I see this restaurant often and had been dying to try it out.
The name suggests that it served Laos food. When I mentioned that I was going to my Thai language instructor, he tried to create a conversation about what I like about Laos food. When I mentioned that I never had, the class spiraled into another cultural lesson, coupled with a lot of vocabulary words on ordering food in a restaurant.
Loas shares a LOT with the eastern Thai people. In fact, some would say they are the same. The Thais from that region are called yii-san. And the specialty dishes are essentially identical. Their dishes are famous of being spicy, salty, bitter, sour, sweet... basically flavourful in all major ways. So Thais, when eating in yii-san restaurants, often order not just the dish but also dictate how much spice and what kind of spice they want on the dish.
- Som tom (spicy papaya salad)
- Glass noodles
- Laab (minced fried meat slices)
- Green curry
The restaurant itself was quite small, but wonderful traditional decor without sacrificing the modern amenities. Half the restaurant was outdoors, but we opted for indoor air-conditioned seating. Just as well because a heavy storm blew through as we started ordering.
Prices were on the mid-range end. You're paying for the ambiance here. Dishes average 150 THBaht. Not bad, but expensive if you can get the same dishes for 30 baht down the street in a streetside shop.
Service was rather mediocre. Slow, sometimes wait staff vanishing completely. Given that it's a small restaurant to begin with, that's hard to accomplish.
Food was excellent. Spices were tasty and distinct enough for me to figure out what kind of a flavour the sauce meant to bring out of the food. Portions were decent; small on the American end, but sufficient for a group eating family style. Our gang of restaurant triers are finding that family-style dining is the best way to go around here, to sample as many different options as possible.
All in all, a great restaurant to bring guests.
As far as I can tell, the restaurant did not have its own webpage. But this offers some nice photos and address info.