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Madison: Lao Laan Xang

2089 Atwood Ave. , Phone: (608) 819-0140


Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #3719

When: 2011

Nice neighborhood place serving fresh, spicy, and delicious Laotian dishes. Friendly and comfortable vibe next to a movie/concert theater.

Directions: Atwood is about a five minute drive from downtown Madison.

Laotian cuisine is similar to Vietnamese or Thai, with the emphasis on the balance between spicy/sweet/sour flavors. Lots of vegetables, and choice of meats or tofu for many dishes. You can specify one of four degrees of spiciness. View the menu here:

http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/menu.php?id=730306

We started with an appetizer of grilled Laotian sausage. This is freshly made, so takes a while after you order it. We didn't know what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised to be served delicate-tasting links of grilled sausage, with a refreshing pile of steamed vegetables, sticky rice, and sweet-spicy dipping sauce. This tasty appetizer was followed by a savory chicken curry, a noodle dish with vegetables, and an unusual dish of ground chicken and herbs, grilled in a banana leaf. Everything was utterly delicious, with lots of differing flavors. We ordered everything "Adventurous," the third option on the spicy scale, which was deliciously spicy, and we like heat.

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