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Vegetarian in the Golden Age

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

Vegan 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.

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Western, Vietnamese

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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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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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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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ok, but ther are better spots in town - Edit

i just tried the buffet, which is cheap 25.000 but the taste is not the best, imo to much salt/say sauce.

Pros: cheap, friendly staff

Cons: not , to much salt/soy sauce


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Buddhists vegetarian in Vientiane - Edit

Nice, clean, great service and friendly staff. It all vegetarian and offers beautiful mock meat meals. Place ran by a buddhist family honoring a local guru. Offers tasty traditional pho Vietnamese dishes and sizeable! Just 5 minutes from Ventiane central touristy spot. They aren't overly busy probably as local folks view this kind of restaurant as specialty food and only important on religious days when they must refrain from eating meat. Big place, many fans and table, very clean and organized with a small section outside.

Pros: excellent food, healthy cuisine, good value

Cons: relatively unknown to travelers


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