Heres a bit of background information.......A family ran a much-discussed, non-licensed Thai/Loa restaurant in the backyard of their rowhouse in West Philly. Back in early summer, I chatted with the father/owner about their new legal restaurant venture to open sometime in mid-August in the vicinity of 40-something and Baltimore Avenue.
Fast forward a few months.......on Saturday I drove by the Vietiane Café Yes, I thought, this could be it! Yes, I was going to have green curry! Yes! Oh happy day! But alas, I arrived around 3 oclock only to find they were closed. So, I peered through the window, dreaming of curry......I saw the hours and thought, maybe, just maybe, Id call back later when they were open for dinner. Well, I did, and there was no answer.
Heres the details:
4728 Baltimore Avenue south side of Baltimore Avenue (a couple of blocks below Spruce)
Phila, PA 19143
Hours: Monday through Saturday 11-3, and 5-10, closed Sunday
Small space next to co-op/health food store, seats approximately 25, padded chrome chairs with tables covered in garden party floral tablecloths. A few tapestries and paintings on the walls. Simple, nice space, nothing fancy. Tables were 4-tops, some 3-tops, didnt seem to have deuces.
Menu: looks like approximately 25 items much larger than the 5 entrees they served previously. Couldnt read the menu on the table through the window, but I did see that they are opening in October. Menu also stated Brand New from the Blue Tent I knew I was in the right place. It will be interesting to see their prices since at their previous location, entrees hovered around $4-5 (!). Very tasty, very fresh food.
So, I will continue to call and post a report when I finally sample the goods.