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“Wonderful food”
Review of Tamarind

Tamarind
Ranked #14 of 208 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $15
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We ate here per recommendation of other travelers we met. Nice location by the river. The food was wonderful - from the appetizers to dessert. The waiter spoke good English and was knowledgeable and helpful in assisting us chose the various dishes, Great service. They are very busy so you'll need to make reservations. If you are taking their cooking class, you may want to have a meal here first so you'll have an idea of the type of food you will be cooking.

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

This restaurant was great value. We ordered the sampling platter which was fantastic. Also had the steamed fish which was the stand-out dish - you must order this. Service is attentive and friendly. Loved our experience here. Recommend that you reserve in high season as it gets very busy.

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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Tamarind has expanded, and the new location lacks some of the coziness of the first. And, as they have grown, some of the personal attention has also waned, but the food is still good, and you can enjoy a good variety of local eats safely.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

We'd been a little disappointed in Lao food and decided to give Tamarind a try based on the reviews here. It did not disappoint! Everything was very fresh and flavorful, and we left with a better understanding of the flavors of Laos. The menu did a great job explaining Lao ingredients and food culture. It was a little on the pricier side, but definitely our most memorable and enjoyable meal during our week in Luang Prabang.

For more information on our experience at Tamarind and other attractions in Luang Prabang, visit our travel blog at www.Travel-Cowboys.com

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

If this is a good example of Lao food, it's pretty ho-hum. We had one of their tasting menus. Nothing was particularly exciting or tasty. In fact it was quite bland. It was all nicely presented, the service was pleasant, and the prices were reasonable, but I wouldn't cross the road for this food let alone fly half way around the world. It's not Thai, and it's not even as interesting as Vietnamese which is also a fairly bland cuisine.

You'll have a tastier meal at a soup noodle restaurant or a pizza place.

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TamarindCaroline, Owner at Tamarind, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

We guess it shows how tastes vary! There we have a few reviews down, some visitors telling us how wonderful and tasty their intro to Lao cuisine at Tamarind was, others how much they enjoyed the adventure of our tasting plates. Occasionally folk find our dishes too strong for their palate, a few complain of missing out on strong flavours! Each to their own. We are amused to learn you found Vietnamese cuisine bland; it so depends on what you choose to eat. Both Lao and Vietnamese cuisine use flavourful herbs in their dishes to provide balance and freshness. In Laos, chillies are offered on the side so diners can choose any heat that's required. If your preference is for heavily spiced and hot foods, the nuances and fresh flavours of Lao cuisine might not suit your palate. We're here to introduce curious visitors to Lao cuisine with explanations and demonstrations to assist in the learning experience. Trying a range of dishes usually offers the best way to do this, so we have set menus, Adventurous Gourmet options and communal fish barbecues. Perhaps one of those would have given you more pleasure.

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