Kualao Restaurant

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Kualao Restaurant
Kualao Restaurant

Kualao Restaurant is Vientiane’s most popular, internationally recognized, up-scale and authentic Laos 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 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.

Kualao Restaurant
Kualao Restaurant

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.

The harmonious blend of East and West is typified by the beautiful female hostesses in their traditional, multi-colored Lao Sinh skirts and the male ‘garçons’ in their formal, western-style black trousers, white shirts and bow ties.

Kualao Restaurant
Kualao Restaurant

In its days as a prominent colonial estate, the Kualao building played host to Vientiane’s elite society. Now, as Vientiane’s most prestigious Lao restaurant, it is still the perfect place to meet, relax, enjoy sumptuous food and impeccable service and be captivated by enchanting Laos entertainment.

Kualao is a long established restaurant in the centre of Vientiane, famous for both the quality of its food as well as its stunning appearance. Set in a classic yellow-washed colonial mansion, Kualao is one of the most easily recognisable restaurants in the capital.

The quintessentially Laotian theme hasn’t been spared for the exterior; everything from the attire of the servers to the decor – as well as a daily performance from the National Dance Troupe – all makes Kualao feel a bit like a Laos tourism promo-op. The menu is full of big flavours and exotic colours, with the likes of Som Tam (papaya salad), deep-fried Mekong River fish, spring rolls, and handmade Laotian sausage all topping the list of recommendations. Try to arrive early or call in advance (and ask to be seated near the dance show) to avoid disappointment.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:30
  • Location: 141 Samsenthai Road (Centrally Located)
  • Tel: 856-21 215 777
  • Price Range: Moderate

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