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Vientiane Cafe


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$7 - $17
Asian, Thai
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4 skewers. grilled served with peanut and cucumber salsa, tofu or chicken
Fish Cake
seasoned with mix herbs and chili paste; served with cucumber salsa.
Shrimp $7.95
Tofu $6.95
asian crepe stuffed with shrimp, bean sprouts, onions, & carrots; served with house sauce.
Vegetarian $4.95
Shrimp $5.95
Fresh Spring Rolls (2)
soft rice paper with herbs & vermicelli with sweet peanut sauce
Vegetable Or Pork $5.95
Duck $6.95
Spring Roll
deep-fried until golden; served with house sauce.
Pork Or Vegetable $6.95
Shrimp $7.95
Steamed Dumplings
served with chili garlic soy sauce.
Grilled Vegetables
mixed vegetables that's marinated; served with peanut sauce.
Fried Tofu
with plum sauce and crushed peanuts.
fresh steamed soybean pods
Home-made Beef Jerky
marinated pieces of beef with steamed vegetables; served with chili paste.
Vegetarian $4.95
Chicken $5.95
Shrimp $6.95
Tom Yum
with kalange root, kaffir leaves and chili lemon grass
Vegetarian $4.95
Chicken $5.95
Shrimp $6.95
Coconut Soup
carrots, onions, and broccoli with coconut milk
Vegetarian $4.95
Chicken $5.95
Shrimp $6.95
Spinach Soup
spinach in a clear broth
Vegetarian $4.95
Chicken $5.95
Shrimp $6.95
Clear Noodles Soup
silver noodles, napa cabbage, and carrots.
wonton stuffed with shrimp in a clear broth.
Miso Soup
soybean based with seaweed and tofu.
House Salad
crispy spring mixed with tomatoes, cucumbers, eggs, & crushed peanuts; served with house dressing
Green Papaya Salad
shredded green papaya with tomatoes, chili, lime juice and special sauce, topped with crush peanuts. vegetarian, thai with fish sauce, or lao with anchovies
Baby Portabella Salad
grilled portabella mushroom on a bed of spring mixed salad, with crushed peanuts; served with special dressing.
Tofu $6.95
Chicken Or Beef $7.95
Shrimp $8.95
Yum Salad
marinated with asian herbs, spring mixed salad, lemon grass, kaffir leaves, spicy lemon dressing and crushed peanuts.
Vegetarian Naam Salad
marinated rice with coconut flakes then tossed with mints, scallions, lime juice, lime leaves, crushed peanut; served with lettuce to wrap
tofu $12.95, chicken $13.95, beef $14.95, shrimp $16.95, half of duck $18.95, grilled salmon $17.95, pan seared tilapia $15.95. served with jasmine rice
Sweet Basil
sauteed with garlic, chili pepper, broccoli, carrots, and onion in a spicy gravy sauce.
Eggplant Sweet Basil
bell peppers, onions, and carrots in a sweet chili sauce.
Ginger Sauce
sauteed with garlic, chili peppers, red bell pepper, carrots, onion in a spicy sauce.
Tamarind Sauce
shiitake mushrooms with spinach chili sauce.
Chicken Beef
tofu, salmon or shrimp.
Sweet And Sour Cucumber
cucumbers, pineapples, onions, and tomatoes.
marinated and mixed herbs served with sticky rice.
soup-like with sauteed lemongrass, shallots, chili, asian eggplant, dill; served with sticky rice.
contains eggs with napa cabbage, clear noodles, sweet basil & chili
tofu $12.95, chicken $13.95, beef $14.95, shrimp $16.95, half of duck $18.95, grilled salmon $17.95, pan seared tilapia $15.95. choice of:
with potatoes, onions, broccoli, carrots & chili pepper.
with onions, bell peppers, chili, broccoli & carrots
with onions, green beans, broccoli, & carrots.
seasoned with spices, ground peanuts & herbs in coconut milk.
tofu $12.95, chicken $13.95, beef $14.95, shrimp $16.95. choice of:
Pad Thai
sauteed rice noodles with broccoli, carrots and bean sprouts.
Pad See-eew
sauteed nat rice noodles with mixed vegetables in soy sauce.
sauteed flat rice noodles with onions, carrots, broccoli, chili pepper, basil.
Lad Na
sauteed flat rice noodles with mixed vegetables in gravy sauce
tofu $12.95, chicken $13.95, beef $14.95, shrimp $16.95. choice of:
House Special
Crazy Pineapple
Spicy Basil
Spicy Yellow Curry
Tofu $9.95
Chicken Or Beef $10.95
Pho Sure Soup
rice noodles or flat rice noodles soup with bean sprouts & scallions
Steamed Tilapia
stuffed with mushroom, onions, carrot, and silver noodles; served with red curry sauce and steamed vegetables
Bbq Cornish Hen
marinated, grilled with coconut milk, served with house special sauce; served with sticky rice.
Home Made Sausages
stuffed with pork, spices, lemon grass & kaffir leaves; served with steamed vegetables & sticky rice
Thai Cut Fish
deep-fried whole fish with steamed vegetables; served with sticky rice.
Grilled Salmon $17.95
Tilapia $15.95
Roasted Half Duck $18.95
Triple Flavored
sweet, sour, and chili sauce, served with steamed vegetables. choice of: deep-fried whole red snapper
Steam Sweet Rice
Coconut Rice Pudding
Coconut Ice Cream
Banana Chocolate Spring Rolls
Fried Banana Tempura
Mango Sticky Rice
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Reviewed January 8, 2019

Having lived in both Laos and Thailand for years, I can say that I know the genuine cuisines of those countries and hold little tolerance for establishments which cut corners or pass bogus dishes off as the real deal. Whenever I encounter a "Lao" restaurant...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank angkor123
Reviewed October 24, 2018

I don't usually take the time to write reviews like this, especially not about family-owned neighborhood places I've gone to for 15 years. I understand every restaurant can have a rocky night, I'm not a difficult diner, and I try to give servers the benefit...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lemmybites
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Before going to Philly this summer for a getaway, I checked out some restaurants and neighborhoods that I hadn't yet had the chance to experience on my previous jaunts to the city. I enjoy Asian food and found a couple of write-ups on this establishment...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank SpanishteacherMD
Reviewed January 25, 2018

I went for lunch the other day for the first time and had a wonderful lunch ( 3 courses) , the coconut soup is so fresh and tasty I wanted to pick it up and drink it down. I will be going back to try...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Sonja T
Reviewed May 13, 2017

A simple restaurant in a nice neighbourhood of West Philadelphia. I had Lao Catfish, which comes deep fried, with two hot sauces on the side, and some vegetables. It was ok. Coconut soup was nice, the dessert (Coconut sorbet) was very plain, the weakest part...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank YouBeeTs
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

I usually only ever order takeout from here on my lunch break, but always enjoy my meals. A personal fav is the Lao Style Porridge especially is colder temperatures.

Date of visit: January 2017
Thank tiredtravelgirl
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

The Name is Vietnam Cafe! The dishes are not as spicy as expected, but the Service was very good!! We had Papaya salad with Fried Rice and chicken Curry. If you have been to asia expect a soft Version of what you get there :)

Date of visit: November 2016
Thank 577mart
Reviewed October 16, 2016

I have a certain affinity for yellow coconut curry, and this place definitely met the mark. Not the best I've every had, but pretty good. It's byob, and I would definitely come back.

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank blas b
Reviewed September 1, 2016

Vientienne is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is alway wonderful. I recommend the fish cakes, thai style papaya salad, fresh shrimp spring rolls for appetizers. My son always gets the Chicken Coconut soup. We usually go with the green curry I get chicken, my...More

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank chibba2016
Reviewed August 14, 2016

First visit and it was a good experience! My friend who is Thai thought we should try it and we were not disappointed. Started with the Vietnamese crepe - YUMMM and a papaya salad. We each ordered different entrees which we shared, and a Thai...More

Date of visit: August 2016
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