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“Great cause”
Review of Makphet Restaurant - CLOSED

Makphet Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10.30Pm (Kitchen closes at 9.30Pm) This award-winning restaurant (Miele Guide) is the culinary destination of choice in the Laotian capital, Vientiane. Makphet offers creative Lao cuisine, as well as great shakes and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings. The restaurant also has a small gift shop attached to it, selling products made by families which will help keep their children in education.
Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

I can't fault the cause that this restaurant is trying to achieve. The kids deserve a chance and from what I could see they are taking it. But No. 1 in Vientiane? I'm not so sure really. It's easy to let the cause get in the way of objectivity. The food was good, but not great. Was a little pricey for Laos standards, but still good value by western prices. I cant fault the desert i had. It was delicious. 7.5/10 for me.

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Thank andyr8603
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Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Confess, the New york Times 36 hours in Vientiane column describing this international Friends NGO service project gone upscale foodie put this on our must do list. And without a doubt, the best meal we ate in Vientiane. Unable to get reservations, we took our chances and stopped by. And, gracious host was able to seat us after a brief wait (shortened by perusal of the gift shop and their cookbook). The fresh spring rolls, ancient Fish (no bones, just succulent white meat with spices, cashews, peanuts and fried basil!!! To die for), sticky rice and green papaya salad were refreshingly original in flavor. The earnest, polite, friendly staff were icing on the cake. Wish all our meals in South East Asia had been as satisfying on all levels!

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1  Thank beardiegal
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is an amazing restaurant, down a small side street, where we had excellent service and wonderful Lao food. Not all of the staff understand english but are very willing to help their customers. This is a very busy restaurant so make a reservation to ensure you can enjoy the wonderful dishes.

There is also a small shop inside selling very interesting craft items and a couple of cook books. I purchased one of their books "from Honeybees to Pepperwood" which gives the story behind this restaurant and their programme for marginilised children and youth in Lao PDR established by Friends-International.

The recepies are wonderful and some are the dishes that they often serve. Also included in the very colourful book are photos of Laos and its lovely people.

It was our last night in Lao PDR and a lovely way to say goodbye to this beautiful country.

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1  Thank JohnnyUK7
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We made several attempts to make dinner reservations at this restaurant, but it was always fully booked. Finally, one lunch time, we walked in without any reservations (but early), and was able to get a table outside. Pretty soon after we sat down, the whole restaurant filled up to the max!

As we were served our food, we fully understood why the place is so in demand. All the dishes and drinks we ordered were pleasing to the eyes and nose and simply bursting with well combined flavors and textures.

As a bonus, the restaurant generously shares their wonderful recipes in a cookbook that is for sale right in there.

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1  Thank MeowPaws
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We were lucky to get a table outside without reservation and had a great dinner at Makphet. Our daiquiris were very tasty but a bit on the weak side. The service is friendly but sometimes a bit lost, you can tell they are still learning. The food was excellent and we loved the fact that you can order half size portions (for half price). This way we could taste several different dishes, all of which were well executed and very savoury. Plenty of free ice-water kept us well hydrated throughout the evening. The desserts were equally outstanding and we left the place with a smile on our faces and our belts loosened. Would definitely go back!

1  Thank vin3berg
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