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“Nice setting, reasonable food”

Minority Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 18 Restaurants in Luang Namtha
Price range: $2 - $5
Cuisines: Asian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner
Description: We are owned and operated by a family that has lived in Luang Namtha for generations. It is our desire to bring to our customers simple, quality local food in a comfortable setting. We hope you enjoy the exciting flavour Northern Lao cuisine has to offer.
Vladivostok, Russia
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Nice setting, reasonable food”
Reviewed May 21, 2012

There's just no getting away from lazy, indifferent service in Luang Namtha but at least the people at Minority give the appearance of trying, putting them way ahead of almost every other place here.

Set a little way off the main street, but with an unmissable sign in front of the lane, Minority is in a nice, quiet little wooden building. The menu includes plenty of Lao tribal (hence "Minority") food as well as burgers and pasta dishes. Pretty much everything is available in a vegetarian version if that's your thing. Their menu also claims that they use no MSG at all. No reason to doubt them, really. I don't think MSG figures in a lot of tribal Lao villages.

I had the sour bamboo soup with chicken and it was almost too much to finish. I definitely shouldn't have ordered steamed rice as well because I had to leave most of that untouched and I hate doing that with food, especially when some attention's been put into its making. The soup was a little something different for me and there was quite a lot of bamboo in it, but it was tasty nevertheless. Soup, rice, and a beer: 35,000 Kip.

No loud music, no people using WiFi (there isn't any) taking up the tables, and almost passable service make this a rarity in Luang Namtha.

  • Visited May 2012
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Authentic tribe food and inexpensive”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

The menu includes both Western and Lao dishes plus a few dishes from local tribes. The food was obviously prepared with great care. The location is hidden a bit away from the street and has nice ambiance. Main courses were 30,000LAK.

  • Visited March 2012
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