A couple of weekends ago my wife and I were looking for somewhere to quickly grab some carry-out food to enjoy picnic style in Washington Park with the kiddos. A quick search sent us a half block south of the park on Race Street to Cafe Lang Thang, across the street from the School for Creative and Performing Arts.
Cafe Lang Thang is the latest restaurant offering from the same guys who brought Pho Lang Thang to Findlay Market. It opened late last year serving up banh mi sandwiches as well as soup, salad and rice bowls. Orders are placed at the counter and while it makes for a quick carry-out location, there are numerous tables on the inside and even a few on the sidewalk outside.
There is a marketplace that sells boutique type Asian goods. There is a revenue split program where the restaurant collects a percentage of the revenue for each product sold and provides shelf space for the goods.
My wife and I both sampled banh mi sandwiches during this visit. She went with the Xiu Mai, which is Vietnamese style meatballs, pickled daikon & carrots, cilantro, and red sauce ($7). The sandwiches come served on a banquette style bread and are served with flavored ramen noodle “chips” on the side. The meatballs are pork based and relatively large. The flavors of this sandwich meshed very well and this sandwich is a good taste of what Cafe Lang Thang is all about.
If you are somewhat hesitant about trying new things, there are some more familiar items on the menu as well. On this visit I ordered the madras curry chicken salad with cashews, cilantro, and curry aioli ($6). I appreciated the addition of a side of Sriracha with both sandwiches, so you can spicy up your meal if you so desire. This was a very solid chicken salad offering and it was prepared fresh right before my eyes.
Cafe Lang Thang also offers a few specialty drink offerings. We were told that if we checked-in on Facebook we could both earn free drinks. The mango limeade ($2.50) was delicious, while the green tea ($2.50) was a little too strong on its own and probably would be better with a flavor addition. Overall we had a very pleasant first visit to Cafe Lang Thang and will definitely remember this spot for any future picnics in the park.