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Laos in Town (Washington D.C.)

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. There is nothing wrong with that per se but it is interesting that the city with one of the largest Lao populations in the country cannot support a specifically Lao restaurant. The food, on the whole, was tasty and, as I said, hit the spot that night after meaty heaviness at Hill Country that day, and a lot of fried stuff at the previous night. It was very good, especially with the hotter dipping sauce which the boys eschewed. None of this should be read as discouraging anyone from eating at Laos in Town. So, three adults and two children. But none of it got me very excited.

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A Look at New Restaurant Laos in Town’s Best Dishes

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The owners opened Hanumanh in May of this year. All these restaurants are also far from the mom and pop aesthetic of the vast majority of Twin Cities restaurants where Southeast Asian food of any kind or quality can be found. The major exceptions are which we liked a lot and Lat14 which we hope to visit soon but both of those are pan-Southeast Asian restaurants. Clearly related to the nam khao found in many Thai restaurants, this is one of three non-papaya salads on the menu. There one of the hottest restaurants in town is Thip Khao which opened in late-2014 and has garnered strong reviews ever since.

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Laos in Town (Washington D.C.)

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For now let me tell you what our meal at Laos in Town was like. A relative of the Thai hor-mok and the Cambodian amok, this featured sliced catfish steamed in banana leaves with curry paste, coconut milk and Lao herbs. Our server was personable but neither very knowledgeable about the menu nor reliably present. That was a heavy, meaty meal and so we were not exactly famished either. Finding ingredients could be a struggle, but the chef found satisfaction in the search for pungent, spicy flavors predominant in Lao cooking. For a look at the restaurant and the food, please launch the slideshow below. We arrived to find an attractive restaurant with seating divided between a large outdoor area and a large dining room.

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Laos in Town (Washington D.C.)

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A bar which faces both indoors and out ties them together. Or are we just behind the curve here? The restaurant is bright and attractively done up. Can we expect any more in a metro this size? There are a lot of Lao and more general Southeast Asian signifiers but nothing over the top. The restaurant is located in the NoMa neighbourhood, a short cab ride from our hotel. As per the last census, the Twin Cities metro has twice as many Lao residents as Washington D. And the khao poon, as I said, had less soup and heat than the ones we like here. C, however, things are different.

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Laos in Town, Washington DC

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This was mostly for the boys but came in a large enough portion that I was able to sneak a good taste. It was very good and exactly the bright, acidic start we needed to put the heavier lunch out of our minds. A couple of dishes came with sticky rice and we also got an order of regular steamed rice. Scroll down for thoughts on the meal as a whole, on service and on value. If you do, or if you find them wrong-headed in some way, please write in below. As a matter of fact, a number which I suspect if verified would be large not small of Thai restaurants in the area are run by Lao owners and chefs, and Lao dishes can be found on the menus of many Thai restaurants in the area. Similarly, while Lao-style papaya salads and khao poon are standbys on Twin Cities Thai restaurant menus, those menus themselves are presented as Thai menus.

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Laos in Town, Washington DC

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They offer only a fish-based khao poon. When we ordered he said he would make sure the grilled chicken for the kids and the two salads would come out first; but in fact the khao poon and the steamed fish came out first! So what did we eat at Laos in Town and what did we think of it? That kitchen has spun off other establishments. Or is it also a matter of raising awareness about the diversity of immigrant groups and cultures in the state? We were joined at dinner by an old, dear friend from my high school days in Hyderabad. Anyway, I do not have answers to these questions. C would seem to have more formal Lao restaurants than the Twin Cities, where I count exactly zero restaurants that would fit that bill. Is there a lower level of awareness among mainstream diners in the Twin Cities of the spectrum of immigrant groups here? Restaurant partners Nick Ongsangkoon and executive chef Ben Tiatasin may have grown up in Thailand, but neither has been able to stop thinking about the dishes they grew up eating from the neighboring country of Laos.

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