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“Great creative food!”

the balcony by Lanith
Ranked #76 of 208 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Price range: US$7 - US$25
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Dear Customers The Balcony restaurant is CLOSED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES at the moment - thank you all so much for your support. Our training centre is in full time training - for information on the Lanith Passport to Success training program please contact the email address shown A RESTAURANT WITH A CAUSE! The Balcony is a restaurant with a cause. As a social enterprise all of our profits are reinvested into community development by providing access to international standard food and beverage skills training for young Laotians aspiring for a career in the dynamic hospitality and tourism industry. Exposure to a real life culinary environment, coupled with rigorous classroom learning is the backdrop for changing lives. As Laos' leading provider of hospitality and tourism education and training, the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) has operated the Balcony since 2013 as a training restaurant. All staff have been certified by Lanith to deliver service on an international level. These highly motivated locals are eager to exceed your expectations by focusing on every detail and to ensure an unforgettable dining experience. We are just minutes from downtown Luang Prabang, but light years from the tourist hordes. Step into the Balcony's spacious restaurant just moments away from Laos' ancient capital and make yourself comfortable overlooking Nam Dong river and the mountain panorama. Come join us for a memorable dining experience or stay in one of our four guest rooms and help us to make a difference in the local community. Our menu mainstays include signature seasonal dishes based on local ingredients some grown in our herb garden. We also offer a vast line up of top-shelf cocktails and a growing wine list. We pride ourselves on delivering top quality service and train our staff, from waiters to cooks, through our award-winning Passport to Success industry training programme. Come and stay with us! We offer four guest rooms and we also have a meeting room facility. The Balcony is open during the tourism high season from September until April. From May to August we do open for bookings with a minimum of five people - just phone the day before. WE PROVIDE FREE TRANSPORT!
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Loved the place like everyone else...food is truly amazing. Service will gain self confidence as they train which is the whole idea of the place.

Addendum to a previous post: They do accept credit cards now as we were told...

Thank Georg H
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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear customer,

thank you for your support and for your nice review, and we wish to see you back in Luang Prabang soon!

All the best!
Veronica Heintz

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Booked a table at this restaurant on a recent trip to Luang Prabang. To be sure it's more of a fine dinning option in the area, so it's a good option if you're looking for a little bit of a departure from the standard fare (which is delicious in and of itself).
It's just outside the main part of town where we were staying but the restaurant sent a vehicle to our hotel to fetch us which I thought was a good touch. This appears to be standard practice if it's so desired.

We were greeted warmly upon arrival and shown to our table while our hostess made her way over to make menu suggestions.
It's a fusion of cuisines with a French flair and dishes are presented almost theatrically but all the ceremony is worth it as the plates are imaginative and quite tasty. Most of the portion sizes seemed fairly adequate though the salmon dish was a bit of on the smaller size.

Overall it was pretty enjoyable experience. The one drawback I found a bit odd was that they didn't accept credit cards for a restaurant its caliber (others less fancy in town did). As such you may want to plan accordingly.

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1  Thank yappingwithyomi
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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear valued customer,

thank you for your review and we are happy that you liked our restaurant.

I would like to mention that we are a Training restaurant, we train young Lao people to be waiters and cooks with a high standards. This is one of the main reasons why we do not have a Credit Card Reader yet, as we are a project and not a regular restaurant.

Thank you again for your comment.

Regards,
Veronica Heintz

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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I was actually on mission to visit the Balcony to discover the training quality that the Lao staff had undergone. Veronica and Chef Pit was on their holiday in Vangvieng on that day and the Balcony was run by the young Lao team. On my arrival to the main entrance of the Balcony, there was a sign posted at the door "Welcome Mr. Inthasone" which makes me feel like a VIP guest. Christmas, the potential future Balcony Manager met me at the door calling my name with a great smile leading me to my room. The room was clean and tidy with a big balcony looking towards the garden and creek. Beautiful scene so I kept the door open for the whole night.

I visited the kitchen and talked to the young Lao potential famous chefs. One boy and four girls, well dressed in Chef's outfit, very clean and tidy kitchen indeed and very professional. I requested for the best menu they could offer and they advice me the set menu. To my surprise, I was served with a welcoming starter "Present of Balcony" followed by Rosita Rice and Buffalo Cheek. This was the first experience to have such tasty European food "made in Laos" by young Lao Chefs from Lao buffalo! The taste of each dish is remarkable and at lot better than many five stars hotel in Thailand that I have stayed. It has a unique taste. The desert was also delicious and lots of chocolate. The cocktails were as good as any other cocktail bar. The breakfasts at the balcony of the room were very well prepared as well. This was a memorable visit for me and will share my experience with all my friends.

Congratulations to Christmas and all his team mates, who for the first time to run the Balcony bar by themselves and allow Veronica and Pit to have a nice break in Vangvieng. Hope to see you and your team take over the Balcony Bar in the near future when the project comes to an end.

Congratulations to Veronica and Pit as well. You have done a great job just in a short time period. You now have the true followers who will be following your footsteps. Wish you all the best and success in your life.

Thank you very much for your hospitality!

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1  Thank Inthasone P
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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2014

Dear valued Guest,

we are very happy to see that you liked the balcony and the whole Lanith concept!

The team says thank you for this fabulous review!

All the best
Veronica Heintz

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Reviewed 20 March 2014

What a little treasure this place is. If you are craving a little 5 star experience then this is it. The food was prepared with love and an expert hand. The flavours were well balanced and popped in your mouth. This place only leaves you wanting more. The menu was simple but executed perfectly. A highlight being the chorizos sausage dumpling. Make sure you leave room for dessert, you won't be disappointed. The cocktail list is also fun, a bit left of centre which I loved. I had the mango sangria. This dinner was only made better by being picked up and dropped off by the shuttle service - run by the restaurant. Note this restaurant doesn't take cards so make sure you take enough cash. Not expensive compared to western standards. We spent about 800000 kip which included 4 cocktails and a 4 course meal x 2 people.

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Thank pickledpenguin83
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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear valued guest,

We are pleased to read that you have enjoyed your dinner and our cocktails, especially the Mango Sangria!

Thank you for this wonderful review!

Regards,
Veronica

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Someone said yes. Someone said no. But someone we trusted said yes, so we went. And the vehicle picked us up in old Luang Prabang and drove us out to heaven knows where - for a totally unforgettable experience. Delectable haute cuisine in a beautiful environment served by beautiful Lao waiters under the supervision of Luxembourg chef and manager. The food was sublime and creative. The waiting staff were impeccably and chicly attired. The whole experience was beyond what we had expected when we arrived in Luang Prabang a few days ago. Anyone who doesn't give themselves this experience needs their head testing!

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Thank IntrepidHector
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thebalconyLPQ, Manager at the balcony by Lanith, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2014

Dear valued Guest,

thank you for this lovely review, we appreciate very much! The team is very happy that we were able to exceed your expectations.

We are looking forward to meet you in LPQ once again.

Best Regards,
Veronica

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