Most people who read the Lonely Planet may opt to go to Jasmine's across the street, but Nazim's (chain restaurant) is a good choice. There is indoor and outdoor sidewalk seating. The portions are decent and the quality is good. Price is relatively cheap too.
UPDATE: Nov 2012, if you read the comment to this tip, it has been noted that the restaurant has changed locations and therefore also clientele, kitchen and quality. It may need a little improvements.
Favorite Dish: Had Pakal Paneer, chicken Tikal masala, padak masala. All about 8,000~10,000 kip each.
Whilst visiting Pakse we stayed at the Pakse Hotel and although we can recommend the hotel, we cannot recommend its roof-top restaurant. The view was quite lovely and as such the restaurant lives up to its name, but that's where the magic ended. The waiter forgot our drinks order and our entree. When we politely reminded him, he accused us of not making the order. My main-course was chicken Larb, which was loaded with chilli but no spice and was therefore quite unpleasant. My fiance had pork strips and noodles in a peanut cream sauce, however, the pork was over-cooked and rock hard, and the peanut sauce had been forgotten. Consequently, we didn't stay for dessert.
My fiance and I have just returned from Laos and we enjoyed every minute. Whilst we were in Pakse, we ate at Nazim based on the reviews, but we were sadly disappointed. Nazim is no longer located on the main street, it is now in a side street which has dramatically reduced their clientele and the quality of the food as a consequence. Most of the menu selections were unavailable due to a lack of supplies and the meal which we received was not an authentic indian dish, but rather, something thrown together by the chef with what was available. My recommendation would be to think twice before eating there as there are likely to be better options on the main street and the waterfront.
In an environment with soft background music chil out I had the chance to taste delicious Italian cuisine prepared by Italian hands alternating with plates of the place,
all accompanied by good service and a family atmosphere where all kinds of information about the area is immediately paid, also confronted the bus to arrive and depart for Vientiane and a few meters from the Mekong is very easy to reach
Bolaven Cafe opened in 2011. It's run by the lovely Mama Tan and her passion for coffee, food and people shows! She'll make you feel like one of her own kids the moment you walk through the door (she'll feed you like you're one of her own too - some how free pastry samples kept appearing on our table! :-) ).
The cafe is modern, clean, cool, with free wifi. The coffee is great - home brewed from beans from her own organic farms on the Bolaven plateau! The menu is small but covers all the basics and the portions are generous. The Lao waitstaff are all really sweet - the most friendly service we've experienced in Pakse.
Favorite Dish: This was our regular for breakfast while we were in Pakse. Everything we tried from the breakfast menu was great. The banana muffins are awesome. The iced mocha is a meal/dessert all on it's own - like an amazing, frosty chocolate mousse you can drink!
This little restaurant is the outside seating area of a grocery and general store. The food is made right next to you on an outdoor stove. The portions are quite large and the quality is good. Ate here a few times and enjoyed it every time.
If you want a snack for later, the baguette vendor just to the side makes wonderful sandwiches that you can take to-go and eat later.
Favorite Dish: Served delicious fried egg noodle and pork for 15,000 kip
Spending too much time in the tropical heat, I often find myself craving something to cool me down. Ice cream usually does the trick. However, ice cream in Laos is not always easy to find, let alone the kind that is not served on a stick...
open 6:30am to 11:00pm
Favorite Dish: The restaurant has a normal food menu, but serves ice cream. They have chocolate, served with chocolate sauce, strawberry served with strawberry sauce, etc... two scoops in each serving (12,000 kip)
Smart and relaxed open-air restaurant. Just go in the hotel and upstairs. Wide range of food and you can watch the cook preparing your meal, or just have a beerlao or two. Very polite and friendly staff. More expensive than a foodstall, but look at the sunset!
Favorite Dish: Beerlao.
They had great choice of food, nice cooked and good service. Good choice for vegetarian after you get tired of fried rice with vegetable or noodle soup. Cheap restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Aloo tomato curry, pineapple shake, lime juice, vegetarian samosas
I got a recommendation from one guide book on this noodle shop. Yes!! It's delicious and fresh noodle in Chinese style. But the shop was so dirty with tissue papers and bad condition. It's a contrast between delicious and clean.
Favorite Dish: Yellow noodle in Chinese style.