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“so romantic but at a price”
Review of Phou Savanh

Phou Savanh
Ranked #89 of 227 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Price range: $15 - $70
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Contemporary
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Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

The hotel, bars and grounds are absolutely fabulous. At night, you are greeted with twinkling lanterns and candles outside, and a beautiful setting inside. The tables were not set on the terrace the night we went, so we ate inside with the windows open. The food was innovative and very good, I would not say excellent, The service was efficient and friendly, but then for the price we paid, it should be. Again by western standards, I suppose 50 dollars per person is not too over the top, but for Laos, it is top price. Definitely worth it though, if only to feel somehow part of the 'jet set'!!!!.

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Thank IsobellaParis
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The restaurant has totally different ambiance during the day and in the evening. During the day it is casual and relaxing. As soon as the sun sets and the lanterns are lit, it transforms into a romantic, intimate hidden gem. They have an extensive selection of Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Food is straight forward but everything is delicious. They also have a special private dinner called "500 candle dinner". One was taking place during my stay and it looked amazing with all these 500 candles flickering around the private dining area for the couple. Definitely a place to go with the loved ones.

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Thank Connie H
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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.

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1  Thank David_Albert_Park
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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.

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Thank luvninou
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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.

Thank Milan P
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