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“Very Good Laos Food in a Pleasant Setting”
Review of Amphone

Amphone
Ranked #74 of 476 Restaurants in Vientiane
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 26 July 2013

After a bigger than usual lunch elsewhere we ventured here intent on grazing lightly.

We started with the citronella pork - minced pork wrapped in lemongrass and grilled - which came with a great spicy/salty lime sauce. We also ordered a delicious Luang Prabang fried river weed, which has to be the world's best beer accompaniment. If I could set up a stall selling this at the Melbourne Cricket Ground I'd make a fortune. The weed was strips like fine parchment, folded over, and within the folds sesame seeds and other nice stuff (garlic?). YUM!

By now the taste buds had been tickled, so we pushed on to explore the menu a little more, with a beef salad (pleasant, but the beef a little more on the chewy side than we'd like) and a Hor Mok, which wasn't like the Thai version of the dish as all, with pieces of fish cooked with fennel and coconut milk, not emulsified like they do it across the Mekong, served with fresh fennel fronds. Very tasty!

As the rain had kept away we say outside, which was nice apart for the odd argument between the local canine population in the Soi.

It wasn't the cheapest meal you can get in Vientiane but the quality and finesse in the cooking makes it very good value for money.

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Thank ctrunfree
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We went looking for this restaurant & stumbled over it by accident (would have helped if we had a map!) Thank you to the contributors on the forum for recommending it. It was a very quiet night & we were the only ones outside for most of the night. The stand out dishes were the citronella chicken & the lemon steamed fish. Seriously yummy! My husband ordered the Om Larb (I think that is what it was called) & he wasn't fussed on it. Nothing wrong with it, just not to his taste. Someone ordered the river weed, which was interesting & we are glad we ordered it, but probably wouldn't again. Lots & lots of other dishes & drinks for around 560,000 Kip (about $80 Aussie dollars - ok my calculations are not 100% accutate - but close to) It was a great night & the staff were really accomodating & lovely. Definitely recommend it.

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2  Thank peegeeSydney
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

A group of 8 of us had a delicious meal here- it was a lovely warm evening and we sat outside which was very atmospheric. Most of us have had the set menu in its various forms and all our food was beautifully cooked and presented and good sized portions. Staff were very attentative and efficient, when we chatted to them about the food they explained how various dishes were cooke and the various herbs and spices used in each dish. The restaurant was recommended in the Lonely Planet Guide and it was the best restaurant we had dinner in during a 3 night stay iin Vientiane.

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1  Thank Maureen P
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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Delicious dinner in lovely surrounds, this restaurant is conveniently located opposite our hotel Phasouk Residence.
Chicken Citronella was a standout -minced chicken & herbs stuffed in lemongrass. Mains consisted of Duck Larb, Luang Prabang sausage and grilled mekong fish with purple & white sticky rice.
Beautiful cocktails, friendly service and a sound and light show from the dramatic thunderstorm that was brewing whilst we enjoyed our dinner.

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1  Thank TImeIsFleeting
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

This is a top pick in Frommer's. It looks rather run down when you walk in and I suspect that the outdoor area is a little more atmospheric. But it was by far the best wine list we encountered among the Lao restaurants we tried, which, frankly was one of the reasons we picked it, and a welcome change from the beer. The food was good, the service attentive and while the wine was more than half the bill, it made the meal a bargain. I am not sure this is the best Lao food we had but it is certainly a relaxed and pleasant place to eat which is almost as important.

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Thank Ellen R
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