MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View
This Laotian hot spot serves up vibrant family-style plates brimming with tart and spicy notes that pack a punch—make that a Bang Bang, actually, as in the house sauce of mixed chilies, cilantro, fish sauce and garlic served to diners as a welcome, along with a basket of sticky rice. The food is worth braving the wait and decibel levels, so sip a craft brew or cocktail before digging in. Start with a plate of wide rice noodles and bits of slow-cooked pork in a coconut-rich yellow curry garnished with herbs, bean sprouts and slivered banana blossom. Banana leaf-steamed red snapper is another beautifully prepared item, paired with crisped artichoke hearts, Chinese broccoli and more of that sauce. Bright and bitter grapefruit sorbet is a fitting finish.