I noticed this place since it’s in the same little mall as Ba Le. Tried to go a few weeks ago but they happened to have had a visit from the health inspectors and were closed for an hour or so.
Lao papaya salad ($8). Ordered Thai spicy, came Thai spicy. Funky and good.
Dry tom yum noodle ($8). Ordered because it said SPICY! on the menu, asked for Thai spicy, came a step down from the papaya salad, which was fine. The description said “sliced pork” so I was happily surprised that some of it was liver.
My kind of place. I’ll be going back regularly. It’s just a couple of blocks from the place I buy kimchi and a slight detour from the Richmond Costco.