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Tamarind - A Taste of Laos

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 6 reviews )
Contact 071213128

Nam Khan River Road, Ban Vat Sene, Luang Prabang, Laos,

Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant and cooking school. Has veg suitable dishes, and side that could be prepared vegan - ask about fish/oyster sauce. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-9:00pm.

Category: Organic, Beer/Wine, Laotian, Non-veg

Reviews (6)

First Review by sglcklch

Delicious - Edit

Really good vegan lao food. It seems to be very authentical. You have to make a reservation even in the rainy season especially if you want to have dinner later than 19:00. Ask for no fish sauce and no oyster sauce to make the dish vegan.

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cooking classes - Edit

The one day cooking class is amazing. Despite being the only vegan in a group of nine they provided a menu and incredibly fresh ingredients for a wonderful four course vegan meal. The spicy mushrooms baked in banana leaves were amazing!
Can highly recommend this activity.

Pros: vegan and vegetarian options provided , knowledgeable teacher , beautiful out of town setting

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Great way to experience authentic Lao cuisine - Edit

17USD for two drinks, a tasting platter, one main and two desserts. Incredibly authentic and they even offer a vegetarian version of a classic Lao dish. Get the black sticky rice for dessert, it is to die for! You must make a reservation though, the place is entirely booked out even in the low season.

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Good food but expensive - Edit

This is most diffidently a western style restaurant that just happens to serve Laos style food.
The veggie items are quite good, but really expensive for what they are.
(Mix of dips and things to put in the dips like seaweed crackers and sticky rice).
In an ideal world the best Laos has to offer would be veganised and served on communal bananaleaves. This restaurant only achieves half of that, there is no life or character to the experience itself.

Pros: Good food, Interesting items

Cons: Expensive, No character

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Just a few veggie options - Edit

Nothing remarkable. But I say I just try a Lao salad with rice.
No internet. Staff was ok.
Probably here could be interesting they have a cooking class for 200.000 (afternoon) and 270.000(morning with visit to market) kip.

Cons: no internet

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Lots of hype that didn't deliver - Edit

We saw this restaurant recommended in many travel guides, so we decided to give it a try. Dinner is usually quite busy so making a reservation would be wise.

Vegan options were a bit slim, most being just side dishes. We ordered pretty much everything vegan on the menu: the starter sampler, tofu larb, a couple veggie sides. None of them was memorable. The flavors were much milder and rather one-dimensional than what we had had elsewhere. At the end we also got the purple sticky rice dessert, which was surprisingly amazingly good. I would come here just for this!

Worst part of our meal though was the service. Staff seemed to be trained by western management but was absolutely incompetent - very slow and inattentive. We had to wait a lot, which, together with the mediocre food, only made the whole experience even more underwhelming.

Cons: service, selection

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