Lao Kitchen is my favourite restaurant in Vientiane - and in a city that has a surprising diversity of very good quality restaurants that is no mean feat. I have eaten there at least 20 times - far more than any other restaurant in Vientiane - and it has never failed me. The food is delicious, wholesome, fresh and amazingly cheap. You can eat a three course meal here for as little as 100,000 kip ($12). Indeed in the year and a half since I first ate at Lao Kitchen it has become busier and more packed on every visit. Admittedly this is Lao food cooked for a mostly western taste - there are usually more "falang" eating there than locals. But it is still authentic Lao cuisine and it is said to be the only, or one of only a few, organic restaurants in Vientiane. Staff are friendly, quick and efficient - something that is still very lacking in many Lao restaurants - even at the higher end.
The menu at Lao Kitchen is diverse and very good quality, and includes everything from appetisers and soups to salads, stir-fries, "Larb" and curries.
The river weed - a specialty from the Mekong River in Luang Prabang - is a consistent favourite and shouldn't be missed - it's lightly fried in sesame seed. So too is the Luang Prabang sausage with delicious jeow sauce. Try the extra spicy version - it's excellent.
Everything on the menu here is good in fact - the tofu is excellent. The Larb - as a unique Lao dish - is a must-try. And the curries are delicious. If you still have enough appetite left at the end, try the mango and rice dessert - it's wonderful.
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