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“Good not great”

L'Elephant Restaurant
Ranked #30 of 227 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $45
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located in a building from the 60s, near the banks from the Mekong, the Restaurant “L'Elephant” offers an essentially "falang" (French) Menu with a small selection of Lao Dishes since 2000. From the home-made charcuterie to the duck breast roasted with “Mak Toum” or the Burgundy snails, L'Eléphant offers you original French family style cuisine. L'Eléphant restaurant cooks typical Lao dishes for you; dried meats and river weed as an aperitif, soups, grills or fish wrapped in banana leaves… Home-made breads and pastries, wines, spirits, ciders and a selection of beers complete the offer of this old-fashioned restaurant, chic, classy yet simple with its wooden floors and local wooden furniture. Relaxed atmosphere; casual attire! Open daily for lunch and dinner! Home made pastries and drinks all the day long ! You can choose from the à la Carte, our set menus or opt for the daily menu (110 000 kips for 3 dishes)! We are looking forward to welcome you!
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is not a cheap restaurant. It specializes in French cuisine which it does tolerably well, but for the western prices charged, we were expecting something special. Service and ambience were Ok but the overall experience was disappointing.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Large restaurant in a nicely restored building a block from the Mekong. It's in all the guides and it's not hard to see why, someone back there is cooking with pride and competence and it seems as though everything on the surprisingly large menu comes out well. Well trained staff, happy diners and really nice chocolate ice cream too. Busy, reserve ahead.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Hard to get a table, very popular so best to book. As another contributor put it, mainly French and some off the wall things. Try the river seaweed, very nice. Good value for wine and a good selection. Yes the free water that arrives without asking is nice.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Again...another very good meal at L'elephant in Luang Prabang. The place was packed on a Thursday evening because this is peak season in Luang Prabang (October - March). People without reservations were told to return at 2100 hours if they wanted a table.

The food was very very good. It was served hot. It was served with a flare. The perfection of the service of our waiter (Houmphai) was a mimic of Downton Abbey without the fine uniform. Our table of 4 all enjoyed the food; the atmosphere; the service; the Indochinese crust.

The vegetables are supremely fresh and as close to organic as one can get in Luang Prabang.

This restaurant and its network in Luang Prabang (Cafe Ban Vat Sene, Coconut Garden, and Le Patio) are all worth going out of the way for.

Enjoy this special treat in Indochina.

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We had the set meal as we were on a tour and were delighted with the food. Drinking water was also provied gratis.... a nice touch.

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