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“Fine dining with a cause” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of the balcony by Lanith

the balcony by Lanith
Ranked #59 of 199 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Price range: $7 - $25
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Dear Customers The Balcony restaurant is CLOSED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES at the moment - thank you all so much for your support. Our training centre is in full time training - for information on the Lanith Passport to Success training program please contact the email address shown A RESTAURANT WITH A CAUSE! The Balcony is a restaurant with a cause. As a social enterprise all of our profits are reinvested into community development by providing access to international standard food and beverage skills training for young Laotians aspiring for a career in the dynamic hospitality and tourism industry. Exposure to a real life culinary environment, coupled with rigorous classroom learning is the backdrop for changing lives. As Laos' leading provider of hospitality and tourism education and training, the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) has operated the Balcony since 2013 as a training restaurant. All staff have been certified by Lanith to deliver service on an international level. These highly motivated locals are eager to exceed your expectations by focusing on every detail and to ensure an unforgettable dining experience. We are just minutes from downtown Luang Prabang, but light years from the tourist hordes. Step into the Balcony's spacious restaurant just moments away from Laos' ancient capital and make yourself comfortable overlooking Nam Dong river and the mountain panorama. Come join us for a memorable dining experience or stay in one of our four guest rooms and help us to make a difference in the local community. Our menu mainstays include signature seasonal dishes based on local ingredients some grown in our herb garden. We also offer a vast line up of top-shelf cocktails and a growing wine list. We pride ourselves on delivering top quality service and train our staff, from waiters to cooks, through our award-winning Passport to Success industry training programme. Come and stay with us! We offer four guest rooms and we also have a meeting room facility. The Balcony is open during the tourism high season from September until April. From May to August we do open for bookings with a minimum of five people - just phone the day before. WE PROVIDE FREE TRANSPORT!
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“Fine dining with a cause”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at the Balcony. We opted for the al a carte menu which was lovely. All the courses were fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. The chef from Luxembourg makes a point of using locally sourced ingredients and coming from a Michelin starred restaurant, knows his stuff.
The front of house staff are under the expert guidance of the manager also from Luxembourg.
The service was attentive without being intrusive. They were there when we needed them, but not hovering.
The setting is also great with many tables, you guessed it, on the balcony. It wasn't cold but we did get two small fire pots placed near us to ward off the chill.
The restaurant has a good cause which is to train local Laotians in hospitality, something we are very happy to support.
Don't be put off by the location, 10 minutes from downtown LP, they will collect you and take you home in their tuk tuk. Just call them or have your hotel make a reservation. Highly recommended!
Make sure you bring enough cash as credit cards are not accepted. Three courses with a glass of wine is about $40 per person.

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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this review, December 27, 2013
Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased to know you enjoyed your dinner with us.

Should you ever return to Luang Prabang, please let us know and we will look forward to once again providing you with an unforgettable experience.

Regards,
Veronica
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Vientiane Province, Laos
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“Exquise cooking, great service & super friendly staff. Pick up service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Planned to have lunch there but could not: they do dinner only. Came back in the evening and it was worth it: great dinner in a superb atmosphere. Every course was a pleasant surprise of very colourfull tasts, and also beautifully presented. Staff is very friendly. Big compliment to all.
The pick up service is very helpfull and comfortable too!

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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Dear Madam Bongertman,

It´s a pleasure to hear that you have enjoyed the balcony dining experience. Thank you for your lovely review and for sharing your impressions on TripAdvisor!

We would be delighted to welcome you back in the near future.

Regards,
Veronica
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