Growing up we quickly learned the role food plays in Lao and Thai culture. Whether we're just stopping by to say, "hi" to Grandma or are participating in a religious ceremony, an incredible feast always seems to be present. There is no way you can walk into a Laotian or Thai household and not be offered something (delicious) to eat.
We created Viphalay with the hope of sharing the wonderful culture we grew up with, one that is centred around incredible food and a strong sense of community.
This is where it all started, South of Little Italy's Gate and 2 blocks East of Chinatown, our cozy little place within the Mcauley community.
Opened in 2012 we expanded to a larger space with a patio and a second floor great for booking private events. A buffet area is also available for private bookings here.
Viphalay is run by the Mounma family. Dad was behind the construction of the Viphalay Stadium location, our original home, the space was gutted and reconstructed into what you see today. He is not only an incredibly skilled carpenter and electrician but he can also cook a mean pad thai.
Mom is the reason Viphalay exists, we love her cooking. Although you're more likely to see Mom at the front of house now rather than hiding in the kitchen, she is Viphalay's original head chef. It's mainly her recipes you'll be treated to at the restaurant.