Exquisite Lao cuisine in the heart of Hà Nội

June 04, 2023 - 10:08
If you're looking for the best Lao food in Hà Nội, make sure to check out the restaurants on our recommended list.

by Bảo Ngọc

The food of Laos is a representation of the country as a whole: untouched, intense, and unique. It is sometimes overshadowed by the more well-known cuisines of its neighbours (Thailand, Việt Nam and China), but its unique flavours are unforgettable.

If you're looking for the best Lao food in Hà Nội, make sure to check out the restaurants on our recommended list.

Khao Lao

Address: 1st floor, building M3 – M4, 91 Nguyễn Chí Thanh, Đống Đa District, Hà Nội

Opening time: 11:00 – 13:30, 18:00 – 21:00

Khao Lao is a popular choice among many excellent Lao eateries in Hà Nội.

The restaurant's design is one of a kind, fusing sophisticated and opulent elements with understated dark brown tones.

You may be taken aback by the restaurant's striking decor, which is inspired by Lao culture. The restaurant decorates several areas with eye-catching embellishments, making it great for photographs.

There are more than 50 options on the menu, ranging from appetisers to main courses, and they include aromatic herbs, rice, noodles, fish, chicken, beef, and pork.

Lao salad, vegetarian silkworms, tofu with tamarind sauce, Lao sticky rice and seafood dishes including pan-fried prawn vermicelli and mango salad with deep-fried fish are some of the restaurant's bestselling dishes.

Khao Lao's meals, made using Vietnamese ingredients, retain Lao essence to the pleasure of guests. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

However, when visiting Khao Lao, you shouldn't miss out on the seabass with three-spice sauce, duck larb, seafood spring rolls with durian sauce, or the suki hot pot.

Though prepared with Vietnamese ingredients, the dishes at Khao Lao nonetheless maintain the quality of Lao flavour, much to the delight of the diners.

Lào MeLao

Address: 296 Lê Trọng Tấn, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội

Opening hours: 9:00 – 23:00

Lào MeLao restaurant is another appealing option for those fascinated in knowing more about Lao cuisine.

This restaurant is famed for its refreshing beer, perfect for the scorching heat of summer. However, booze aside, the food here is also sure to please guests.

Lào MeLao's cooks have experience creating cuisine to complement Lao beer, ensuring that customers have a pleasant dining experience. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Lào MeLao is a hip hangout with plenty of room and a classic pub design. You'll get a warm and welcoming vibe here, with the decor reminiscent of Vietnamese bars.

The restaurant's chefs have extensive expertise crafting foods to go with Lao beer, guaranteeing an enjoyable dining experience for patrons. There's a story in every bite, and the way the flavours mingle in each dish is something to behold.

Lào Quán

Address: 59 Nguyễn Khánh Toàn, Dịch Vọng Ward, Cầu Giấy District, Hà Nội

Operating hours: 09:00 - 23:00

Even though it has only been open for a short time, Lào Quán has already made a lasting impression on lovers of authentic Lao cuisine.

Everything about the restaurant's cuisine, from the way it's processed to the products it uses, is infused with Lao culinary tradition. It's delicious and healthy as everything is made with all-natural ingredients and has no preservatives or additives.

Lào Quán's dish is blended with Lao culinary culture from preparation to ingredients. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Lào Quán's architecture also has a youthful and dynamic style, and the walls are decorated with many colours, with unique and eye-catching images. It is a smooth combination between the two cultures of Việt Nam and Laos, both familiar and new.

The menu is also extremely diverse, combining Vietnamese and Lao cuisine. The decoration is also inspired by Lao culinary culture. The dishes are served in bamboo trays, banana leaves and woven baskets, creating a feeling of closeness to nature.

The restaurant is a gastronomic heaven, with more than 50 different Lao dishes available. A wide variety of meals, from snacks like crispy yellow fish and green mango salad to main courses such as stir-fried noodles with chicken and mushrooms, mixed vermicelli, braised pork sticky rice, minced beef porridge, and fried rice with pickled vegetables.

Some of the restaurant's most popular dishes are Lao larb, duck larb, Tomyum soup, and rare roast beef. VNS