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“Overpriced eatery for tourists”
Review of Tum Tum Cheng - CLOSED

Tum Tum Cheng
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 14 January 2013 via mobile

First of all the staff was friendly and the setting was a nice open air terrace. The food was obviously made milder for tourists which to me means less flavour. The dishes were a little pricey for what you get too. Next time i stick to eating street food on the street. We had rice soup, khau soi and a water cress salad. The fruit shakes were fresh and delicious.

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Thank xglenx31
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We have been to this place in several occasions on our visits to Luang Prabang. The problem is the lack of consistency. Service is sometimes just OK, others simply non-existant. That's very bad, considering the food is simply average and the prices are really high for what you get. Don't get me wrong, food is better than in the street vendors by the night market, of course, but it is much more expensive, even more than other nice restaurants.

It looks lovely, with that old feeling of relaxed Lao places, but that's simply it. Sometimes you get it right, others you don't get napkins, the order comes wrong, there is no waiter, etc... and when you think you are paying same price than in other places, forget about coming back.

I would not recommend this place, there are many other good options in town at same or lower prices with a much better service.

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Thank Campanu
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

Saw this place in a Lonely Planet guidebook and decided three of us would have a late lunch. The setting is nice with old photos of old Laos and the dining area has a nice feel.

The food however is overpriced and just ok. The waiter heralded a local dish of beef jerky, rice cake, sausage, river vegetable with sesame seeds with a dip which included buffalo skin. The only ingredients with any taste were the sausage and rice cake---for 145,000 kip or 18USD, it was a waste and priced to excess. Another dish was a beef curry which tasted pretty good but the beef (according to the waiter, not buffalo but real good beef) was stringy and tasteless. A side order of sticky rice for each of us was hard and undercooked.

A papaya salad for two of us was just so so and a stir fried cabbage was ok. We had 3 Laos beer big boys and as well as one water. All this was almost 500,000 kip or 50 USD and was the highest priced and least satisfying meal we had in Luang Prabang

Oh, and there were a lot of flies!

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Thank John W
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

The setting was nice enough and service was very good. The food was good but for the price there was lots to be desired! If you know anything about real Lao food you probably won't be impressed. And to top things off, they don't even take credit cards; most places in Luang Prabang do. It was sweltering inside the place due to lack of air circulation. They had fans but they didn't keep the mosquitos away! We basically had to scarf down our meals and get out of there before we were eaten alive. You'll be much happier at Tamarind or at Tamnak Lao.

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2  Thank UStrvllr
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

We took the cooking class at Tum Tum Cheng and enjoyed it. The best part of the class was the market tour in the morning. Our guide explained what everything was, how it is used, and gave us samples of some things. We had 5 people in our class so we each picked one dish to make. Our instructor added two more dishes of her own and helped us pick a diverse and well-rounded meal. She also gave us a very good introduction to ingredients and their preparation and Lao culture.

The class itself was mostly a demonstration of Lao cooking. We helped, but most of the ingredients were prepared already and all the cooking was family-style so we made one big dish for the 5 of us. I was hoping for something a bit more hands-on, but they gave us a very thorough cookbook and when my friend and I tried to repeat the recipes at home, they came out great!

The class was a good introduction to Lao cooking and the food was delicious!

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Thank vickilee24
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