Fodor's Expert Review Khop Chai Deu
A popular downtown restaurant and bar inside a French colonial structure, this is an excellent stop for happy-hour cocktails or dinner. Lao, Asian, and international dishes are prepared, and there's a buffet. For a tasty introduction to traditional Lao cuisine, try the Lao Discovery, a set menu including larb, a semi-spicy salad; tom yum, a sour chili-and-lemongrass fish soup; khao niaw, Lao sticky rice; and a glass of lao-lao (rice whisky). Draft beer is on tap, musicians play nightly in the bar, and the kitchen is open until 11 pm.
54 Setthathirat Rd.