Le Provencal French Restaurant in Vientiane

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Le Provencal French Restaurant
Le Provencal French Restaurant

Le Provencal is a longstanding French restaurant in Vientiane that is popular for tourists according to many Asia travel news. It serves delicious bistro-type food, along with more refined French cuisine, in a relaxed, farmhouse setting. All the classic French dishes can be found here including escargot, ratatouille and steak tartare. The daily plat-du-jour is also worth looking out for as you can sample a diverse selection of French fare at a discounted price. As well as a fairly substantive French menu, Le Provence also serves renowned wood-fired pizzas and thick-cut hearty bruschettas. It must be noted that the French wine selection here is excellent and even the house wines are magnificent.

Le Provencal French Restaurant
Le Provencal French Restaurant

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One of the several restaurants clustered around Nam Pu Square, the iconic fountain in the city centre, Le Provencal is in an easy-to-find location just a few blocks back from the river, and is easily walkable from anywhere in Vientiane. Although the exterior could do with a little sprucing up, the interior is far more appealing; its exposed brick-and-timber décor gives the restaurant a rustic charm reminiscent of a rural manor. In keeping with the theme, the furniture is a bit dated, as are the wall displays, and the most cutting-edge technology in the whole place seems to be the calculator on the bar.

Cakes at Le Provencal French Restaurant
Cakes at Le Provencal French Restaurant

There is no air-conditioning inside but there is an excess of fans, which perform the dual function of keeping the customers cool and blowing the delicious smells emanating from the wood-fired pizza oven throughout the restaurant. To add to the authenticity, the French owner is usually found at the bar, cigarette in mouth in true Gallic style.