L'Elephant simply shouldn't be missed. It is such a delight for all the senses from visual display and ambience, to taste of course. The food uses a variety of local ingredients powered by french technique and the price can't be beat.
Favorite Dish: Check the attached menu. The fried dried beef with river seaweed was particularly toothsome
The restaurant is run by Friends International (www.friends-international.org). It helps the integration of adolescents by teaching them to cook and wait tables. The food consists typically of Lao dishes very tasty.
About 100 meters after the bridge coming from Nong Kiau Village you'll find an extremely nice restaurant on the left hand side of the road. Mekara sure doesn't look like much but serves delicious Lao dishes of all kinds suitable for everyone.
The owner, Dyane, speaks great English and is a very friendly and glad person, which adds to the experience. He runs the restaurant with his wife and mother - none of which speaks a word of English but both carrying big enough smiles to make you forget the language barrier.
During my one month in Nong Kiau I had dinner at Mekaras five or six times and breakfast twice. Always tasty and wellprepared and tasty meals.
Favorite Dish: I couldn't point our one specific dish that I prefer.
A baguette with 'what you wish' inside seems to be very popular with foreigners in Laos. The sandwiches are usually made in food markets and at some places they also serve coffee so you can have a full breakfast or lunch without wasting much time or money.
The most common ingredients for your sandwich can include: roast chicken, eggs, tofu, tomato, cucumber, lettuce and mayo. You may consider the hygienic (or rather non-hygienic) aspects of the dish, like dirty hands, unwashed vegetables, dust of the place - but who, coming to Asia, would worry about such things?
You won't find many restaurant tips on my pages. It's not that I don't like eating out, on the contrary - I love it. But I must confess I'm very conservative or even suspicious about the things I eat. No seafood for me, please! I know that tasting local food is part of discovering a new country, but I can't conquer my inhibitions. My sister-in-law looked at me with horror when I ordered spaghetti carbonara in Laos. So not to get on her nerves I usually had fried rice with vegetables, of course washed down with lao beer and I was perfectly happy.
What I looked for when we were picking out where to eat was the ambience rather than food. Luang Prabang has lots of atmospheric places. Our favourite ones were riverside restaurants with a view on the Mekong. Sitting at a table shaded by trees, away from the street noise, drinking excellent cold beerlao and eating my vegetarian rice I was thinking : 'what a wonderful world'.
We were out with some friends we met on the slow boat over from Thailand. After spending a couple days on a boat together it was good to sit down for a well put together meal. The place was full and drinks were flowing. Food looked decent all around but did proove to be one of our most expensive meals in all of Laos.
Favorite Dish: Well I had the burger....seemed like one of the only times we were able to get good beef......well, something hearty anyway. The bun was fresh which is a large component of any good burg.
KPP is a local restaurant in Vientiane where the food is fantastic...whether you want western soup, pizza, pasta or traditional Lao dishes. The food is always served up with a smile from one of the charming waiters. It only cost about $2 for a meal.
Favorite Dish: Probably pizza...very tasty...pastas also good.
A balanced mix of eastern and western deli-cacies are awaiting you at our café. You will find Laotian highlights and Swiss classics as well as tender local beef and a large variety of delicious snacks and fresh salad creations
Favorite Dish: Fish Choumkong ( Roll Fish with lemon grass cream sauce.
Every time the bus stopped in Laos, vendors would appear shoving their ware through the bus windows. We actually saw cooked rats on a stick, and other people buying and eating them. Sorry to say, we never worked up the nerve to try them.
If you aren't staying on the Mae Khong river , do yourself a favour and make your way their for dinner.
There are so many little resturants all the way along. Down one end there is a cute bar / restaurant popular for watching the sunset.
Favorite Dish: We loved the fried shrimp and beer. How can you not . A huge serving was with couple of beer cost about $4.00. Unbelievable!!
We ate right across the street from the Beau Rivage Mea Khong Hotel and had great seats for the sunset!!
We had been advised to eat at L'Elephant by friends who had been there the previous year.I had onion soup and Coq au Vin.daryl had 1/2 dozen snails and the local fish.With 2 glasses of the house wine our bill came to $46 USD.Very expensive by Lao standards and all over the food was uneventful and ordinary
This restaurant in Muang Khua is hidden from the main road. As i arrived late at night in Muang Khua, i had some difficulty locating it, but after some kind help from the locals, finally managed to locate this nice family-owned place.
Favorite Dish: The fried yellow noodle is one of the best i've had in Laos, really tasty, or maybe i was hungry, haha.
Very open and garden-like setting, the cafe is a tranquil place to sit and have a coffee, breakfast or lunch. The pastries, bread and coffee are very French and everything is French.
Favorite Dish: Try the Pan de Chocolat
Order fried or steamed fish with sticky rice, or any of the amazing dishes served here. You would generally order 3 plates for 2 persons, but the food here is so tasty and cheap that I ordered and ate 3 plates for myself. Have large Lao beers with your meal.
The kitchen here is a mixture of Lao and Issan (Thai). Not to be missed!
Favorite Dish: Chicken larb, a spicy mixture of marinated chicken with steamed vegetables, rice and Nam Prik, a hot sauce.
Lao cuisine is, with the exception of Vientiane and Luang Prabang, nothing to write home about. High quality Lao food, which can only be had in those two places, resembles Northern Thai food and is therefore excellent. In the country, however, there is not a lot of choice. Usually you just get simple rice- and noodle dishes which are dirt cheap and fill your stomach but that's about it.
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Ban Sawang, Vang Vieng, 2145532, Laos
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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