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“A good special occasion restaurant but very expensive”
Review of Phou Savanh

Phou Savanh
Ranked #113 of 205 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Price range: $15 - $70
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Phou Savanh is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Luang Prabang. Our culinary team awakens your palate to a fusion of new flavours. Inventive French cuisine is delicately enhanced with traditional Laotian touches. Choose to sit indoors, in sophisticated comfort, or venture outside and enjoy the captivating view of Mount Phousi. In the evening, experience the romantic glow of candles and lanterns hung among the shrubs and trees of the hotel's lush gardens.
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“A good special occasion restaurant but very expensive”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

First the setting on the hill overlooking part of the township of Luang Prabang is great. The hotel and restaurant are very well designed and well furnished. We had a dinner for five on 30 December and were seated on the outdoor terrace overlooking the pool.

However you should be aware that the hotel & restaurant are located in suburban Luang Prabang. On our night some neighbours were having a party and using loud speakers and singing karaoke songs very badly. So we had a constant noise distraction.

The second location disadvantage is that it is located under the nearby international take off runway. So whenever an aircraft took off we had a loud noise as they flew over. Luckily there were only a couple of take offs during our meal.

The last problem were the mosquitos that we had. Sure there were insect candles burning by the pool by the mosquitos were still present. The alternative was to sit inside however all the doors were open so this would not have been of much use.

My last criticism was that the line of tables located next to the pool were the furthest from the terrace lighting and the diners had to use hand torches to read their menus. Reading lights, like they have at Blue Lagoon, would have been appreciated.

That said the food was very good as was the service from mainly Hmong staff.

The bill includes 10% service & 10% tax but still leaves a line for a further tip. The bill is quoted only in US $ which might suit its guests but does not comply with Lao law that requires all bills to be in the local currency - i.e. kip. Most other restaurants quote the bill in three currencies- kip, US $ & Thai baht.

In summary a special occasion restaurant, probably better for lunch than dinner, to avoid nearby parties & the mosquito's.

  • Visited December 2012
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Rabat, Morocco
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

We went there for dinner to celebrate my friend's birthday. The setting by the main pool was very nice & actually romantic but that was fine. Noone of us like the food, beside the melting chocolate desert, because it was basically cooked with too much heavy cream, so the food lost its natural taste. It is true that it's a very expensive place, but that wasn't a problem but now I'd say it's definitely not worth it. The service was overpolished, the waiter would ask you how was your dish but can't handle it when you say "not good", even if ost of the table say the same. The manager, a French sympathetic young man, was very nice, but still it can't make it up for the food. One advice, go spend your money somewhere else.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank luvninou
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Vientiane, Laos
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“place for the rich and famous”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

this is probably the Beverly hills or the Riviera of Laos.
pretty a night for a business trip. it's located ont he quite side of Luangprabang. the candle light dinner was a unique sign of elegance.
recommended for honey moon couples or love birds.

Visited September 2011
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Thank Milan P
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Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“fantastic food, sparkling atmosphere”
Reviewed December 5, 2011

Our dinner at Phou Savanh restaurant was simply wonderful. A quick phone call from the hotel and the driver from Residence Phou Vao comes and picks us up. It is located on a hill with a beautiful view on Phou Si hill and the surrounding mountains. Hundreds of lanterns illuminate the florishing gardens and give a sparkling atmosphere to the place. Service was excellent and attentive and food was fabulous, tasty and delicate. A wonderful experience

  • Visited September 2011
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3 Thank Mali84
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Sydney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fancy schmancy”
Reviewed October 5, 2011

This is a beautiful restaurant, located at the Le Residence Hotel. We went for a special occasion, and the food was delicious. Going along with the fancy ambience, the service was perhaps too much -- it felt stiff and we had a hard time relaxing. But everything else was lovely.

  • Visited September 2011
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