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“Quality food in an elegant colonial setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene

Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene
Sakarine Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
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Ranked #21 of 144 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Melbourne, Australia
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“Quality food in an elegant colonial setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012 via mobile

Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene was a chance discovery when a rainy evening in Luang Prabang forced a rethink of dining plans.  And a very nice discovery too, as the meal enjoyed in what is a beautifully maintained colonial villa made for a surprisingly pleasant change from the until then habitual Laotian dinners in one of the town's many open-air riverside eateries.

Despite offering a few local dishes, the menu ultimately has a distinctly Gallic feel, with a delicious selection of quiches, tartines and the like. The prices may not be the cheapest around (although it is also hardly the most expensive spot competing for the tourist dollar in town), and paying a little extra was more than justified by the quality of the food and the discreetly efficient nature of the service, both of which felt very much in keeping with the elegant setting.

The experience at dinner was impressive enough to make breakfasting at the cafe an appealing option too, and for a second time it did not disappoint.  Again the morning menu has a similarly French feel, favouring baguettes and croissants of a quality that might not be reasonably expected so far from the streets of Paris.  The coffee also proved to be pretty decent, whilst the excellent opportunity to people watch from an outside table was the icing on the cake.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great for breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

Perfect for people watching and for your morning cup of joe.

Visited January 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Nice little French-inspired cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

Stick to the western specialties like the quiche, the lasagna and the pizza and you will really have a simple but delicious dinner. Service is impeccable and the atmosphere is very relaxing.

Visited January 2012
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Barcelona
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217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
“Gorgeous ambience, pleasant enough food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We passed by here one evening and liked the look of it so decided to eat there the next day. The ambience is lovely - tasteful decor and thoughtful lighting. We purchased one of the cookery books they had for sale as a gift - there is an interesting selection of bits and pieces to browse. The food was fine - perfectly pleasant but not earth-shaking and the price is OK - not cheap but I guess you pay for the service and ambience, plus the ingredients seemed to be good quality. I would give it a 3.5 if I could but can't quite bring myself to give it a *very* good.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“excellent food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2012

very nice place for lunch or just a snack in the afternonn, very good food and service

Visited December 2011
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