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“Clearly an accomplished chef with superbly trained staff”

Kitchen by the Mekong
Ranked #141 of 203 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Cuisines: Asian, European
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: "Kitchen by the Mekong" restaurant is part of Xiengthong Palace, a unique hotel which used to be the residence of the Royalty of Laos. Located in the most tranquil area of Luang Prabang, beside the most revered Buddhist monastery and once the royal temple Wat Xiengthong and facing the Great Mekong River, it is an ideal choice for the intelligent travelers to stay and enjoy the finest dining experience. In addition to being probably the best located and best designed restaurant in Luang Prabang, “Kitchen by the Mekong” offers a unique opportunity to experience a wide selection of the finest and authentic dining from different cuisines including Laotian and a wide range of excellent wine to choose from.
Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Clearly an accomplished chef with superbly trained staff”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

I had not read any reviews but chose this restaurant because of the wonderful location on a quiet part of the Mekong in Luang Prabang. I had only been looking for a light snack and drink but after savouring the exquistely prepared and served entree and wine, it was too hard to leave. The service by the expertly trained waitor, Teryang, a young Hmong man with a lovely manner, was excellent. The lighting and decor all added to the wonderful ambience, amidst the aged frangipani trees. I loved the asian/european fusion menu designed by the Sri Lankan chef.The food was served with complimentary hand made breads and the wine selection was very pleasing. I had eaten at the better known restaurants in L.P. but found this one so much much quieter with more personal service.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Trying hard but fails on most counts”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

We were attracted by some Tripadvisor reviews that suggested that this restaurant was under-rated. We don't agree as we believe it was below par! The location is great, the tables were beautifully set, the cutlery elegant, attractive table runners (though ours had food stains), diners were few and far apart, giving the impression of an almost deserted restaurant. An over attentive staff hovered. The relatively highly priced food was poor, nothing special, no interesting flavours, nothing creative, no depth of flavour. In short the cuisine was of a standard that would be served in most "run-of-the-mill" restaurants. To top it off I was taken aback at what seemed to be a jump in the anticipated total bill. Upon close examination I found that while the menu quoted the individual menu prices in KIP, the total bill was quoted in US$ and then converted back to KIP. I wondered about the conversion rates used but by the had no way of checking any costs. It seems that the main reason that the bill seemed so much higher than I had expected was that percentages were added to the quoted prices for tax, and also for service. The basis of charges were anything but transparent in my view. All in all a very disappointing meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 26 July 2013 via mobile

We have been here several times, really enjoy the Great food selection. Located next to the mekong very quite location
Good steaks and wine
Visit you will not be disappointed. Hope this helps cheers phil

  • Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Best Hidden Secret in Luang Prabang”
Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

This was our best meal yet in our travels throughout Southeast Asia.

We arrived in Luang Prabang and was quickly directed to the mainstay restaurants (Tamarind, Elephant, etc) that have owned the restaurant scene for years. Because the Kitchen by Mekong is 1.5 years old and hidden near where the rivers come together, it doesn't have the visibility that's needed to prompt the volume of reviews to put it at top of TripAdvisor.

If you want standard Lao food, then go to Tamarind. But if you want Lao food with a creative twist, Kitchen by Mekong will amaze you. Expensive for Lao standards, but a bargain for us in the US. Traditional Lao menu: Appetizers $5 USD; Entrees $11 USD; Cocktail $7 USD; Dessert $4 USD. Note: Westernize menu available at double the price, but you'd be foolish if you didn't eat local.

More big pluses: A/C for inside seating -- something you can't find anywhere in Luang Prabang on those balmy nights; large cloth napkins -- sorry tired of skimpy paper; attentive and friendly service; toilet with fresh linens and strong cocktails -- yes!; personable chef

We ate here since our hotel (Mekong Riverview Hotel) was a couple doors down and we were simply tired of Lao food. Our meal at Tamarind made us wanting more, perhaps it was their murky bamboo soup that left me thinking I was eating a bowl full of the muddy Mekong River.

So we tried the Kitchen by Mekong as a chance given its low ranking. Glad we did since we're leaving Luang Prabang extremely satisfied -- its a gem waiting to be discovered. And don't let the empty tables fool you since we dined with only one other table that night and felt like we were kings.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Hans M
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Manchester
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“Excellent, interesting Lao fusion food”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

My group of 13 diners were treated to a set 'tasting' meal. The food was most varied and full of delicious, interesting flavours not experienced before, not all to everyone's taste but not to be missed nevertheless. The chef was clearly very accomplished and was a real character who made the effort to chat to all tables - most amusing and a refreshing change to be able to talk about the dishes. Lao beer was the choice of our liquid refreshment as wine was expensive - as usual throughout Laos! The outside dining terrace overlooks the Mekong and was a most romantic setting.Highly recommended!!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Johnson11Manchester
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