I reviewed La Scala in September, and I have eaten there many times before and since. Ok, what "don't i get?" La Scala is an excellent restaurant. It is head and shoulders better than another Italian restaurant in town which seems to get many more accolades. I think there are two reasons for this, one due to the location of the other place.
La Scala is not the easiest place to find, but is on the road to the Australian Embassy, a short tuk tuk ride from town. Believe me the trip is worth it. The ambience is head and shoulders better than any other Italian restaurant, and possibly any other restaurant full stop in town. It is possible to et a meal in relative peace and quiet and not have to shout at one's partner to be heard. The service is very good without being obsequious. There is none of this nonsense of having to wait 70 minutes for my main course to arrive as i had to last night at a prominent La Scala competitor.
So what is the food like? I have reviewed restaurants and wine professionally in the past . La Scala would be a very high rating Italian restaurant in Australia, in Germany and in the States. The food is high quality, there is a good variety and the cooking is excellent. Dishes are plated attractively and the food is not just heaped onto the plate. Another thing i like that the cost of the dishes is inclusive. by that I mean there is none of this nonsense that a dish costs so much, but if you want shaved truffles then it is so and so much per gram dearer. What a load of nonsense! My Lao wife is exceptionally hard to please. When we had a poor experience last night at La Scala's main competitor she said, "I told you so." And she was completely correct.
La Scala's wine list is good and well balanced. There are a number of stars on the wine list, such as decent Barolos and Barbarescos if you want that.They are not exorbitant. There are lots of wines around the 200,000 Kip pricepoint, as opposed to the place i ate at last night, where most wines started at 400,000 Kip plus. It is not hard to find a very drinkable wine at La Scala.
I really wish this lace well, as in my opinion it is the best Italian in town by a long margin. La Opera, when it is in form will match La Scale, but you can forget the rest. So, why does it not rate higher? I wonder!
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