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“Tim yum revisted”
Review of Tum Tum Cheng - CLOSED

Tum Tum Cheng
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Tim yum revisted”
Reviewed 8 February 2013

We found this place tucked well away from the hussle and bussle of the strip a few years ago and were please to see it was still there this year. Over the last week we have had a few disappointing but reasonably priced meals, some quite good, but wanted somewhere atmospheric for the last night with our daughter before she went back to her home in Thailand.
Now I know everyone goes on about it being pricey but taking the experience as a whole, it did not break the bank, was set in a charming quiet backstreet surrounded by greenery and monks bedding down for the night all around, and produced a change from the usual fried rice plus xxx and pad Thai. The chicken in lemongrass was a first for us, though the 'spicy' fried fish was a trifle unspicy but nicely presented.

I don't know what happened to the musical entertainment (there was none) but overall it was a pleasant evening, the service unrushed and the cycle back to our hotel refreshing in the cool evening air after 90 degree heat during the day.

Give it a try and consider what it would have cost you back home, not how many kip you spent.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank jeremyburtonReading
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Overpriced eatery for tourists”
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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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“To avoid”
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.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Campanu
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Chonburi, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“A Disappointment - Average At Best”
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!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank John W
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Santa Monica, California
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“OK FOOD, RATHER PRICEY”
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.

  • Visited October 2012
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