Sticky Rice Lao
Ahem. I'll be the first to admit that I had no idea what Laotian cuisine even was. But Sticky Rice kept popping up on my social media, and the food looked amazing. As soon as I had an early afternoon, I rushed down Colonial Dr. to find this gem tucked away close to the Mills50 district. Parking in this area is generally annoying, but you're bound to find something within walking distance and I had no issues on a Friday afternoon.
The restaurant is tapas style- small platters, which allows you to try different foods and flavors without stuffing yourself, a common issue for food lovers like me. Not only are there a few small platters you can try, but they're also very reasonably priced, which makes your experience even that much more exciting (or makes your indecisiveness that much more difficult).
I recommend you have an order of the sticky rice with your meal, since that is the staple of their diet. I ended up ordering sticky rice, lemongrass pork sausage and the sticky wings.
I was then given a number, and the seating is set up down long wooden tables where they bring your food to you. I didn't have to wait very long, and when my food was brought to me, they were kind enough to explain how to eat the sticky rice (no utensils my friends), and the sauces it came with as well.
The food was so so good. I loved the wings because the flavor had a little bit of char to it, and they were a little on the sweet side but didn't feel heavy. The sausage was amazing, and I'm not even a big sausage fan. I could definitely taste the lemongrass, but it was juicy and even thinking about it now I wish I could have some more. And the sticky rice- considering it really is just white rice- was the perfect partner for the rest of the food. You dip it in the paste (I wish I remembered what's in the paste), and basically it's out of this world delicious!
This was just a small sampling of their menu, and some of the other savory items that were calling my name were the lemongrass beef jerky, the chicken lab and the pork lettuce wraps. For those who love following up meals with a sweet treat, the mango sticky rice was ever tempting.
The entire menu runs from 2$-6$ per item, making this a great spot for a night out with friends or if you’re me, an afternoon to indulge on your own. I was happy as heck with my meal, and vowed to return for more. And you know me, I don't break promises.