Cafe Chai Dee

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Latsavongseuk Road, Savannakhet, Laos

Serves meat, vegan options available. Formerly named Cafe Anakot. Offers international cuisine including Thai, Japanese, Western, Indian, and Italian plus fruit shakes and healthy drinks. Book exchange and travel library, free Wi-Fi. Directions: From old market keep walking to the south for 5 minutes until you see a yellow building on the right side. Open Mon-Thu 8:30am-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, International, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

5 Reviews

First Review by docvids

Cozy little place - Edit

In the center of Savannaketh you'll find this cute little place. They have not a lot of vegan choices but they speak english and can adapt some of the dishes for you. The papaya salad was fresh and tasted good. It's also a good place to check emails.

Pros: Speak English, Wi-Fi available

Cons: not much vegan options

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Food a bit bland - Edit

Unfortunately the food wasn’t too great here but it was good to see a menu listing vegetarian options in Laos.
We had the red curry which was not the best. We also ordered the sushi and miso soup meal- again nowhere near as good as sushi I have had in the UK or other parts of Europe but a decent option including some home made pickled ginger and wasabi. The vegan sushi was cucumber - would be nice to have some other ingredients and you have to ask for the mayonnaise to be left out.

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Hold the Salt - Edit

Not a bad place, friendly staff, but don't forget to hold the salt. Like most foods in Lao, the food was VERY salty.

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Sympathetic, Western Style Cafe-Restaurant - Edit

Friendly atmosphere catering to the backpacker and NGO crowd. According to the menu there's a range of "Japanese" and Thai dishes, Spaghetti dishes, sandwiches, toasts - and that's not all. I got a "Japanese style" "Chai Dee Fried TOFU Set": Rice, mock meat, grated carrots on a lettuce leaf - that was about it. The separately ordered vegetable soup was small and unremarkable.

I've just arrived in Laos, so don't take my observations too serious. But when I visited first time, there were rats scampering over the kitchen floor, and when I told the waiters, they just stood around me laughing and explained the place was built above a canal - not lifting a finger. The dining area seemed clean (you have to leave your shoes at the entrance), plates etc. were new and spotless. And I liked the service anyway.

Based on the dish I got and this experience I'd rather go to a different restaurant for food - it can be cheaper too. But for a coffee and Wifi there're probably few better locations in town.

Some updates on earlier information: According to staff the cafe has three owners, one of them being Japanese (but not present). These days there aren't any mosquitos in Savannakhet, even in the evening (November 2014, confirmed by other travellers).

Pros: good for "checking emails", good selection of drinks, friendly atmosphere

Cons: food doesn't live up to expectations

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Warm welcome to weary travellers - Edit

The best thing about Cafe Chai Dee is the amazing owner, Koichi, also known affectionately as Moto San to his customers. Koichi strives to make you feel welcome in Savannakhet, not just with his food but also with his warm personality and friendliness.... which is like manna from heaven for lonely and isolated travelers and NGO workers in Savan.
His food is good, heart warming, solid comfort food. He has a wide range of dishes but his best ones are the Japanese ones. Theres some curries, with and without meat, a very yummy pesto served with pasta but also in sandwiches. My favourite is probably the excellent vege patty sandwich. Appetisers include sushi and samosas.
Drinks are excellent. Theres a wide range of fruit juices, lassi and hot/cold coffee/tea. The coffee is western style with milk rather than with sweetened condensed milk.
As a bonus, theres a small library of books, a good collection of local travel guides... and the best bit.... if Koichi is free, he will come and chat with you himself. Which is a real bonus, as he's such a nice guy.

Pros: Excellent food, Good portions, Friendly staff

Cons: Mosquitoes

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