Naka Bistro Lao + Thai Cuisine

Don’t come out to Langley often so we decided to check out Naka Bistro Lao + Thai Cuisine for lunch. They’re a family run business and apparently, the only restaurant in metro Vancouver offering Laotian dishes.

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Sign outside.

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Hours. Closed on Sundays.

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We dropped in on a Friday afternoon (around 1:00pm) and it was packed. We were told it would be roughly a 20-30 minute wait but luckily, it was closer to 20. Service was friendly but lacked some attentiveness. Our waitress offered other meat options but didn’t inform us that it was $2.00 extra.

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The menu is split into starters, soups & salad, lao, stir fry, noodles & rice and lunch specials. 7 daily lunch special options (available from 11:00am to 3:00pm). All the lunch deals come with a house salad, vegetarian spring roll and steamed rice.

Pad kaprao ($12.00)
DSC05453Sauteed chicken with basil, bell peppers, onion, chili and onions.

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Standard fare.

Or gai ($12.00)
DSC05457Spicy Laotian stew cooked with chicken, dill, eggplant and green beans. First time trying this style of stew out. Homey and comforting.

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Really enjoyed the lemongrass note. Vegetables were also tasty.

Red curry ($12.00)
DSC05459Bell peppers, bamboo shoots, coconut milk and basil leaves in red curry. We added beef ($2.00 extra) but wouldn’t have if we had been told it was extra. Curry itself was light and had good coconut flavour. Bamboo shoots were tender. Not much, if any, heat though.

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If you’re in the area, check out NBL+TC.

Naka Bistro Lao + Thai Cuisine
https://www.nakabistro.com/
20055 Fraser Highway
Langley, BC
(604) 510-1558