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“Small two level restaurant with simple dance show”
Review of Sonphao

Sonphao
Ranked #47 of 219 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Price range: US$3 - US$15
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Sonphao restaurant in front of Choumkhong temple specializes in Laotian and Japanese food. They also offer daily cultural dinner show.(Admission Fee : 40,000k)
Reviewed 15 June 2014

This restaurant is owned and run by a Japanese guy. We actually had Lao food there and it was pretty decent.
But what made us choose this place was our resort said it was one option so see some Lao traditional dance, since the one at the museum does not run during May.
The 3 young ladies were a bit shy, and had trouble hiding smiles on occasion, but they danced well enough with costume changes to reflect the three main people groups of the region.
The accompanying musicians were good.
At the modest prices charged for Lao, it was a pleasant evening.
Being a small place, it was quite intimate, only seats around 25 - 30, and we were front row of just 6 guests.

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Thank MethuselahNz
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We happened by this show/restaurant as we were strolling around Luang Prabang and were interested in what was being offered. Overall it was a good experience, but it wasn't something that stands out. It was fun to have the show and dinner together. We ordered a Lao set and a separate dish. The food was ok, but nothing to distinguish it and the cost was more than you'd find for the same fare at nearby places. The staff were helpful and chatty.

One thing that could help is to figure out the flying insect situation. The windows are open and the show is at night, so the lights pull in all sorts of flying insects. This is part of the area, I understand. The unfortunate aspect is the fans, flying insects and lights at night mean the patrons sometimes get a bug shower with their dinner. Maybe some screens on a few of the windows could help minimize this?

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Thank wegotlost
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

At Sonphao, you can eat downstairs in the nice old converted mansion, or dine upstairs on a package deal that includes a floor show. As we just happened by, and upstairs was booked out, we sat downstairs and got the floor show indirectly.

We had the Japanese Set and the Lao Set, and both were good but unexceptional, as, judging by what we heard, was the floor show. The food was good enough to justify the midrange price, but the service staff seemed mainly concerned with the large party upstairs, so we were often abandoned.

I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here, but if you're wandering by, there are far worse options.

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Thank Bima77
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

we visited this restaurant expecting a good meal. we received so much more...not only in delighfully tasty and healthy food but also in the friendly and gracious service by the owner and his wife, their generosity to us and other guests in complimentary food was extraordinary. The restaurant offers genuine ethnic dancing to see accompanied by a very engaging group of musicians playing authentic instruments. This restaurant visit was a highlight of our great visit to Luang Prabang.

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Thank vici t
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

During our time in Thailand we sampled several meal-show combinations and this was the best by far. The experience started with an excellent welcome by the owner who spent all of the time we were there ensuring we had a good time- explaining the various delicious dishes as we eat. Whilst the eating area was relatively small this only added to the intimate atmosphere and the music/ dancing of the display group was superb and more friendly that the others we'd sampled. A the end of the show the dance group presented each of us with a lovely orchid flower.

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Thank BobBonHere
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