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Le Silapa, Vientiane

17/1 Sihom Road
Tel: 856 21 219 689's insider take:

Sick of noodles and fried rice? Try this French-Canadian restaurant, which could hold its own in Paris. Main courses include tian of duck foie gras with cajun-pepper pineapple jam and ginger bread, tilapia with lemon butter and capers, and scallop carpaccio with mango emulsion; you can wipe your plate clean with the excellent French bread. For dessert, try the crème brûlée. One rarely feels virtuous after eating butter-laden cuisine, but since a chunk of Le Silapa's profits support a medical fund for disadvantaged children, you can gorge without guilt. And be sure to order a bottle or two from the excellent—and incredibly cheap—wine list.

Open daily 11:30 am to 2 pm and 6:00 to 10:00 pm, August through June; also closed one week in April for Lao New Year.

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