Delicious modern Lao cuisine for a cause

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What we say: 4.5 stars

It’s no surprise that this popular Vientiane restaurant outgrew its old space and had to move to bigger, brighter digs. Now there are plenty of tables in a pleasant garden setting to accommodate the demand.

Its popularity is well deserved, and not just because of the delicious food. Makphet is a vocational training restaurant offering marginalised, at-risk youth (often former street youth) with skills in hospitality. The feel good feeling is extra spice to the flavourful, tasty dishes, a contemporary take on Lao favourites and ingredients. Try buffalo curry, spicy herb pork sausages and the grilled tomato, mushroom and eggplant jeows, dips that are served with every Lao meal and are an absolute must try. There are also yummy options for vegetarians. The portions are generous and it’s all best enjoyed Lao style, with everyone sharing. Be sure to also try a frozen cocktail and save room for a dessert, such as house-made coconut ice cream or mango sticky rice.

After dinner, browse the handicraft shop for products handmade from recycled materials. You can also take the restaurant’s recipes home with you by purchasing “From Honeybees to Pepperwood”, a must for anyone interested in Lao cuisine.

Makphet is a popular restaurant, so reservations are recommended.

The new location is on a lane running between Wat Inpeng and Quai Fa Ngum/Mekong River road.

Contact details
78 Ban Inpeng, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
T: (021) 260 587, (030) 536 8186
Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-14:00, 18:00-21:00
About the author
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer & photographer living in Laos since 2011. She's the author of So Many Miles, her blog about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and adventure at a time.
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78 Ban Inpeng, Ban Wat Chan, Vientiane
T: (021) 260 587, (030) 536 8186

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