Street food is a feature of South East Asia and you should try eating ‘’on the move’’ while you are enjoy a Laos holiday. You won’t find western food chains here but why would you want a McDonald’s when you are on a Laos tour package? The range of food you will find varies from typical traditional Laos cuisine to the best of French cooking, a hangover to colonial times. Some of the food the locals eat ought to be very recognisable. You can expect spring rolls, either vegetarian or pork, baguettes with various fillings as well as steaks and sausages (Buffalo).
There are several nice restaurants worth a try on the LuangPrabang leg of your Laos tour:
• Atsalin on Manomai Road specialises in Asian cuisine and is well-patronised by tourists and locals
• Coconut Luang Prabangin front of Ampai Temple serves western food as well as Laos food. You can relax upstairs with a book or TV if you wish.
• The Terrace in Kingitsarath Road on the Nam Khan River offers great views of the river and serves Thai and Laos food with a good wine list to accompany your meal.
• Elephant Blanc close to the Nam Phou Fountain is in an old colonial building, formerly a Prince’s home so the surroundings are lovely. You can buy western food if you wish but they also do a 10-dish Lao menu while local performers play traditional Lao music and dance.
• Tangor on Rue Sisavangvong cook Asian food with a French twist. The menu is not extensive but the food is great and fresh. It serves imported beers and some excellent cocktails.
• Opera House Restaurant/Wine bar close to the Night Market offers an Italian touch with good lasagne and meatballs with lemongrass highly recommended. You can sit on the terrace and watch the activity in the busy street while enjoying a drink.
• Nang Ae Restaurant opposite to Dara Market is the closest thing you will find to a Laos fast food restaurant. They do some western dishes as well; omelette on rice and noodle soup are favourites.
• Delilah's in Chao Fa Ngum Road is good value for money and has regular specials to watch out for.
• Big Tree Café on the Mekong has western food and authentic Korean cuisine.
• Dyen Sabai in Ban Phan Louang serves tasting platters or BBQ food in a garden setting looking at the Nam Khan river.
• Blue Lagoon Restaurant close to the National Museum has Swiss food as well as local dishes which you can eat in a lovely garden.
• Boulevard Restaurant is anal fresco-style restaurant though you must like music while you eat if you go there.
• L'Eléphant is a mixture of Laotian and French cuisine. The ingredients include everything from French Camembert to Laotian lemon grass and river weed.
• The House is Belgian so the beer is excellent. Dishes include lasagne, beef stews, fries and curries. It is a good place for vegetarians. It is located on the Nam Khan riverside of Mount Phousie, close to the main street and night market.
• Lao Lao Garden has a Lao-style barbecue where you cook pre-prepared meat on a barbecue in the middle of the table.