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“Excellent food and service!”
Review of Manda de Laos

Manda de Laos
Ranked #16 of 233 Restaurants in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$25
Description: MANDA de LAOS feature signature Laotian Family Cuisine specialty from all regions of Laos. Dine under the stars surrounded by a UNESCO classified lotus pond, immerse in a tropical ambiance. At sunset time sip a signature cocktail while watching the magic changing colors in the sky.
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Description: MANDA de LAOS feature signature Laotian Family Cuisine specialty from all regions of Laos. Dine under the stars surrounded by a UNESCO classified lotus pond, immerse in a tropical ambiance. At sunset time sip a signature cocktail while watching the magic changing colors in the sky.
Reviewed 29 June 2018

This is a must do if you are in Luang Prabang. The restaurant is tucked away off the main road, just outside the main area. But its so worth the experience into a Loas cuisine with a twit.

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

I visited Manda De Laos. The service staff was excellent and ambience amazing. Perhaps i wasnt accustomed to the food but having tried some other local restaurants, my expectations were not met. The set dinner degustation menu felt commercial and nothing really stood out for the price paid. The Laojito had very little vodka and lacks standard cocktail skills.
For a romantic dinner, this stands as a good place but for quality food, there are better elsewhere.

Thank nontiscordar
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Dine here on our first night in Luang Prabang and were not disappointed. Everything was tasty especially the laotian sausages and banana flower salad. Service was friendly but not obtrusive. However the star of the show has to be the Unesco classified lily ponds next to the restaurants. Didn't realized that lilies bloom when the temperature cools down. It was such a joy and wonder to see the flowers slowly opening as the evening progresses. So a good tip is to arrive at sunset and make sure you get a table next to the lily ponds.

Thank Mei W
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

The setting for this restaurant is every bit as wonderful as all the other reviewers have reported. The decor and the lotus pond are indeed fabulous. The restaurant is also very attractive, but VERY expensive. Staff are a bit snooty as well. One lady was only interested to know where we were staying (no other question); it was as if she was sizing us up to see if we could afford their prices or if we were in a class suitable to dine in their up-scale restaurant. When we only ordered drinks, the staff seemed uninterested in serving us after. We were left trying to attract the attention of waiters to get the bill while FOUR waiters hovered over another couple who were spending on a full meal. My suggestion: the place is definitely worth seeing, so drop by for a coffee or drink and order food elsewhere. You can get the same food (maybe even better quality) for a fraction the price at other places in the city. Of course, if you want the full effect of the wonderful setting and good presentation of food, and if you're willing to pay for it, an evening meal there is perhaps worth a splurge.

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Thank Raintree_Thailand
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I chose to go to this restaurant for our one off, expensive meal, treat during the trip. The ambience was stunning and a perfect environment for a romantic meal. The food, however, was really disappointing, thus making the experience quite a let down overall. We ordered the papaya salad with melted pork for the starter. The melted pork was incredible, however the papaya salad was sweet and lacked any real authentic flavour - I.e. it didn't have the contrasting sour flavour and had no spice whatsoever. For the main we ordered the steamed mekong fish with steamed vegetables and tangy, crispy roast duck. My husband rated the crispy duck quite highly, but the steamed fish was, again, a disappointment. The fish itself was lacking flavour, along with the accompanying dips. We gave this feedback to our very attentive, lovely waiter. He admitted flavours were purposely toned down to suit European tastes. This is such a shame since that's what Laos cuisine is all about. So overall a disappoint, especially as the prices are at the higher end of the spectrum.

Thank jsercx
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Ambroise S, Manager at Manda de Laos, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

Dear jsercx,

Thank you very much for choosing Manda de Laos for your special night during your holidays. We are really happy to see that you loved the environment as well as the ambience of our restaurant.

Unfortunately I am sorry to read that some of our dishes didn't meet your expectations and particularly because of the lack of spices.
Indeed, it is true that we consciously adjusted some of our recipes to the western taste. Moreover, this adjustment had been made about the quantity of chili contained in some courses only. Otherwise I can guarantee you that our guest, as just as you, wouldn't be able to eat the lao cuisine while it is extremely spicy. At Manda de Laos, we carry on the traditions and spirit of the cuisine of the owner's mother who learnt the laotian cuisine form her mother. This is why we use in all our dishes a great quantity of different herbs and other spicies.

It would be a pleasure to welcome you back at Manda de Laos and in this way spend a great time with you in teaching you the origin of our cuisine and its particularities.

Best regards,

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