Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane’s most popular, internationally recognized, up-scale and authentic Lao food restaurant, where both local and visiting diners bask in an ambience that flawlessly reincarnates the romantic and sophisticated atmosphere of early colonial French Indochina.
Kualao Restaurant is discretely, and conveniently, nestled on the corner of the city’s landmark That Dam Intersection, which is known for the famous ‘Black Shrine’ stupa that sits at the center of the nearby roundabout.
The restaurant is housed in a charmingly elegant, vintage villa that, until only decades ago, formed the residential estate of French colonial officials. The restaurant’s exterior epitomizes architecture ‘à la française’, invoking thoughts of the society parties, business deals and political intrigue that must have taken place there in the colonial era. The interior, however, whispers the soft Lao overtones of a traditional Southeast Asian interior. The distinctively patterned textiles, the rattan wall rendering, the discrete lighting, the traditionally glazed ceramic plates and the elegant golden cutlery is distinctly Lao and has been fused with modern, international essentials, such as a fully stocked wine cellar and an English language version of the menu.
Kualao Restaurant serves traditional Laos cuisine in a traditional atmosphere and decoration. The genuine period furniture and arrangements make for a charming atmosphere in which to appreciate Laos dishes such as som tam Laos, deep-fried fish, spring rolls, Laos sausage, and vegetables in fish sauce – all complemented by a decent wine list. Try a set menu if you are unfamiliar with Laos food, and if you are on nodding terms with the local cuisine venture into the a la carte choices served by staff in traditional costume.
Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
Location: 141 Samsenthai Road (Centrally Located).