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“Good Food for a Good Cause” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Makphet Restaurant

Makphet Restaurant
Sethathirat Rd | Chanthabouly District, Vientiane 01000, Laos
+856 21 260 587
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Ranked #11 of 237 Restaurants in Vientiane
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10.30Pm (Kitchen closes at 9.30Pm) This award-winning restaurant (Miele Guide) is the culinary destination of choice in the Laotian capital, Vientiane. Makphet offers creative Lao cuisine, as well as great shakes and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings. The restaurant also has a small gift shop attached to it, selling products made by families which will help keep their children in education.
Sydney
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Good Food for a Good Cause”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The restaurant trains disadvantaged children and does so while serving really good Lao food. The fish with green mango salad was excellent. Service is friendly and attentive although not all staff speak English. The menu has enough variety for all tastes and uses fresh local ingredients. A must visit in Vientiane.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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“Lovely food and great back story”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

The food here is really good Laos food.
It is more expensive than other places in the area but still good value, high quality food. Also worth the money because of what the organisation represent.
Staff are really sweet.

Visited August 2013
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Vientiane, Laos
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“Authentic Laos food and great concept”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was one of the best food experiences that I had in Laos. The menu is sourced from all over the county and put together in inventive and contemporary ways. I would advise going in a group if possible so that dishes can be shared. Laos food is new to me, so this was a great way to experiences many traditional dishes whilst finding out what I do and don't like in Laos cuisine.

This is also a training restaurant and provides skills to former street children which is a good cause. There is also of information about the NGO available whilst you dine.

We went during happy hour (an hour and a half) which is good value with 50% off drinks (including wine which is important for me!). The best drink on the menu by far was the hibiscus and lime freeze with vodka. Completely different form anything I have tried before.

The location is small, so I would advise to either book or go early. We missed out our first night in Vientiane as it always seems to be full. Kitchen also closed at 9 pm, so it needs to be an early feed, but they will stay open for drinks until 9:30 - 10pm.

Will definitely return to this spot.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madrid, Spain
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent staff and food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Makphet Restaurant touches the heart through the stomach.
Nothing but a sense of gratitude for the great, highly professional and skilled, smiling, friendly and sweet staff.
Including the cooks, because the food is wonderful. A great respect of the primary ingredients, creative but not crazy interpretation of traditional Lao Cuisine, perfect cooking time and bouquet of flavors.
Last but not least, the interior design, very warm, discreet but beautiful.
Definitely a model for the future development of the hospitality in Vientiane.
Thank you!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newcastle, Australia
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“Genuine Lao food with a wonderful cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This restaurant is run by a organisation which assist disadvantaged children and "at risk" children throughout Lao so as you consume the wonderful Lao cuisine, who know that each dollar you spend is assisting. True Lao cuisine. No western food available.

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