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Lao Kitchen

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Rue Hengboun | opposite KP Hotel, Vientiane 0100, Laos
+856 20 54 846 421
11:00 - 22:00
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Fremantle, Australia
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016

This place is a good introduction to Lao cuisine. I had the pork spring rolls and the fish laab and both were really nice. They were busy but the staff still gave good service. Seemed to be a good mixture of locals, tourists and expats in there too which is always a good sign.

Thank gpwilliamson
Level Contributor
58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

I don't get the negative reviews here. There's a huge range of food from the north and south of Laos. They've got some unusual picks, such as frog and buffalo skin. The food I got tasted great at a good price. Authentic? I wouldn't know, I'm not Laotian. But it was good!

Thank AsiaHand19
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The most of the menu are no spicy dishes even in Laos. If you want to eat the vegetable and if you don't like spicy food, please try it.

Thank yoshihiden768
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Visited after flying into Vientiane - for a quick lunch. Had the fresh spring rolls and the red curry rice. The rolls where fantastic, the curry needed a bit more spice - but the staff gave me some chillies so all good. Fantastic taste. (It was probably flavoured for tourists, they did marked the dish like that - so even... More 

Thank Yverbaan
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

The Laab here is a must have. We had Laab several times while visiting Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Lao Kitchen's was easily the best. Everything we ordered was excellent and it was open air and roomy so good for our kids to play a little without disturbing other diners.

Thank Shella H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

We decided to try this restaurant based on the reviews. I ordered the papaya salad without fish sauce as I'm a vegetarian and it came out so bland, they did not substitute it with a vegetarian alternative dressing. The red curry was average. I probably would not be in a hurry to go back.

Thank Alpa S
LaoKVientiane, Owner at Lao Kitchen, responded to this review

Dear Alpa S, Fish sauce (fermented or otherwise) is a basic ingredient of green papaya salad. Without it, the fundamental balance of flavours is affected, so yes, the dish will taste different. Not sure what the "vegetarian dressing" is you are referring to, but the substitute for fish sauce would be salt. Soy sauce would not be an appropriate substitute... More 

Tweed Heads, Australia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 June 2016

The food was not bad, but it tasted very much like Lao/Thai food for foreigners. Servings are small compared to other Lao restaurants. Not a bad option for those unaccustomed to strong Lao flavors. If seeking authentic Lao food, there are better options.

Thank hillslikeelephants26
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Not bad but not great either. Prices are a bit higher than usual, service was quite cold when I went there. What disturbed me was this lack of "soul" in that place. Food is ok, the lime-mint shake was great, but didn't feel that comfortable

Thank Gilbert_Sin_Barrier
London, United Kingdom
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294 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Lao kitchen offers indoor and outdoor seating, and a menu with an array of lao dishes featuring different meats and fish. There is also plenty of vegetarian options as well. The restaurant front is open and as a result there is no a/c, only fans. It can get quite hot in the heat of the day and still in the... More 

Thank Pi-Anna-3
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

We had the pork larp and the red chicken curry. Our first pork larp in Laos and it is still the best that we have had. Really tasty with lots of mint. Red chicken curry was extremely flavoursome - better than the standard dish we've had in south east Asia. Service very good and lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Thank putney2015

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$9
Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rue Hengboun | opposite KP Hotel, Vientiane 0100, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Province  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 20 54 846 421
Opposite the KP Hotel near the National Cultural Hall. Open from 11am to 10pm everyday.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?