Luang Prabang Restaurants

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    Saibaidee Restaurant.: Do it yourself dining.

    by planxty Updated Feb 10, 2013

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    Whilst all the Lao standards are on offer here, along with a few concessions to Western palates, the speciality is the "Lao barbecue", very similar to a meal I had had in Thailand a few weeks before. As it was Xmas Day the first time I visited, I thought I would treat myself to a barbecue, although treat is hardly the right word, as my meal cost just over £2 (about $3 US). For those of you not familiar with the concept of the Southeast Asian barbecue, allow me to explain.

    A metal brazier affair surrounded by a reservoir is put over a bucket of burning charcoal set in your table and you basically make a soup of barbecued meats, veg and glass noodles yourself, although I defy any one human being to eat the amount of food offered. You are served raw shrimp, squid, chicken, pork and beef accompanied by tomato, about three kinds of wild mushroom, the local watercress, pak choi, some sort of a flowering plant and Heaven knows what else. You barbecue the meats and seafood on the top of the brazier.

    The photos give some idea I hope.

    The idea then is to fill the reservoir from the "soup" which is really stock and add the noodles and vegetables to cook. You then season the whole affair with tamarind sauce and chopped garlic and transfer to your bowl. It was delicious and a suitable repast for the Christmas meal. I was on the point of asking the waiter to send my compliments to the chef, then I remembered it was me and it might have seemed conceited.

    The service was attentive and very friendly so, as it was Christmas, I had a couple of cocktails although I rarely drink spirits. The lychee martini was particularly good.

    There are many barbecue places in Luang Prabang but this one is highly recommended.

    Update February 2013.

    I was revisiting this tip today and found I had only attached one image due to internet limitations in Luang Prabang, so I have added a few more now. Isn't it amazing there is always something more to do on your VT pages? I should add that after I wrote this tip, I used to visit here regularly and became very friendly with the staff and the ownders family, some of whom are seen in one of the images. The two young ladies on the extreme left and right were two of the delightful waitresses there and both were studying at the local teacher training college, funding their studies by waitressing which seems to be a common practice here. After my efforts in Big Brother Mouse I used to drop in here for a coffee and invariably ended up giving impromptu English lessons. I really hope I did not hinder the poor girls studies too much.

    Favorite Dish: The "Set 1" barbecue as detailed above.

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  • Riverloft Restaurant: Fresh, Delicious and Reasonable Prices

    by Maetaow Written Aug 24, 2012

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    I've eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner here during my time in Luang Prabang. Always delicious. But even more than the food is the dramatic riverfront scenery and beautiful wooden building and furniture. Yet in all this luxury there is a certain homeyness that makes you want to stay long after you've eaten. The staff are competent and sincerely friendly. They have done an excellent job of becoming part of the ambiance that is Luang Prabang.

    Favorite Dish: Breakfast = Superbowl. A large serving of about 10 kinds of fruit topped with homemade yogurt and the best granola (muesli) ever tasted. Anywhere.

    Lunch = Fried rice with a coconut milk mango shake. Or for my western cravings, a cheeseburger or a tuna melt on a whole wheat bagel. It's suppose to be on toast, but they put it on a bagel for me - at no extra charge!

    Dinner = Laap, eggplant, stir-fried mixed veggies and sticky rice. Or maybe another cheeseburger.

    They have the full menu descriptions, prices and photos on their website.

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  • The House - Restaurant and Belgian Beer Bar: Best food for the money!

    by Ai-B Written Apr 17, 2012

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    The House Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos is simply the best food for the price. Friendly staff, beautiful garden seating and a great beer selection. A must go!

    Favorite Dish: Kebab, Steak and Beef Stew hits the spot every time.

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    BBQ by the bridge: Fantastic BBQ duck at local hangout

    by boholdave Written Mar 7, 2012

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    This is a really small local hangout tucked away next to the old bridge in Luang Prabang. Run by a young couple (Loulou and Vanphaeng) its a great place to meet the locals and have some great food. No menu, no restaurant name sign but easy to find next to the river. Just ask for whats good on the night (usually duck or pork etc) and of course the ice cold Beer Lao!

    Favorite Dish: BBQ Duck is a must try! Not sure what they marinate it in before grilling it but its wonderful. The pork is great as well. Ask for vegetables and sticky rice as a side dish.

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    all-u-can-eat, vegetarian

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    While at the night handicraft market you may come across an alleyway on the Mekhong side that is lined with many stalls where you can eat. Halfway down on the right hand-side there are 2 vegetarian stalls with perhaps a selection of 20 different foods to choose from. Grab a plate and load it up with the selections you choose, this will cost 10,000 kip and will be well worth it.

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    try the restaurants by the river

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    Try taking your breakfast at one of the restaurants by the Mekhong where you can idle over your meal and watch the activities on the river. Many boats will be jamming the tourists in for trips upriver and other will be crossing to the other side. There are many restaurants at the side of the river, we tried a few, they were all reasonably priced and the food was fine

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    various stalls: food stalls at handicraft night market

    by davidjo Written Mar 2, 2012

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    When strolling around the night market you will come across a few hawkers selling baguettes stuffed with ham, cheese, veg, eggs, tuna or just about anything you desire. These are probably the best baguettes in the whole of Laos, and very filling too!! Also purchase a fresh fruit shake from some of the other stands, the fruit is already cut up and placed in plastic cups so you can have the shake of your choice. Recommend the dragon fruit shake. Baguettes start at around 10,000 and shakes are 5,000

    fruit awaiting shaking tasty baguettes awaiting to be eaten

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    Arisai: French/Thai Fusion

    by triplehelix Written Feb 20, 2011

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    After a long day of tromping around Luang Prabang, I was ready to settle in for the night. At the last minute, I decided to check my email and headed to the lobby. I met one of the hotels owners who struck up a conversation with me. The conversation gravitated toward restaurants and dining in general. She suggested I try a place called Arisai who is operated by a friend of theirs. I decided to get my shoes on and headed toward town. It was one of the better travel decisions I've made and was I trilled with the selection! Their menu items change daily and young prospective chef's are brought in from all corners of Laos to train. The head Chef Sommay Inthavong is originally from Thailand but has trained all over France and America. He led me over to the giant picture window viewing the kitchen and preparation. What a show!

    Favorite Dish: I decided to dine away from the crowd down stairs since I can't bare to be around smoking. I was alone but oh so near to the wine cabinet with a view of the empty school yard and hills over the Mekong. I ordered a salad with spring rolls to start and a Moroccan style main course of couscous and sausage served with lightly braised vegetables. Their wine selection is fantastic and so are their deserts! They scored a Conde Nast Travelers US Editor's 2009 #1 pick.

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    Cao Kiep: Local style Rice Cakes

    by tremendopunto Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    There is one lane, a small side alley around Wat Xieng Tong, where all the houses produce rice cakes, actualy the main ingredience is the Kassawa root. Hundreds of bamboo sheets hang there covered all over with fresh rice cakes to dry in the sun. And the houses there sell it like a factory outlet ;-) Cant get it any fresher I would say.

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    Cai Pen: Riverweed with chili, garlic and sesame

    by tremendopunto Updated Nov 28, 2010

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    Cai Pen: This really is a Lao specialty - not since his Hong Kong food hunter showed it on tv and brought it to the famous 5-star restaurants and hotels over this planet: the Mekong river weed/grass refined with chili, garlic and sesame.
    Especially tasty when integrated into all kinds of meals like the Green Elephant offers - yummi!

    riverweed with chili, garlic and sesame fresh riverweed
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    Mekong riverside: Dine with a View

    by tigertribal Updated Oct 1, 2010

    I dont think there is a lot of difference between the riverside restaurants. I cant remember which one we ate at but it was good.

    Tried some local dishes ie LP sausage, papaya salad, deep fried river moss etc all washed down with the great BeerLao. Cheap & tasty.

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    Baguette stalls: French influence

    by tigertribal Updated Oct 1, 2010

    Opposite the Ancient Hotel, are a line of stalls selling freshly made baguettes for 10,000 kip; chicken, salad, cheese etc. Other stalls sell real fruit smoothies (5,000 kip) & beautiful Lao coffee (7,000 kip). Went there for lunch every day.

    Recommended

    Stalls then move across the road in the evening to join the night market.

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    The Pizza Restaurant: Extensive range of toppings

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 22, 2010

    This large and very popular aptly named pizza restaurant is located right in the middle of the main restaurant area on the main road through the old town. I had a pretty good ham and mushroom thin Italian style pizza and a beer for 54,000 kip. All the usual pizza suspects are on the menu along with an extensive range of toppings plus you'll also find several Lao and SE Asian dishes as well.

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    Nazin Indian Restaurant: Good spicy food!

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 22, 2010

    This restaurant is located on the main road in the town along with other restaurants and art galleries and such like. It's run by a couple of Indian guys which is always good to see in an Indian restaurant as then you know that the food will tend to be of a high standard. One guy comes from Pondicherry whilst the other comes from Madras and after chatting with them for a little while about India, my meal of chicken madras, rice, naan and poppadums arrived and was very good, if slightly on my tolerance of spiciness!

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    Snack stalls: Near the tourist information office

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 22, 2010

    There are several snack stalls selling all kinds of tasty treats along the road that leads down towards the river from the Tourist Information Centre. Here you'll find barbequed meat such as sausages, pork and chicken as well as grilled fish. There are also some stalls opposite the Tourist Information Centre that sell French baguettes with happy cow cheese, salads and Nutella and peanut butter spreads.

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