Vegetarian in the Golden Age

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0155 Hatxadi, Saylom Road, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane, Laos

Vegetarian Buddhist restaurant serving Asian and western food with mock meats. Nice and clean. Owners speak basic English and meals are sizable. Buffet served from 11am-2pm daily. The only place outside Vietnam found serving typical western pho style meals, vermicelli with tofu, sprouts, shredded carrots, cucumber, herbs and mock fish sauce, and spring rolls with peanut sauce. Also offers fruit shakes, various seasoned vegetables, and appetizers, soups. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-8:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Western, Vietnamese

30 Reviews

First Review by AmericanPhil

Great Food, huge variety - Edit

Was sceptical because I am not too much into mock meat, but they have so many options, it is really worth going there. We went there in the evening, so we chose from the menu.

Try the seitan with lemongrass - very tasty!

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best in town - Edit

Regularly eat here for lunch buffet, even if not close by. Great food selection. Different every day. Creative and tasty.

They also have a store to sell vegan food stuffs, including frozen mock meat, which I like.

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NOT vegan - Edit

This place is certainly not vegan as others have claimed, so be careful when ordering. They love to add milk, butter, cheese, egg, etc. even after I specified none of the above before ordering, and then I asked them about why there is butter and cheese in my overpriced spaghetti they said I can just take it out? Unacceptable and inconsiderate staff.

Pros: Attractive name

Cons: Not vegan, Overpriced, Inconsiderate staff

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One of the best in town - Edit

Vegetarian paradise! All you can eat buffet with a LOT of choices! The dishes change everyday. There's always a soup and fruits. There is also free iced tea and water. The restaurant is super clean and the food is fresh and delicious! The price is 30 000 kips.

Pros: a lot of choices, fresh, delicious and cheap, Fruits, tea and water available for free

Cons: Some dishes are too greasy

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Decent food with lots of fake meats - Edit

Slightly odd setting with many large photos of a particular monk all over the walls. The staff were friendly, very limited English spoken. An extensive menu of dishes with many fake meat items, we both had noodle soups- the spicy beef soup was very good but the crab noodle soup tasted slightly odd. Would go again for the buffet as we were too late for this and ordered straight from the menu. There is a small food shop attached which seems to be all vegan. There is also a small place to buy drinks and ice creams out front, also attached- where we were excited to see some products we had previously bought in Thailand such as Thai tea flavour soy milk bottle (delicious!!) and a coconut based ice cream on a stick. However they also sell dairy based ice cream and drinks here, which did make me question whether the restaurant is 100% vegan as they seemed to be the same business. I spotted yoghurt on the menu for example but do not know if this was dairy or soy based as I did not ask. Would recommend checking this.

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Vegan heaven - Edit

Love this place - clean, wholesome, Buddhist, vegan!

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Frisbee Spaghetti - Edit

The owner is a real swell guy. I did eat here many times in the past. The last time i visited the owner and me we played Frisbee Spaghetti. It goes like this. I ordered several dishes, all delicious like always, and a spaghetti with tomato sauce. The spaghetti was absolute horrible; it was actually not spaghetti but thick vermicelli, microwaved, and basically sticking together and when lifted with a fork, it would stay the same shape. when that glorious moment of exchanging money aproached, i showed him the spaghetti and said its not delicious. Ting tong suddenly he didnt understand anything anymore, said yes yes its delicious. its very normal in a restaurant if your food is below expectations and you dont eat it, that they apologize and you dont pay. not here, mr religion starts a verbal thug of war for ten minutes which he finally ends in frustration with using the plate of spaghetti as a frisbee. Very unprofesional, and another proof that cults or religion dont make people better or nicer.
so in short, if you want some excitement, order a plate of spaghetti, point out how terrible it is, and dont pay.

Pros: delicious buffet

Cons: religious phony atmosphere

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great place to fill-up on delicious vego food - Edit

every day I am in Vientiane I go to this great little restaurant run by beautiful Vietnamese Buddhist people ... buffet Monday to Friday only ... Saturday and Sunday order from the menu ... the food is delicious with lots of mock meats and vegs and of course rice ... it can get very busy with lots of local people eating lunch especially during Buddhist holy days ... my non-vego Lao friends always like to join me at this restaurant ... staff speak Viet and basic English with a little bit of Lao / Thai

Pros: 30,000 kip all-you-can-eat buffet

Cons: very basic Lao style restroom

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Loved it - Edit

We walked by the restaurant yesterday and we thought they were closed, but a friendly lady told us they are redecorating at the moment but they were in fact open. They have an extensive menu and it is all vegan! including mock crab, eggs, pancakes and much more. We ordered noodle soup, fried rice, fried and fresh springrolls and it was all delicious! Food came fairly quickly compared to most restaurants in Laos. Would recommend anyone to go here!

Pros: Friendly staff, Delicious food, Lots of options

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loved it ! - Edit

Absolutely loads of options and all of it is vegan! The meats are mock meats and I had the Vietnamese mock crab noodle soup whilst my girlfriend had the standard noodle soup. So tasty and had the perfect level of spice. All of the options are quite cheap from 20k to 40k(kipp) so 2 to 4 pounds whilst sharer pots are around 100k (and looked epic). Definitely check this place out and don't be disheartened by the appearance of the restaurant..blah blah don't judge a book by its cover ?

Pros: Practically all vegan and tasty mock meets that ar

Cons:

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25,000 kip buffet - Edit

If its Sunday then this is your only option as the other two veggie/vegan joints are not open.
It will run you $3.00 for the buffet, which starts at 11:00 am until 2 pm daily. The meal won't change your life, but it will definitely fill you up.

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Hmmm... it's complicated - Edit

A big all-vegan buffet with A LOT of interesting vegan dishes in a very good prices. BUT the place looks not so cozy, even dirty, the stuff not really understand English and sometimes can give you dishes that you didn't order.

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Freaking delicious - Edit

Freaking delicious meals cooked with what tastes like Chinese inspiration. Super polite staff. If you are in Vientiane, make sure that you eat here at least once. Best to come for the lunchtime buffet. 11:30am onwards.

Pros: Plenty of options on the buffet

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Buffet of options - Edit

Place is not so cosy, but staff is friendly, food is fresh and there is a lot of options in the buffet, all vegan. Had the lunch buffet a couple of times there.

Pros: Vegan, Lots of options, Fresh

Cons: Location , Looks

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all you can't eat - Edit

literally went there and smashed three plates 4 cups of water and paid 25000 kip. dope price and very nice people. menu option available but why would you ever

Pros: great flavor

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Buddhabelly delicious - Edit

We ate here twice and for 25000 kip we were delighted with the amazing selection of food both times. These ladies cook with love for food and their guru. There was soup, rice, maybe 5 or 6 tofu dishes, potato, greens, mushrooms... Beautiful. And then a lovely chilled tea as well.
The place is clean and welcoming and busy with locals
A wonderful place to fill your belly up

Pros: amazing selection , lovely staff, popular

Cons: not open at night :(

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Excellent Vegan Restaurant - Edit

Judging by the one time I had the buffet lunch here this is probably the best "jai" (Chinese Vegan) restaurant in South-East Asia. It is certainly better than any of the other jai restaurants in Vientiane listed in Happy Cow. It is about a kilometer from the main backpacker area, in the direction of Patuxay Monument. I got a tuk-tuk there for 35,000 kip, and one coming back for 30,000 kip.
Updated from previous review on Monday November 16, 2015

Pros: large selection, delicious food, friendly staff

Cons: it's a hike from the backpacker area

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Very good place - Edit

Went here yesterday and the lady let me order from the menu even though it was a buffet lunch (I didn't see the sign) which I really appreciated! Good tasty food and the staff were friendly and spoke English :) will go again before leaving Vientiane.

Pros: Good customer service, Good portion size, Tasty food

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Nice buffet - Edit

I went there for lunch today and was surprised by the big selection of different foods. They had rice, pho soup, pumpkin with sweet potatoes, green salad, tofu, mock meats, fried veggies and other things. Everything was made with nice spices and every meal tasted different.

The only bad thing was that the food was cold.

Pros: Inexpensive, Tasty food

Cons: Cold food

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Good Food but didn't see menu - Edit

Large Buddhist restaurant. Clean and pleasant. Arrived 3:30 PM. Didn't see a menu. Looked like buffet was done for the day but woman heated what was left. Very nicely seasoned potatoes and eggplant, tofu, wide variety of veggies, with rice and a deeply.fragrant cold jasmine tea.
Updated from previous review on Monday December 29, 2014 I was charged only 20 Kip... very reasonable.

Pros: nice flavors, inexpensive , pleasant

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good, but is it really vegan??? - Edit

Went here twice. Once we ordered off the menu and once we had the buffet which only cost 25000 kip. There were so many options on the menu that looked delicious and I ordered two of them both of which tasted great. However, the crepe that I ordered looked, smelled, and tasted a lot like eggs. It was hard to find out what it was made of as they don't speak any English and I don't speak either Lao or Vietnamese. The buffet was ok but not as good as the menu items
By the way, another reviewer wrote that they are only open for lunch. Untrue, they stay open until 7pm.

Pros: lots of menu items, nice service

Cons: no english, might include egg, don't know

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Great food in a relaxing atmosphere - Edit

Very nice buddhist music and relaxing atmosphere. I went for the lunch buffet (about $ 3) and there were about 10 different dishes to eat with rice. Everything was freshly made, included noodle soup and beans and coconut dessert.The food was very tasty, clean and light, not stuffed with fake meat, spices or MSG. I would strongly recommend this place. Plenty of different sort of vegetables: greens, spinach, mushrooms, aubergines, broccoli, cauliflowers, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkin and tofu. The warm dessert with kidney beans in coconut milk was absolutely delicious!!!

Pros: Fresh, Clean, Friendly and relaxed staff

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innovative food - Edit

Nice and innovative food, mostly soya base, still lot of vegetables. nice verity to try-out. I am frequent customer for lunch. multiple visits lets you know actual taste.

Cons: food gets cold very fast.(bufe)

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Great meal - Edit

Lunch time buffet, 25000 kip ($2.50). A dozen or so trays of food laid out, help yourself. Tasty fare, I enjoyed 3 plates, plus a coconut. Only open for lunch, outside seating is pleasant. Spoke to some cute Laos girls on their lunch break.

Pros: Food, Low cost

Cons: Little hard to find, food is not protected from flies

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Fresh and Tasty - Edit

I was very impressed by this restaurant. Everything was very fresh and tasty. There was a good selection and with a cup of iced tea represents very good value for money.
it is a shop as well so you can purchase some goods as well as cook books etc.

Pros: Fresh and tasty, Good selection, Store combined

Cons: there were a few killer mosquitos

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Great place! - Edit

Amazing menu with loads of choice, English and pictures.

Pros: Lots of choice, Tasty food, Nice staff

Cons: Quite a few of ants/mosquitos/etc

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Good option at night, Vietnam style - Edit

A nice place, quiet at night. The best veg*n option at night in Vientiane in my opinion. There's lots to choose from on the menu, including plenty of interesting Vietnamese dishes. I went twice and tried the pho soup, which was nice and the Vietnamese stuffed bitter melon soup, which was tasty and interesting.

The restaurant itself has a nice atmosphere with colourful decorations and lots of photos of a happy monk called Master Ruma. Prices are inexpensive, ranging from 15,000 to 25,000 kip.

Pros: Vietnamese dishes, Open at night

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