Reservations are required, and you can call 202-388-3086 to get a spot at the table. The set menu (no substitutions -- sorry vegetarians and allergy sufferers) is $50, and seating times begin at 5 p.m. What can Laotian newbies expect? Here's the menu:
Nam Khao: A salad of fried crispy rice balls, coconut, peanuts, and other ingredients.
Sai Oua: Laotian sausage seasoned with lemongrass and cilantro, among other flavors.
Tum Marg Huong: Papaya salad with tomato and lime.
Laab Ped: Spiced duck.
Orm Pah: Curried fish stew.
Som Pah: Pickled fish.
Bua Loy: Sweetened rice balls in coconut milk.