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A look at the new Laotian restaurant Bida Manda in downtown Raleigh.
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Bida Manda

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Categories: Restaurants & Bars, Asian, Bar, Downtown
222 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner Mon-Thurs 5-10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 5 p.m.-midnight
(919) 829-9999
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Laotian cuisine in downtown Raleigh and one of the first Laotian restaurants in the U.S.

Bida Manda is a thoughtful and sharp gathering place celebrating the diverse food traditions of Laos. Sanskrit for father and mother, siblings Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha named the restaurant Bida Manda as a way of honoring their parents in Laos who taught them everything they know about food, hospitality, and the power it has in bringing people together.

In April 2013, Food Network chef Maneet Chauhan hosted a special dinner there. The meal was filmed as part of her upcoming reality/documentary series.

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Caroline S. Dec 4, 2016
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Simply fabulous dining experience. I savored every single bite of the sea bass, which was melt-in-your mouth delicate, and perfectly flavored. I don't... (more)
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Ranjay J. Nov 23, 2016
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This place definitely (and surprisingly) lives up to the hype. Granted, our only other experience with Lao food was some mindblowingly good food when we... (more)
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Sue Y. Nov 16, 2016
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2 stars because their bar and bar staff were pretty great. I walked in without a reservation on a Tuesday night. There were more than 5 empty tables. I... (more)
bcbunn1968 Mar 25, 2014
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Staff was great. Food was wonderful but nothing totally unique from any Pacific rim cuisine. Personally, I think it is a bit overpriced considering the ingredients in some of the dishes. Basil stir fry with beef at $19.00?? Pumpkin Curry (no meat here) at $17.00??

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