Walking in I was dubious - "oh, it's a hotel lobby restaurant...." But decor is elegant pan-Asian, stylish, enough to say, "let's try." So glad we did! Best dinner we've had in a week here, will definitely be back a couple times to try all the variety and intriguing combos - not a huge menu, but very interesting mix. We tried...
:: Chicken w/ chili-cashew: Scrumptious, Thai-esque, bright sparkly flavor, not spicy. Crunchy+sweet+tangy...
:: Mussaman buffalo curry: Rich flavor, layered, tender. Not sure what kind of potatoes (or something else) - not mushy/starchy like you often get in Mussaman curry, instead really added something special to this.
:: Penne w/ tomato & olive: Disappointing, not much to say other than "pass" on this.
:: Onion tarte w/ pesto: Totally unexpected wow. Fine crumb crust, pleasantly crisp. Onions fully caramelized and melting together. Pesto has an intriguing yummy brightness and a fine pinenut crunch.
:: Poached pear w ginger: Sweet, nice blend of spices, good w the coconut icecream. Didn't quite "wow" but definitely tasty, esp if you like ginger.
:: Bananas flambe (?): no flames, but great flavor, bananas in Laos are generally flavorful, these were extra good, and almost had to lick the plate.
US$50 for 4 of us, no wine/beer, so definitely more $ than many places in this delightful food haven, but well worth it.
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