Just a few thoughts on some of the restaurants around the place. While these are by far not the only places around town, they are some of our favourite places to eat and drink:
Chez Philipe. The best value restaurant in Vte at the moment. Excellent quality food and not as expensive as you might think. Also has a very good wine list.
La Terrace. Good local restaurant with a large variety of international and Laos food. They make decent pizzas as well. 20,000kip corkage if you want to bring your own wine. Deserts are excellent value.
Cote D'Azur. Big range of food, well cooked. Nice atmosphere.
Le Silapa. Good food, and a strong wine list. A bit expensive for what they offer though.
Rashmis is by far the best Indian in town. The prices are a bit higher than other Indian restaurants in town, but you get what you pay for. Very nice ambiance as well and no corkage charge for wine.
The new kid on the block wins it. - La Scala has very good Italian food and an excellent wine list with the emphasis on Italian wines. The ambience is very pleasant. Definitely a special night out.
Kua Lao and Tamnak Lao serve good quality Laos food. Kua Lao is just a bit better. Both have a floorshow of Lao music and dancing, which sounds kitschy, but is in fact not so at all. These are both excellent places to take visitors.
Street Food: try the food stalls near the That Luang market. The food there is better than at the oft mentioned Sihom area.
The restaurants along the Mekong are cheap and good for meeting the locals and for a cold beer.
BBQ - the best sindad without a doubt is Poysian Bulkokee, as evidenced that it is always full of Lao. This offers a good variety of food for your steamboat and is very pleasant in the warmer weather. It is a bit out of the centre of town, but is definitely worth the trip.
Kop Chai Deu. While there are better places to eat, the food is not bad at all, and it is certainly a good place to sit, have a beer and people watch.
Scandinavian Bakery. JoMa is full of backpackers. Scandinavian Bakery gets the expats. It is cheaper and the cakes are better.
Istanbul. Good and cheap Turkish food. No corkage charge.
The buffet at Laos Plaza Hotel.
The Japanese restaurant in the Laos Plaza hotel has the best Japanese food in town.