The sign above the door of the newest restaurant on Kerry Forrest Parkway appeared to have been spray painted on plywood. The black letters on the neon green background declared the establishment’s name was Lan Xang, and as I opened the glass door I was looking forward to trying one of their Thai dishes.
The restaurant sits in a narrow store front. Three rows of tabled were arranged the long way with two flat screen televisions on the walls. The walls were painted white, moss green and decorated with an ecletic collection of art. Three Chinese lanterns stood oer the cash register. A long red vinyl booth is on the right hand wall. At the back sits the sushi bar complete with rock accents. It felt like a patchwork of discarded items from various Chinese restaurants.
My friend Joe and me walked in around noon and the place was empty. We sat down at a table near the wall and the waitress came over to take our drink order. While she got our beverages I looked over the menu. She returned and told us the restautant was run by the people who used to run Sushilicious. Sure enough, the sushi menu was emblazoned with the name of the old restaurant.
After looking over the menu I ordered two piece of tuna nigiri and the Pad Kee Mao which consisted of wide rice noodles with eggs, onion, chili paste, Thai basil, broccoli tomatoes and chicken.
My sushi arrived and I asked where the fish was from. The chef at the back told me he had it flown in once a week on Thursday from Miami. The tuna was firm, and had a good flavor. The rice which is often overlooked was nicely packed and had a good flavor. It was a good example of tuna nigiri.
The Pad Kee Mao arrived on a blue patterned plate. A mound of delicate rice noodles was accompanied with vegetables and thinly sliced chicken. The Thai basil and chilis lent a spicy flavor to the dish which I enjoyed. The rice noodles and chicken were cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the dish. By the end of lunch my plate was clean and I was looking forward to coming back to try another of their dishes.
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