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“Over-rated & Over-priced”
Review of Makphet Restaurant - CLOSED

Makphet Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$10
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10.30Pm (Kitchen closes at 9.30Pm) This award-winning restaurant (Miele Guide) is the culinary destination of choice in the Laotian capital, Vientiane. Makphet offers creative Lao cuisine, as well as great shakes and cocktails, all in beautiful surroundings. The restaurant also has a small gift shop attached to it, selling products made by families which will help keep their children in education.
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is a cosy little restaurant which is tastefully decorated and located right at the heart of the city. It also has an extensive range of dishes in its menu. However, the food did not live up to the expectation. We had 4 dishes and other than the pork sausage, all the dishes were bland and lack the punch which can usually be found in IndoChina dishes. Perhaps the flavour of the dishes has been toned down to suit the palates of the tourists.

The 4 dishes and one bowl of rice and glutinous rice each plus a big bottle of beer and a non-alcoholic drink came up to about USD40+; a tad pricey considering that we only had chicken and pork.

Kudos however for the good cause that the restaurant is promoting with interesting sale of recycled items such as detergent plastic bags made into purses.

Be sure to bring enough cash as payment via credit card will incur an additional 2 or 3% (can't remember exact percentage) charge which I find unreasonable. Also, be sure to bring smaller notes as the restaurant did not even have change for a USD100 note when we were there. Strange considering that it was packed to the brim that night and hence, should have been more well-prepared.

Reservation is required.

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Thank 3Gorgez
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Wonderful modern Lao food prepared and served by trainee staff. Great value, non-profit and whilst you are helping them you get to try some wonderful local food.

Thank Glenn S
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

I ate here on the 9th of November 2013 and it was one of the best meals I have ever had in a restaurant! The Fresh Spring Rolls are 'to die for'! We did eat there 2 nights later and there must have been a chilli or something in the food that was a bit shockingly hot but - oh well - no place is perfect but this café comes close. The staff were very friendly and attentive.

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Thank Eileen M
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We ate here twice and if we had been staying another night, would have been there for that third night too! Fantastic Lao fusion food, nicely presented and served with a genuine smile. Great atmosphere in the restaurant. Conveniently located for many visitors. Booking might be advised and they stop serving promptly at 9. You will be supporting a really worthy cause too.

Thank MartinandRosie
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

This is a cosy restaurant with seating both inside and out. I suggest sitting outside as it is very warm and stuffy inside despite the many fans. I am surprised that given it's popularity there is no air conditioning
The plus side to the well thought out menu is the option for half serves on several of the dishes which allowed a solo diner like myself to try out more than one dish. I would have hoped that the waitress would have warned me about the serving sizes as the 3 half serves which included a salad turned out to me far too much.
The food is very well balanced with a good amount of flavours and spice without being overpowering. It seems to deserve its number one spot.

Thank S D
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