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Lao food is spicy and delicious. It is served in communal dishes with meat, fish, chicken and vegetables. Glutinous rice, mostly served with other dishes, is eaten with fingers. In major cities, European, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes are also served in many restaurant.


$ John Restaurant, Thanon Fa Ngum, near the Chinese shrine. A basic Lao food place on the riverfront serving fried rice and various laap (minced meat salad) dishes.

$$ Khyber Pass, 71 Thanon Samsenthai, tel: 511 112. Halal restaurant serving Indian, Arabic and Mongolian food.

$$ La Terrasse, 55/4 Thanon Nokeo Khumman, near Wat Mixai, tel: 218 550. A brasserie and snack bar. Serves both Lao and French food along with pizzas and some Mexican dishes.

$$ Le Bayou, Thanon Setthathirat, opposite Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan. Excellent value breakfasts, salads and fondues. Try the Rocquefort cheese salad.

$$$ Lo Stivale, 43/2 Thanon Setthathirat, near Fountain Circle, tel: 215 651. An excellent Italian restaurant, with everything from pizzas to gnocchi, also a good wine list.

$$$ Nam Phou, Fountain Circle, off Thanon Pangkham, tel: 216 248. Mainly French food, but also some German dishes. Perhaps the most exclusive restaurant in town, it's been around a long time.

$Restaurant Santisouk, Thanon Nokeo Khumman, tel: 215 303. Very much a 'French Grill' style of cooking and perhaps the best value French restaurant in town.

$$ The Saya, Saysana Hotel, Thanon Chao Anou, tel: 514 742. Lao and Thai specialities.

$ The Scandinavian Bakery, Fountain Circle, tel: 215 199. A great place to pick up fresh bread, croissants, sandwiches and pies. Also good for breakfasts.

$$ Tamnak Lao or Lao Residence, Ban Phonexay, Thanon That Luang, tel: 413 562, fax: 213 635. Serves Lao specialities with Western palates in mind, hence the dishes are not overly spicy.

$$ The Taj, 75/4 Thanon Pangkham, tel: 212 890. Very good north Indian food and lunchtime buffet, also serves excellent vegetarian meals.

Golden Fish Garden Restaurant:No. 13 Road,Bane Donenoun,Tel: 732002, 732016

Kua Lao Restaurant:111 Samsenthai Road,Tel & Fax: 215777

Lao Residence Restaurant:308 Thatluang Road,Tel: 413562

Mekong Restaurant:Km 4 Thadeua Road,Tel: 312480, 313016, 313017

Soukvimane Restaurant:081/13 Bane Sisaket,Tel: 214441
Luang Prabang

$$ Ban Lao, Ban Mano, tel: 212 438. Lao and Chinese food.

$$ Le Calao, Thanon Rim Khong, tel: 212 100. An extensive western menu with Lao specialities.

$$ Le Saladier, Thanon Sisavang Vong,

$ Luang Prabang Bakery, Thanon Sisavang Vong, tel: 212 617. Café style establishment serving salads, quiches, sandwiches and various different pastries.

$$ Malee Lao Food, Thanon Phu Wao. Excellent local Lao food with daily specialities.

$$ Pak Huoy Mixay, 47/5 Ban Vatnong, Thanon Savang Vatthana, tel: 212 260. Serves excellent fresh fish from the Mekong. Probably the best place in town for Lao specialities, they also have a barbecue out on the terrace.

$$ Villa Santi, Thanon Sakkarine, tel and fax: 212 267. This place has connections with the last king's personal chef, so the food ought to be good. They serve both traditional Lao and French cuisine.

$ Visoun Restaurant, Thanon Wisunalat, tel: 212 268. Some Lao favourites, but mostly Chinese food. Open early morning to late at night.

Bane Lao Restaurant:Chaovannasenethai Road,Bane Mano,Luang Prabang district,Tel: 071-212438

Duang Champa:Khaemkhan Road,Bane Vatsene,Luang Prabang district,Tel: 071-212420

Vixun Restaurant:154/4 Vixounarath Road,Bane Vixoun,Luang Prabang district,Tel: 071-212268

Luang Prabang Restaurant:Vixunnarath Road,Bane Vixun,Luang Prabang district,Tel: 071-212381
Tha Khaek

$ Phavilai Restaurant, Thanon Kuvoravong, near the ferry landing point. A good place for basic Lao cuisine and Chinese noodle dishes.

Along the riverside on Thanon Setthathirat there are large shade trees covering a few tables. This is a good place to sit and have a cold drink or order noodles from the small noodle shops across the road. Further north along Thanon Setthathirat is a floating restaurant, serving fresh fish dishes. Shoes are removed and one sits cross-legged at low tables in separate dining enclosures.


$$ Haan Ahaan Lao-Paris, Thanon Tha He, tel: 212 792. A wide variety of Lao, Vietnamese and French food. They even serve French wine.

$ Savanhlaty Food Garden, Thanon Si Muang, near the Sala Savanh Guesthouse. Only open in the evening this small night market serves a variety of Lao, Thai and Chinese dishes as well as the ubiquitous Beer Lao.

Daoheung Restaurant:Oudomsinh Street,Bane Sounantha,Tel: 041-212536

Daoleuang Restaurant:Phetsarath Road,Bane Xayamunkhune,Tel: 041-212477

Savanh Banehao: Senena Road,Bane Xayamunkhun,Tel: 041-212735, 212202

$$ Champasak Palace Hotel, 718 Thanon Ban Pra Bath, tel: 212 263. A variety of Lao, Chinese and Thai dishes at very reasonable prices considering it really is a palace.

$$ Ketmany Restaurant, north side of Route 13. Very good Chinese and European food, with a family atmosphere.

No.9 Restaurant: Bane Thaluang,Pakse district,Tel: 031-212068

Sengtavanh: Bane Thasalakhame,Pakse district,Tel: 031-212611

Saykhong Restaurant,Bane Pakse,Pakse district,Tel: 031-212516
Bolaven Plateau

$$ Heaun Mittaphap Lao-Thai, Tadlo Resort, next to Taat Lo Waterfalls. A restaurant at the base of the falls serving excellent French and Lao food. A lovely atmosphere.

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