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Lao Siam, 19th Arr.

49 Rue de Belleville
France 75019
Tel: 33 1 40 40 09 68
Metro: Belleville's insider take:

This sprawling, overlit, crowded dining room can be pretty noisy, but it's a great address for both fans of Asian cooking and anyone who's counting their euros. The voluminous menu here offers a generally excellent gastronomic tour of Laos and Thailand. Popular with the local Asian diplomatic community, this is a great place to come in a group so that you can sample as many different dishes as possible. Don't miss the giant shrimp sautéed with ginger and chives or the tourteau au diable, a whole crab that's served in a sauce of coconut milk, hot pepper, and celery.

Open Mondays through Saturdays noon to 2:30 and 7:30 to 10:30 pm.

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