Don’t let the valet service out front or the lounge-like atmosphere of Lao Lane Xang 2 fool you: although slightly more expensive than its shabbier parent restaurant opposite, the South East Asian cooking here is still deliciously affordable.
For the best experience, reserve a table upstairs with its fountains, plants and statues. Prompt service brings things like dried beef and papaya salad, caramelised pork and beef curry with coconut milk (€8-€8.40), done with a beautifully light touch, while the whole fried mackerel with Laotian herbs (€14.80) is a standout dish. For a light dessert, try the roast pineapple in coconut milk.
Lunchtime set menus at €10.80 include a starter, salad, main, rice and a glass of wine – a real bargain.
|Venue name:||Lao Lane Xang 2||Contact:|
102 avenue d'Ivry
|Opening hours:||Daily 12noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Tolbiac|
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Don't be fooled by the classy decor, the appealing menu or even the reputation of the parent establishments. Just use your ears. That 'ding' you hear every few minutes is not a gong. It's not a prayer bell. It's a microwave. Used for the rice, among other things. There should be a special hell for people who put top-notch rice in the microwave - and for food critics who can't tell. The rest of the food is meh, more pretentious than really audacious or tasty, and on every occasion I was there, service was incredibly unpleasant, both to me (a Westerner), to my husband (Chinese) and my friends. Plenty of honest, even talented, establishments in this area, but this is not one of them.