The Apsara

This is often cited as the best restaurant in town and there is a fair amount of legitimacy behind that claim. The menu is not large but it is very well thought out and beautifully conceived at every level.

For a starter the cauliflower soup spiced with roast cumin is simply delicious in an understated way. For something really Lao go for the Luang Prabang buffalo sausages. For a main course try the braised river fish, or if you wish to try something completely left field abandon Asia altogether and try the Moroccan tagine of young goat served with couscous. The wine cellar is suitably impressive. The decor is muted but stylish with Lao silk offset by sparkling white tablecloths with dark-wood folding doors open to the Mekong. Portions are generous and staff is friendly. Apsara's quiet ambience is a lovely getaway from the din of Sisavangvong Road.