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“Expensive bad food and poor service for a good cause?”
Review of Daauw Home

Daauw Home
Ranked #4 of 15 Restaurants in Huay Xai
Cuisines: Asian
Description: We welcome you to enjoy our family atmosphere and relax around the campfire. Our Huay Xai restaurant is a place where you can take your time and experience authentic mountain people's traditions. Huay Xai Restaurant Opening hours: Traditional wood fire cooked mountain style meals, Laotian dishes and mountain style pizza's from our local handmade pizza oven every day from 5 PM till 11 PM. During the day the restaurant is open on request, except during Kajsiab workshops. Ask the Kitchen Team for details. All profits from the restaurant and homestay in Daauw Village go directly towards the Kajsiab Shelter (right next to the kitchen) where currently more than 30 people from the mountains live to learn before going back to their village. The mountain people are very proud of their skills and the food you will be enjoying is of unique standards, organic and fresh. This means you can take your time to enjoy the warm atmosphere at Daauw Home! Relax around the campfire, listen to stories and music and remember: Quality takes time. .
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Description: We welcome you to enjoy our family atmosphere and relax around the campfire. Our Huay Xai restaurant is a place where you can take your time and experience authentic mountain people's traditions. Huay Xai Restaurant Opening hours: Traditional wood fire cooked mountain style meals, Laotian dishes and mountain style pizza's from our local handmade pizza oven every day from 5 PM till 11 PM. During the day the restaurant is open on request, except during Kajsiab workshops. Ask the Kitchen Team for details. All profits from the restaurant and homestay in Daauw Village go directly towards the Kajsiab Shelter (right next to the kitchen) where currently more than 30 people from the mountains live to learn before going back to their village. The mountain people are very proud of their skills and the food you will be enjoying is of unique standards, organic and fresh. This means you can take your time to enjoy the warm atmosphere at Daauw Home! Relax around the campfire, listen to stories and music and remember: Quality takes time. .
Reviewed March 2, 2014

We came to this "restaurant" based on a quick perusal of reviews of places in Huay Xai. Sounded great: organic, no MSG, good cause, etc. We arrived early around 6:00pm and were greeted by Lara, the woman who spearheaded the project. We ordered the menu for two: chicken, rice, and Lao salad, plus a beer and a coconut shake. In all honesty, from the beginning, it was mayhem in this place - kids running around, some crying, some unattended, and blank looks from the locals hanging out there. Not the relaxed, laid back atmosphere, and interactive experience we had read about in the reviews and hoped for. We waited for about 20 minutes for the coconut shake (not good by the way). After another 15 minutes later, we motioned a woman to inquire about the beer (they had simply forgotten), which she then brought right away. We thought, oh well, it's Laos, and again, and they are still learning, so we shrugged it off. But then came the real disaster: about a half hour later the barbecued chicken and rice arrived. No salad. The chicken was kind of dry and salty and the rice very bland. We inquired about the salads, which they had forgotten, and they brought it right away. But the salads looked a week old or something with the lettuce quite wilted. By then, we were really uncomfortable as the locals (women mainly) hanging out there were really staring at us. We wanted to talk to Lara as she spoke English and ask her about the salad to find out whether or not it was normal that it was wilted. We asked the staff 3 times if we could talk to Lara and they ignored us and finally gave us a quick "she's busy" reply as they obviously didn't want to deal with anything and were busy playing on their phones. My husband finally got up and walked down the path a short distance and found Lara in a hammock not busy at all and willing to come to our table to talk to us. She explained the wilted salad is normal for Lao style salad. Since then, we've had other Lao style salads not wilted at all, so not sure what recipe they're following there. When the bill finally came, it was off by 5O,000 Kips.
Overall, very disappointing from the staffs' behavior and attitude to the food quality, not to mention the prices. We paid 128,000 Kips for a bad dinner and an uncomfortable atmosphere, now that's a donation! If you want to support the cause, just donate some money and go get yourself a good meal downtown. One final note: on a second look, some of the TripAdvisor reviews look very fishy and market-ish, and we noticed at least one that's from a western volunteer who works there.

Thank scpeters
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

Daauw Home restaurant is a beautiful place with a terrace overlooking the Mekong River that serves traditional mountain style meals and pizza prepared on the wood fire, grilled fish/chicken and pure organic vegetarian/vegan food.

In the evening you can relax at the fireplace with mountain people, guests and volunteers.
(They never use M.S.G, sugar and additive)
(Rice and some vegetables comes from the villages we work with)

Daauw Home is just halfway up the temple stairs to the left. Because it is just above the main street only a five minute walk you feel you have actually arrived in the valleys and mountains of Laos.

All profits go to the Empowerment Activities for the Ethnic Minorities and especially the Women in the Mountains of Laos.
(Kajsiab Project : www.projectkajsiablaos.org)

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Thank crazybolivia
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

This restaurant was awesome. It had a fire in the corner and the locals would come in to try and practise their English. I had the "entire fish" which was grilled over a wood burning fire and it was cooked to,perfection. The Lao salad was great as was the rice which seemed half brown...not the usual white steamed rice you usually find. Ate here both nights of my stay and would say it was the best eatery in Huay Xai for its ambience. They played Manu Chao as background d music :-)

Thank Alex B
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is a great way to meet locals and help out. It IS a bit smoky from the campfire (but so fun) and their are cats around, so for me, I LOVE cats, but for allergy sufferers, just know this.

Thank MorningstarMarilyn
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Great authentic local cuisine, choose the family dinner and eat with the family, its quite an experience and you'll learn a lot about the area. All profits go to a great cause that you'll fell good about on your travels.

Thank Ed G
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