I have been going to Joys over the last two years since she moved from near the post office to near Nam Phu - just up the road..
Joy's food is always wonderful. My favourites being the crispy bamboo & pork, crispy Mekong garlic fish, spicy chicken in coconut milk and Lao style chicken & mushroom soup. I was there in December 2013 and again last night with local Lao friends, (2 May 2014).
But it is small. You do not have the 15+ staff members & trainees that you find at Blue Lagoon, (Swiss, German) or Elephant, (French) but to me it is like eating at home with your mother cooking. And with due respect to my mother the cooking is better.
I have been to many of the other Lao restaurants, some associated with cooking schools, and have had bad Lao food and very slow service. A view supported by my Lao friends that I have taken. Joy puts the larger restaurants to shame. And it is a very modest price compared to the larger restaurants.
Joy's has a couple of tables on a terrace overlooking the street, plus a main room and a smaller back room. Her husband, Paul, is a professional award winning photographer from Australia and his photographs are on the walls of the restraint and, I think, available for purchase of prints or postcards.
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