Lao Wai

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 78 reviews )
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Luntmakargatan 74, Stockholm, Sweden

Small family run vegan Chinese restaurant near Rådmansgatan tube. Serves green tea from its own tea farm in Taiwan. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-2:00pm, Tue-Sat 5:30pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Taiwanese

78 Reviews

First Review by Poundie

Not vegetarian just Vegan ❤️ - Edit

Loved the pandan icecream

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Delicious and spicy - Edit

Food was varied and excellent. Beware it can be spicy :)

Pros: Fast service, many menu options

Cons: Maybe not a con to some but it is a small place, I

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Still up to par and worth a visit - Edit

My expectations were very high having heard and read great things about Lao Wai. One of Stockholm's first and most popular vegan restaurants.

The place is small and the interior is stripped back with wooden furniture and plain walls with photographs of scenes from the Sichuan province whose cuisine is the inspiration for many of the dishes.

My company and I were there on a Monday around 6 pm. The restaurant gradually started filling up until all the tables were occupied so it's advisable to book in advance by phone.

I opted for Fruits of the Sea which consisted of pak choi, vegan shrimp (soy protein), wakame seaweed, oyster mushrooms and soft tofu served in a ginger and spring onion bouillon/light sauce. The flavour was mild yet rich and interesting. My company chose no 24 on the menu which was; "Spicy Sichuan dish with smoked tofu, taro root, shiitake, chilies, baby corn, garlic shoots, snowpeas, and black beans." It was also tasty but we both agreed that the flavour wasn't perhaps as groundbreaking and inventive as that of the other dish.

We went all in and opted for the homemade ice cream. I couldn't resist the flavour pistachio-cardamom-bergamot. You could taste actual pistachio nuts and cardamom seeds and it was rich in flavour. The orange-ginger ice cream was also good but milder.

Do note that the alcohol is not all vegan, ask to be sure! I chose the vegan white wine to go with my dish which worked very well.

I look forward to trying more dishes on the menu. As the a la carte menu is rather pricey, I'm aiming to try the lunch options although I've heard that it's difficult to get a table!

Highly recommend a visit to Lao Wai. The food is well-thought out and excellently presented with interesting flavours and high quality.

Pros: Good quality, interesting, great flavours, knowledgeable staff, Focus is on the food

Cons: Must book in advance, small restaurant, one waiter was working all the tables, quite expensive

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Worth visiting - Edit

Pros: large portions, very tasty;
Cons: prices, small space.

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What a surprise! - Edit

It's difficult to describe how the food tastes like. It's like an Asian fusion, really tasty and good. Quite spicy as well! The place is small so it's good to consider booking a table. I've read that the prices are high, but I must say that the portions are quite big. We were two people and had two starters and a main dish. It was a lot of food anyway! The restaurant it's easy to find close to a metro stop.

Pros: Vegan, Delicious, Unique taste

Cons: Small place

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Nice food, good portion - Edit

The food was nice, though a bit on the salty side. Portion sizes are big, and main dishes came with rice. I understand this is Stockholm yet I still find it a bit overpriced compared to other nice vegan restaurants in the city. Good for when you want some Chinese food!

Pros: Delicious food, Big portion , Friendly staff

Cons: Small space, Overpriced

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Healthy and fast lunch! - Edit

Only one dish. Fast serving on a busy lunch. Nice staff.

Pros: Food and staff

Cons: Crowded with few free seats.

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Great lunch spot - Edit

We arrived during lunch to be greeted with the only dish on the menu which was amazing. Lovely staff, fast and delicious food.

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really good food and friendly - Edit

Great vegan food. Fast and friendly service

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Excellent food from starter to desert - Edit

Everything was just delicious, I’m specially fond of the home made ice creams. It’s a small space so reservations are advised.

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the best in Stockholm. - Edit

small cosy place with good service. the order for the table way of eating gives nice atmosphere at the table. everything is vegan and the homemade ice cream is super nice.

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Gott! Starkt! - Edit

Jättegott och starkt så att det känns, men ändå överlever.

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Excellent Little Restaurant - Edit

I absolutely love Lao Wai. My dad and I were staying in Stockholm for a few days and decided to try the restaurant out as it is fully vegan. I've never really eaten traditional Chinese foods nor dined in the same way, and the experience was really great. The first time we went we got two dishes and found we ate too much, so when we went back the second time we just got one dish between us. We got different foods each time, one soy protein dish and two tofu ones. My dad is very strongly non-vegan, but even he was more than happy to go back a second time. The waiter was different each time, but both were so friendly, polite and helpful. I wish we could've stayed in the city longer so I could have tried some more of their dishes, because they were so tasty. The only thing I could say "bad" about it was that it was so small, but it had a really cosy vibe, so while we almost didn't get a table, it isn't really anything that would stop me from giving this place a five-star rating.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff

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N°1 - Edit

Honestly the best vegan restaurant possibly in the world. Can't say I've been to them all but I've been to a fair few and this is the top of the list for me. Traditional Chinese cuisine to perfection, but also a traditional Chinese dining experience itself. Life changing from the first bite. The thing they serve for lunch isn't bad either.

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Very nice and spicy lunch - Edit

Indeed fully vegan and very good lunch, properly spiced

Pros: Spicy

Cons: A bit expensive

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Great Asian food100% vegan - Edit

17 year vegan and I can vouch that this place is life changing good. Friendly staff, very central, normal price. The Ice dream was also AMAZING...The wait time was a bit long but were were there saturday at primetime so... the menu is a bit confusing, but te atmosphere is great there I'd go back 100%

Pros: 100% vegan /desserts are vegan, Friendly staff/ Great English

Cons: long wait/ small resturant, pricey

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A tiny oasis - Edit

This tiny restaurant boasts (in my humble opinion) the best vegan cuisine in Stockholm. It Specializes in vegetarian food inspirerad by traditional Sichuan and Taiwanese dishes. Their kitchen is free of msg, egg and milk products. Make sure to book a table if you're in town.

Pros: All dishes are vegan

Cons: It is a bit expensive, but worth it

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nice but crowded - Edit

It's a really good restaurant but it is very small so it can be hard ta find a place to site if it is during lunchbreak. The food is well done and has a good price for it.

Pros: Food, Easy to take TakeAway

Cons: Crowded, Only one dish a day

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Best option - Edit

For many years this was the only pure vegan restaurant in town which might be a valid thing to take in context when reading older reviews, we had nothing to compare with.

Now we have something to compare with and it is still the best option of the pure vegan places. The food is Szechuan and Taiwanese standard dishes veganised, so perhaps not a super thing compared with cities with more options, but the food is tasty and good.

The enviorment might be stressfull, and it's a place to go with a bigger group so you can share off diffrent places. And Do book a table

Pros: Good authentic Szechuan and Taiwanese food, Central, Tasty

Cons: Requires booking, Expensive, Might be loud

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great place - Edit

Cozy place, but tiny, all tables are really close to each others and it gets noisy really quick. Book in advance, the place is often fully booked! The food really good and spicy, but nothing original. Good point though, you can get as much rice as you want with no extra costs

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Amazing food, very good service - Edit

Very busy restaurant, but accommodated us without a reservation. Food and tea was top quality. Staff were happy to alter some of the dishes to make it suitable for a year old child. They also put up with the mess and noise from a boisterous child!

Pros: very good food, Good drink options

Cons: None that I can think of

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yummy Vegan Chinese - Edit

Ate hear and loved all the vegan options. Have some spicy, some veggie, and some tofu. Small place usually closed during July :( Reservations strongly suggested.

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Hours of operation and days open, No herbal tea

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Unreal - Edit

Honestly some of the best vegan food I've ever eaten. It is pricey, even by Stockholm standards, but absolutely worth going if you are visiting. The staff was also very friendly!

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Finally! - Edit

Cozy little spot in Stockholm, often fullbooked.
The food is supertasty and delicious, a fantastic place to eat expecially if you like spicy food, but even if you do not.
Pretty big portions that are worth the price, the right place to get friends to impress them!

Pros: almost everything is gluten-free

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next level quality - Edit

This is really really good. Some of the best vegan food i have ever had. It is expensive but more than worth it.

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This is where I bring meat eaters to impress them - Edit

The food is absoutely delicious, and the drink options go well with the food. One main course is more than enough to fill you up, and you share the courses on the table, putting a little bit of everything in your own rice bowl. Make sure to save some room for the home-made ice cream based on soy, rice or coconut milk.

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Alot to choose! I will visit this place again. - Edit

Tiny resturant, but cosy. Book the table in advance! Expensive but it is worth the cost, because of the high quality of the food. Extraordinary ingredients. Soy-meat, tofu, mushrooms in meany variations... and delicious ice cream - based on coconut-, soy- or ricemilk.

Pros: All dishes on the menu is vegan, Vegan starters, main courses and desserts , Delicious food, very high quality

Cons: Very tiny place - noisy, but cosy, Expensive , The drinks may not be vegan. Check with the staff

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