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04/72 Ban Pak Kham, Luang Prabang, Laos

Serves meat, vegan options available. Owner speaks English and can understand specific dietary needs and menu questions. Menu has a vegetarian section where dishes without egg are vegan suitable. Reported closed, Aug 2017.

Categories: Thai, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Laotian, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by limegreen07

Nice place - Edit

Nice place but on the day market street so bad smells kept wafting in. Didn't enjoy the tofu lab but my partner did. not really a fan of raw veg. Not very cheap. about 25k for a meal .

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Not very impressed - Edit

I think that the experience eating at this place may vary depending on who's working and at what time you go, since many people seem to like it. We went here after sundown, which I think takes away some of its charm.

We ordered the noodle soup, which was OK (we've definitely had better) and the Lab Tofu, which was rather dull, not very warm, and sometimes way too peppery.

I wouldn't mind going here again in daytime to give this place another chance, but this time was a disappointment.

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delicious food, cute place - Edit

The restaurant was nice and pretty,
the food was absolutely delicious!!
The service was good
I can't complain I would go there again anytime!
The prices were about 25 000 kip per meal without rice. It seems to be an average price in restaurants so it's a good price for such quality food!

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Great service - Edit

Very friendly people, eager to learn more English and French. Easy to find, nice small lane with a local market. Had the vegetarian Lab Tofu, which was very good.

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food, Nice location

Cons: Not everyone understands English

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Good Veggie Selection - Edit

Nice restaurant with very attentive staff - they give you the wifi code as soon as you get your phone out! Good range of vegetarian options considering it's not a vegetarian restaurant. Had the tofu lab, which was tasty.

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Homestyle ovo-vegetarian + limited vegan options - Edit

Same Same is a charming little back-alley eatery run by smiling women who clearly aim to please (but may or may not hit that target every time).

The main attraction for us was the "100% vegetarian" page on their menu. Upon closer inspection, there's a lot on offer for ovo-vegetarians, but fewer options for vegans.

We ordered two dishes: one of which was vegan as-is, and the other of which (vegetable spring rolls) normally contains egg but when we asked if it could be made without egg, two servers said yes, so we went for it.

Well, two things went not as planned. First, they brought us two of the vegan dish, even though we ordered only one. Not wanting to waste or to put them out, we just accepted and ate both of them. Then, they brought us the spring rolls, which we cut open to find plenty of egg inside. We called the server to the table and she said, "You don't want egg?" So, misunderstanding, apparently. To her credit, she volunteered to make eggless ones for us, but we still felt bad about it (and left a larger tip, along with extra smiles).

Bottom line: The food was good in a homestyle way, but we would recommend against special orders here unless you speak Lao well enough to be double-sure the order is understood.

Pros: Friendly homestyle eatery, several veg*n options

Cons: Serves meat and egg, "hold the egg" orders may not work

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Better than initial impressions - Edit

The lady speaks excellent english and will adapt meals to suit. As ever be aware that many places state vegetarian or even vegan and still fail to realise that oyster sauce is not what we want. This place actually allows you to check ingredients in detail AND the food (15 to 30,000Kip) is worth waiting for including possibly the best Mango and sticky rice (17,000Kip?) we've ever had - and we try it at every opportunity! As the previous reviewer states, it would be nice to see no poor caged birds but sadly this is very common in Laos. The market through which you walk to get there has some very sad sights (in early morning) but that is a fact of life at most markets in Laos sadly. It is little more than 3 or 4 minutes walk from the corner vegan 10,000 Kip a plate stall on Sisavangvong Road at Wat Mai (which opens at 5pm or so most evenings).

Pros: Meals can be adapted to your needs, Well priced, English speaking chef

Cons: Not so easy to find, Caged birds

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Pleasant place between birdcages - Edit

The restaurant has a pleasant dining area, you sit in the open, lots of plants surround you, the waitress is friendly and offers Wifi in good English - you'd instantly feel comfortable, were it not for the many birds in cages. I counted nine of them, some of the birds being large - less so their cages.

Luang Prabang's menus are notorious for their incompetence: The Sunday buffet is labelled "vegan", but clearly offers egg dishes; the vegetarian section starts with a dish prepared "with oyster sauce". Etc. - Not so, it seems, in this restaurant. Vegan stuff can be identified with the help of the waitress (who was new, but sensible) and the vegetarian section is apparently really vegetarian.

I had a noodle soup with tofu from the soup section and the La(r)b Tofu And Mushroom dish with sticky rice - both better than average.

Pros: good, English spoken service, vegetarianism is understood

Cons: lots of caged birds

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