Sorry to see that on my last trip to Laos ( Jan 22, 2014), that this place has been shut down. Not moving or renovating. One less reason to visit Vientiane :(
I was here at 1pm on March 20, 2013, and there was sign of a lunchtime buffet. But it's a pleasant place to sit, and I had a good lunch from the a la carte menu. A noodle dish, plus a mushroom/fungi dish, plus a big bottle of Beerlao came to 55,000 kip. A big plus is that it is open all day: many of the vegan restaurants in town are open only for lunch. A couple of nights ago I went with a friend and we ordered rice and three dishes to share, at 20,000 or 25,000 kip a dish. It was more than enough: two dishes would have been plenty. I really like the place, and the food is freshly cooked, but if you are on a budget there are vegan places where you can have an all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet for the price of one dish at Cuisine d'Or.Pros: Pleasant garden, Open all day
Cons: Pricey by local standards
A large menu of Chinese, Lao and other South East Asian country dishes. I had a a stir-fry and a fruit shake that were both fine. The flavour didn't blow me away, but maybe my taste buds have become dependent on MSG. (They don't use MSG at this restaurant.)
It's definitely 100 percent vegetarian and 99 percent vegan (I think they have some cow milk available for coffees for those who want it, but that's all). They are very clear on the menu that all the 'meats' are faux meats. They also list the ingredients of each dish very clearly. No cheese or eggs either. The pizzas are vegan too. Prices are fine - dishes are generally 15,000 - 25,000 kip.Pros: Great variety - from Chinese to vegan pizza
The only con I can think of in this place is that they mostly serve mock-meat (seitan, gluten, not the best source of protein/aminoacids..) and not so much tofu, and no hemp-based stuff. Then again a lot of other beans and beansprouts and such, so you'll get your proteins.
Everything I've tasted so far have been very delicious, the staff is extremely friendly and if possible get even more friendly when you remember to use sabaidii, kop chai lai lai (or kop chai eh eh), give the money with two hands, do the wai when thanking and all the other basic stuff. It can be a bit noisy right now (I guess until the fall of 2012, at least), as they are building a big whatnot at the neighbouring premises. But there is still a nice athmosphere. It is a bit weird though, that the place has been quite empty everytime I've been there.Pros: Friendly staff, Good value, Excellent food
Cons: Noisy (temporarily!)
I'm pointing this out because it is advertised as vegan on Happycow. But it isn't. In fact, it's not even strictly vegetarian from what I can see.
Their menu is good in that it tells you the ingredients of everything listed. And to be fair, what we ate was very tasty.
However, in the pizza section, there is a note at the top of the last page that tells you that the 'following pizzas are not vegetarian'. They contain ham. On the ingredients for those pizzas, it does not say 'vegetarian ham' where as on all the other vegetarian choices, it states that the ham is 'vegetarian ham'. There are only a couple of pizzas that are like this. It's a little confusing why they did that, but for some reason they sell a little meat, probably to try and appeal to non-vegetarians.
The food they do have though is very tasty. The staff are very friendly, but for some reason I never really thought to challenge them about the 'ham'. Maybe because the staff didn't appear to speak much english.
Cons: seems to have meat on menu
I had a couple of the tom yums here (mushroom and 'fish') which were served in *HUGE* bowls (best shared), and pretty good if a little salty. The 'larb/laap' I tried was not so good; I had far better larb at a non-veg place in Vang Vieng.Pros: large servings, great soup, friendly service
Cons: some meals not so good, empty every time I've been there
Rolled in on a weekend, and had to order from the menu. Rather slim options, with nothing really shinning on the menu. Ordered the Laos soup, which was good, but not fantastic. Noodles a bit tough, but the broth was Delish. Also had the stir fry noodles with soya - came with mock meat and wide glass noodles.
A quick place for a feed if you were in need, but not memorable enough to return.Pros: Picture menu, Clean, Open on weekends
Cons: Not much english, Small menu
There lunch buffet from 11 am to 2 pm is delicious. They put different dishes out daily. Ive eaten at most of the places in Vient. and this is the best. Everything is vegan even the salad dressing. They put out about 15 different dishes daily. Fresh fruit, rice, a variety of stir fries, appet. salad, noodles, and soup.
Lovely setting with air-con interior, glass windows and garden setting. By far the nicest atmosphere of the veg. restaurants.
The place is run by a lovely young couple. The husband speaks good English. The woman was a chef for 8 plus years and it is reflected in the dishes. Heavy emphasis on vegetables and fresh sauces instead of dried packaged vege meats from Taiwan.
The are also the easiest veg restaurant to find and located a block from the river in the downtown area. Im not sure of the exact street number and the street name is spelled different on every map you look at. If you are on Setthathai Street there is a large yuppie coffee shop at Mah. street. They are constructing a large high rise on the other corner. That is the street the restraunt is one 4 doors down from the construction site. There is a sign in English at the corner of Set. and Math. that says 'vegetarian restaurant. There is a yellow and red sign out front in Lao and a brown wooden gate.
I'd like to see the chef offer cooking classes as all her food is truly authentic fresh light clean and delicious.Pros: Delicious, Clean fresh healthy food, Authentic
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