I’ll be honest with you, the Noodle Club did have to look up where Laos is, BUT on the bright side, we learned a new fact that day. Now on to the review: Thip Khao is a Laotian food restaurant in Columbia Heights and it is easy to find, while also being metro accessible. On the first impression, one of our club members called it “swanky.” Others of us said “It was very spacious and big windows brought in a lot of natural light” and “This looks like it will be yummy. I love the dragon / serpent art on the wall, and the overall look!”
The service got 5 out of 5 stars. They were very nice and helpful when telling us about what certain foods are on the menu, but it would have been nice if they split the check for us at the end (they made us do all the math, including the tax). We all tried something different: noodles with fried tofu on the special menu, red coconut curry, Kua Mee Vieng Chanh, Had Muu Som, which is rice-cured sour pork belly Bahn mi sandwich, and garlic noodles. The broth, presentation, and noodle texture/consistency all received four stars from us! Overall, we loved the food but when one of ordered a noodle dish, the noodle portion was SUPER small. The fried tofu with the sweet chili sauce and the curry was UHMAZING. Some of the members said is was the best noodle restaurant that we have visited thus far. The timing, communication, friendliness, and tastes were impeccable.