Murray Hill is completely over saturated with Thai places, most of which I qualify as TOTS (take-out Thai standard – as in decent pad thai, pad see ew, and basil rice). I rarely order anything else because TOTS places don’t have much else to offer that is good. I miss dishes like steamed lemongrass fish, phat kaphrao (this spicy stir fried ground pork with lots of basil), and LARB. Luckily, a place called Lan Larb opened up near my place. I generally think that if you name your restaurant the name of a food, you are damn good at making that food. Decided to check out the larb!
This (above) is larb. Larb is actually a Laotian dish of minced meat, fish sauce, lime juice, roasted ground rice, and lots of sweet raw onions. It was delicious here. The dish has a great combo of sweetness from the fish sauce and onions, acidity from the lime, and spice from the… spice. The roasted rice was delicious and added a great crunch. I could totally just have this with a bowl of rice and be very, very happy.
Craving the steamed lemongrass fish I always get at authentic Thai restaurants from home, I settled for this crispy basil and garlic whole fish. This was good, but was my least favorite of the three dishes we had. The fish was a red snapper I believe and tasted very fresh. It was unfortunately doused in this thick sweet sauce that overpowered the fish. Not a fan.
We shared a Thai iced tea that was sweet, thick, and very strong. It was a great drank to wash down the spice and garlic from everything.
Definitely will be back to try the other things on the menu. They have a bunch of things I haven’t heard of – always something that gets me excited. Prices are also very reasonable. They don’t have a menu online yet so I can’t tell you exactly how much each thing costed us but our meal ended up being less than $40 for two!