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Ban Vilaylac Restaurant

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off Th Chao Anou | city centre, Vientiane, Laos
+856 21 222 049
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've eaten here four evenings in a row during my stay in Vientiane. I started with fried spring rolls followed by ginger pork with steamed rice. The next evening I had to order the spring rolls again - very delicious - and got some chicken as a main dish. Normally the restaurant stays closed on Sundays but because many people... More 

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Thank Patrik W
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I live in Vientiane and this has become our go-to spot for a pleasant and tasty meal. It's centrally located in the heart of town yet on a side street so it's fairly quiet and away from traffic. This place has a huge menu covering all the basic Lao and Thai favorites. I suppose I should also... More 

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Thank Ryan C
Manchester, United Kingdom
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157 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

The owner of this place speaks good English and she welcomed us in straight away with a smile. A previous reviewer complained of wet dog smell, this would be became there are two dogs in the restaurant which are the owners pets and as we love dogs, she introduced them to us. The restaurant is clean and comfortable and the... More 

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Thank kirsteen j
Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

We were enticed in by the very friendly owner. She spoke to us with a big smile and explained the different dishes. We'd visited Lao before, and really wanted Larb. We were surprised to be offered every kind imaginable: mushroom larb, cauliflower and brocolli larb, bamboo shoot larb, as well as the usuals like fish, chicken, pork. The mushroom one... More 

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Thank WanderingSimon
Tweed Heads, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

It can be surprisingly hard to find great Lao food in the tourist area of Vientiane. This restaurant is the one we keep coming back to. Lovely, friendly owner who really cares about her food - she does everything, cooking and serving, so don't expect the food to be too fast but it is definitely worth the wait. She makes... More 

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Thank hillslikeelephants26
Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting Ban Vilaylac regularly in past two years and I've never been disappointed. Food is delicious! My favourite dishes are spicy eggplant salad with brown sticky rice, mushroom tom yam soup, fried yellow noodles with veggies and tofu, and steamed tilapia fish with veggies. Just forget the extensive menu and ask the owner (who is always there... More 

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Thank Ka1sus
Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

Menu is with so many items that we needed a lot of time to study it. The owner was willing to make less spicy food per request. Nice ambiance on a not so busy road. Unfortunately, the food was not really tasty. There was nothing wrong with it, it just simply did not taste delicious. I could eat here again... More 

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Thank Lillemusen
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2015 via mobile

It's a little hidden from the main drags but it's worth looking for it. The owner will personally take your order and will suggest some items without being pushy. I got a yellow chicken curry on my last night in Vientiane and I'm still dreaming about it!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

They have a huge menu of Laotian, Thai and other Asian food including a lot of the classics and a few new things (to me). My Lao fish yellow curry was tasty and a good portion. They asked how much chilli I wanted and got it about right. I liked that the staff gave recommendations and said when our choices... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This restaurant has been around for a long time and doesn't seem to draw in the crowds that it should. I live in Vientiane and this is one of my "go to's". The food is a little pricier than most casual downtown eateries, but the quality is definitely higher than most. If you are craving some delicious thai food in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: off Th Chao Anou | city centre, Vientiane, Laos
  • Location: Asia  >  Laos  >  Vientiane Province  >  Vientiane
  • Phone Number: +856 21 222 049

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?