Review: a haven for heat lovers! Vientiane is known to the locals as the place to go for spicy Lao-Thai food. most restaurants tone down the heat scale for the typical midwestern palate, but this is not the case here. if you are daring, try "three stars" heat, otherwise ask for "no stars" or go somewhere else for a nice mild veggie burger. anyone asking for more than three stars is made of iron. with the closing of Thai Garden restaurant in Monona, this is one of the few remaining places left in town i can get it this hot--elsewhere i have to beg for hotter than four stars. even with "zero stars," there's plenty of flavor in the dishes. the squash curry and an iced tea will brighten any cold winter day. the portions are generous for the price. i frequently take half my dish home for lunch the next day...the wonderful smells make coworkers envious when i heat it up in the break room.