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Lao Siam

Lao Siam (Paris)

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Dimly lit like a Siam temple, this Belleville embassy for southeast Asian cuisine has been welcoming in hungry diners for 35 years! The menu that’s as long as the Mekong brings together dozens of numbered must-try eats, to be eaten with your chopsticks while seated shoulder-to-shoulder with the other guests. A few of those specialties include: crispy rice squares with a marvelous coconut, shrimp and pork sauce (T18A); Laotian sausages with loads of lemongrass (T21); an intense papaya and pickled crab salad (T17C); lovely pan-fried prawns with vermicelli noodles and a ginger-garlic-chili broth (T33); or a crying tiger special with the house’s spicy sauce (S20). For dessert, there are flambéed banana beignets or fresh mango artistically carved like a porcupine. // A.A.

FEELING THIRSTY? Wines ranging from theconventional to the natural! For example: a nameless wine served by the pitcher (€5.50 for 250 ml) or the glass (€3), a Roussillon red blend from the Domaine Potron-Minet (€32 a bottle), a star Etna white from Franck Cornelissen (€60), etc. And a good old-fashioned glass of Singha (€4.80 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Mains €8.80 to €22.

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