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“Definitely worth the price!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bamboo Lounge

Bamboo Lounge
Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Luang Namtha
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $7
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Cafe, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We use authentic delicious western food to empower the local community. Food you're craving from home with a combination of fresh local ingredients and imported specials such as real cheese, bacon, olives from our nearest supermarket 7 hours and an international border crossing away. We have woodfired pizzas, Italian pastas and risottos, big breakfasts, awesome sandwiches, real espresso and top notch cocktails. All our staff are local ethnic minority people with no prior English language, food preparation or customer service skills. They come to work with us to learn English and how to work in the hospitality industry. Our profit is donated to the Luang Namtha Books In Schools program to increase the number of textbooks in the local schools from the current 1 per 3 students to everyone having their own set of textbooks. So far we've donated over 2,800 textbooks to local students. Come in to our training restaurant to help us support northern Laos!
Brussels, Belgium
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“Definitely worth the price!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

This small restaurant is a real gem in Luang Namtha!

The food was excellent, with a fine balance between local cuisine and western dishes. I advise you to try the risotto, which was just amazing! According to their menu, everything is prepared with fresh vegetables from the local market, while the service is made by people who come from underpriviledged villages and who are given a first chance to work in catering. The restaurant closes at 23:00, which may seem early, but is actually almost late for Luang Namtha.

The owner, who comes from new-Zealand, is very nice and welcoming. He offered my friend to bring their own food with them in the restaurant, so that we could eat all together(I absolutely wanted to eat there, but they already had bought something to eat)! The atmosphere is relaxed, with western music and a nice terrass with small lights and couches everywhere.

The only drawback is the price: it is indeed higher than the national average in Laos - which still remains cheaper than most restaurant in Europe, though. A meal with drinks turns around 10 euros. I think it is definitiely wort paying it to experience dinner in such a nice place, but I wouldn't advise you to eat there every evening if you are travelling on a very small budget.

  • Visited June 2013
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London
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent food and helpful hosts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013

Excellent menu that fuses traditional Laos food with Western ingredients, can heartily recommend the jungle pizza and laos laos cocktails. Some of the food is a bit on the pricey side but it is worth the splurge.
It is also a great relaxing place to chill-out and meet other travellers. The kiwi managers are very friendly and helpful for advice. We booked a kayak tour with them too and their prices and transparent and their guide book explains exactly what you will get for your money.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mini79
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Vientiane, Laos
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“Best cooked breakfast in Laos!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

This place was great with really tasty food, especially the cooked breakfast which is, in my opinion, the best in Laos (I live in Vientiane and have tried many)! The pizza is also really tasty. I actually thought the prices were pretty reasonable for the food you get and the trouble the owners have to go to to get the ingredients (the pizza had mozarella from New Zealand that was delicious and lots of other ingredients have to be imported from different places and then shipped to Luang Namtha). The owner Andre and his wife are lovely and very helpful, and really know what travelers want after a long hot day. They are also full of helpful advice on travelling in the area. Will definitely go back next time we are in Luang Namtha!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PetaInLaos
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Luang Namtha, Laos
1 review
“Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Very good comfort food! Nice atmosphere and good place to meet backpackers. The owners are very helpful

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shannon424933
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Denmark, Australia
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“Satisfy your cravings. Legally.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

If you are missing proper western food go here. Pizza great, all manner of fun things to taste again that you forgot you loved. Might burn a hole in your wallet though as prices higher than other places.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mark R
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