There are many restos around the hotels and main tourist district but if you want to eat cheap (but are not so picky about you eat) which locals also patronize, then just head to the Talat Sao mall , go to the top/third floor where the fast food outlets are. You could get a big, hot bowl of noodles with broth and pork slices which is very filling and costs only 15,000 kip or about $ 1.90.
Also available are pasta, sandwiches, fried chicken, and other exotic stuff like kidneys, intestines, liver (of what animal, I don't know!).
Everytime we go on holiday, one of the first things I Google is to see if the cities or towns have a Mexican restaurant, as we love Mexican food. I think the only country that did not have any Mexican restaurants was Burma.
Alexia did a fair attempt at it. The usual nachos, chilli con carne & chimichangas, all ok.
The young waiter did a good job as he appeared to take orders, serve food, work behind the bar & clean up, all with a big smile.
Tried the 'Laos Discovery Set' which takes you through various courses of typical Lao dishes (fish hot & sour soup, papaya salad, laap, sticky rice etc) including a glass of Lao Lao (rocket fuel).
Also offers other Asian food along with steaks, burgers etc.
Lao food is very tasty, provided it is done with the right ingredients. This relatively modest resto has been recommended to us by the taxi driver, and he definitely gave us a good tip. I had Lao Fish Salad at at LAP 40'000 (superb), Yom Yoh at 50'000 and Stir-fried Vermicelli at 30'000. A pity that we could not manage more.
This small, simple Indian restaurant is located just south of the National Culture Hall and has Indian food at good prices. It's meant to be the best Indian in Vientiane, according to Lonely Planet but the sauce wasn't like an Indian curry sauce and was way too runny and not thick but the naan bread and poppadums were fine.
There's another Joma Bakery in Luang Prabang, which I also went to, and I came here for lunch and had a slice of apple crumble, which evoked my taste buds from home, and a banana milkshake for 30,000 kip. Their extensive menu covers everything from breakfast to dessert and you could eat every meal here and not be disappointed. Portions are generous and many dishes are accompanied by a hearty salad. Dessert is sublime and highly recommended.
This is a very popular restaurant that's located in the centre of the city in one of the streets that leads away from the river. It has a contemporary design, soft seating and good music which add to the chilled ambience and the staff are excellent. Happy hours every day offer two for the price of one on standard cocktails and pitchers of beer, and the restaurant serves some splendid Asian and Western food at very reasonable prices. I came here and had honey spare ribs and rice which was very good.
Xayoh is a trendy pizzeria and bistro that also serves a handful of Lao and Thai dishes. The setting is lovely, but the menu is generic. This is a popular place for an afternoon jug of beer or two and a fairly good hangout come the evening. They also do a good breakfast in the morning.
We've been here quite often for a beer and food (well, when you go out for beer here you will always order some food to have it with alcohol, that's how locals do to deal post drinking problem easier:) and it seems that other people like that place too (mainly Lao).
Beer has the lowest price in the town and it's good idea to order draught one here. Listen to live music or karaoke and try not to think about mosquitos biting your ankles (it's swampy area next to the place). erviceis fast and very friendly but they don't speak much English. However you shouldn't have big problems ordering your beer.
For food: there's english menu. Try local fish or some of the local salads (spicy ones) or shells. Most of dishes are Lao and Thai, a few Western and a few Chinese ones and some are suitable for vegetarians. You won't pay more for the dishes than in downtown area.
Favorite Dish: Mostly people come here in larger groups to drink beer and snack on local foods - place is popular for Lao. Then they will listen to bands and karaoke. The atmosphere gets livelier on fridays and weekends but it vary from season to season. Mosquitos are annoying there. Beer is normally served with ice cubes but it's cold enough if you drink from bottle.
Sometimes they run out of draught which is cheaper than bottled beer.
In general great place for hanging out where locals do.
Don't forget to put mosquito reppelent on your skin before sit down or you'll be targeted badly.
Sorry, no pics from here we were always here only in night time.
I have dined a couple of times at the kualao restaurant and it´s a really good place to get traditional lao food in Vientiane.
The place has very nice interior and sometimes traditional lao music and dance.
The level of the service is higher than in most restaurants in Laos, but you also pay a bit more for the food there.
Favorite Dish: I have had the set menu both times i have been there and it has been a nice mix of lao dishes.
It is difficult for me to categorize this tip. Should it be under restaurants or elsewhere? Finally I decided to place this tip under restaurants. The main attraction of Nam Ngeum river cruise is the Bamboo Boat Restaurant where one can enjoy lunch while cruising the river. The Nam Ngeum River provides visitors a closer look at nature. There are bamboo boats of various sizes depending on the number of people in your group. Lunch must be ordered before boarding the cruise.
Favorite Dish: Grilled fresh water fish and prawn that goes along well with the unique Laotian sticky rice.
One of the restaurants that I frequented most for my two weeks stay in Vientiane. Food served are authentic Turkish like Kebab and Turkish pizza. Love the decor especially the different theme of wall decorations. The glass front give a fantastic view of the street outside. The interior is very clean and the service is quite fast even during lunch hour.
Favorite Dish: Turkish Pizza has been my favourite.
Outdoor patio if weather is nice, otherwise fans and A/C inside. They take Visa/MC and can pay by Euro/dollar/baht/kip.
The location is close to the center and just across the street from the museum (if you happen to try and visit the museum during their lunch hour...).
The menu has lots of things from burgers to Lao foods. But mainly it is a cafe with normal sandwiches and finger foods.
Favorite Dish: The Lao burger was great with good seasonings, great big battered onion rings and garlic mayo. Cost was 30,000 kip.
My Family had a wonderful time in Vientianne and were glad we found this muslim restaurant along Mekong River. The owner, a Malaysian Indian Muslim migrated to Vientianne in 1973, got married to a local and started this restaurant.
It is a medium sized restaurant but whats special is the owner, he is so warm and made us feel at home. There are all the indian food you crave for (especially when u think u cannot find these food) like roti canai, tosei, naans, all kinds of delicious curry and gravy.. yummy ! The lime juice was extra ordinary especially on a hot day...
Favorite Dish: Our favourite dish since day 1 to day 4 was the naan - cheese naan, butter naan..it was crispy and good and goes well with the gravy like chicken masala etc.
This is friendly Lao restaurant in Dongpalane area, at Dongpaina street. It has become one of my favourite places to eat local food and it seems that also many Lao like to dine out there and some foreigners. Comparing to other restaurant it is a bit cheaper place but their food is delicious and fresh. On the menu there are lots of items from noodle soups (kopiak or pho) to fish, laaps, other kinds of meats and intestines, barbecued meats, fired vegetables and some seafood. That said it won't be just the place to order snack food like fried rice but also essential Lao dishes... and on the other hand, you won't find Western dishes there. They have limited variety for vegetarians, mostly fried vegetables or fried morning glory kind of thing (and of course fried rice with vegetables).
No English is spoken - however, their menu is both in Lao and English so just point to the dish in menu.
Favorite Dish: Fried fish with garlic comes for 30 000 KIP. Some filled guts were about the same price. That dish popular with many Lao.