I posted a brief write-up of two meals at Lacha Somtum on my blog today. I began by noting that interest in it seems to have waned somewhat since it opened, and lo and behold there doesn’t appear to have been any but passing mention of it on Food Talk Central. Are people still eating there and just not talking about it? Or is this another case of a solid place being completely passed over in favour of newer ones?
Anyway, some highlights from our two meals included the duck larb, the bamboo shoot salad, the deep fried trout, the papaya salad and the mussels-pancake thing. The tom saab is interestingly different from the version at Isaan Station (less funky) but quite good in its own right. I know nothing about Isaan food so can’t opine on whether this reflects the variations in how its prepared, though I rather expect it does.
Writeup with pictures here for those who care to look: http://myannoyingopinions.com/2016/01/19/lacha-somtum/