3 Nagas Restaurant, Luang Prabang
Tel: 856 71 253 750
Concierge.com's insider take:
Chef Yannick Upravan oversees four eateries inside Luang Prabang's old district, including the popular French restaurant L'Éléphant (Ban Vat Nong; 856-71-252-482). However, this bistro, occupying a classic colonial building at the 3 Nagas hotel, is the most satisfying. Ceiling fans, French doors, and potted plants supply colonial Asia atmosphere, while the kitchen delivers delicious, delightfully presented Lao favorites like saa moo, a minced pork and banana-flower salad, and aromatic euk kai saille katriem, grilled skewers of lemongrass-marinated chicken served with fresh cilantro, mint, and mountain-grown purple sticky rice. If there's a fault, it's that the small portions seem overpriced. —Updated by Christopher Cox
Open daily 6:30 am to 10:30 pm.