I was told about Makphat by colleagues in Vientiane, and lucky for me, it was just around the corner from my hotel!
This is a unique restaurant and shop, as it takes kids off the street and teaches them how to cook. The ‘teachers’ educate the students on running a restaurant, serving, etc. as a solution to youth poverty.
When my friends and first arrived, we had a lovely ‘teacher’ server and he spoke very good English. I explained that I could not have bread, or breadcrumbs, wheat flour or soy sauce. He very patiently explained several dishes to me. In the end I opted for the Curried Mushroom & Coconut with rice noodles and Chicken Curry with Pumpkin and Mushrooms (without chicken). The curry came with some rice too. I would recommend ordering half portions as these alone were huge!!
The food and drinks were delicious. Just looking at the menu proves it will be a worthwhile dining experience.
Here is the orange and mango freeze and the hibiscus and lime freeze (both alcohol free).
For more information, or if you would like to make a reservation (highly recommended) check out this link.