Very special food

We spent few days in Laos and we tried to eat typical Laotian food: laap, papaya salad, sticky rice, curry, baguettes, grilled fish stuffed with lemon grass etc. The taste of Laotian food is very good but nothing surprising. Taste is like a mix of Thai, Cambodian or in general South East Asian flavors. Visiting Manda de Laos made me change my opinion. The chef managed to add an interesting twist to typical dishes and create incredible combinations and still using local ingredients. The dessert we tried was western style but what can go wrong with banana, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. We ordered duck with tamarind sauce, Buffalo steak, steamed chicken hormok style, pate laotian. The crunchy rice coconut salad was definitely a highlight of the dinner. Everything was very tasty and well presented in bamboo baskets or wooden trays. The place is beautiful, tables around the pond, romantic lights the whole atmosphere feels very special. It’s for sure not a cheap eat, but the price is reasonable for very good quality food and quite generous portions.