Whether you’re in Vientiane for business or pleasure, fine dining should be on your list of things to explore. Here are three of the best fine dining restaurants that Vientiane has to offer. They cover traditional Lao dining as well as French cuisine and a unique restaurant featuring a menu of Indochinese dishes that’s not to be missed.
For visitors in town who want to soak up the culture of Laos as well as experience exquisite Lao cuisine, Kualao Restaurant should be your destination. The restaurant is housed in a beautifully restored, two-story French-colonial building. Inside you’ll find a cheerful dining room decorated in traditional Lao style. With authentically-clad servers and live Lao music playing in the background, you’ll be transported back to a time where elegance in dining was expected. The restaurant features chicken and pork dishes that are expertly prepared and provide you with the best Lao cuisine fine dining experience in Vientiane.
L’Adresse – Cuisine de Tinay
This restaurant is located near the river in a large and spacious, two-story, converted home. The dining room features a chic and modern décor and a relaxed atmosphere. The menu features many of your traditional French favorites, and if you don’t find your favorite dish, just ask the friendly staff. They often take special requests. Looking around the dining room, you may notice that the restaurant is popular with French ex-pats. It’s a sure sign that you’ve come to one of the best places in the city for French cuisine.
3 Merchants is located in the Vientiane Crowne Plaza hotel in central Vientiane. It offers a unique cuisine that explores all the aromas, textures, and flavors of the Indochinese region of Southeast-Asia. You’ll dine in Asian-themed splendor while sampling the best dishes of the region. Try a bowl of traditional Malaysian Laksa or a spicy Thai Tom Yum. But save room for their slow-cooked spare ribs in a red curry paste with carrots, onions, and pineapple. They also have an extensive wine list, and the staff will be happy to suggest pairings with dishes on the menu.