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Harden's says

In another successful transition from pop-up to permanent, Lao Cafe (from the Rosa's Thai Cafe people) has landed in Covent Garden, following the popularity of its temporary home in Victoria last year.

survey result

Summary

£36
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2
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Excellent Laotian food” wins praise for this handily located small fixture, off Trafalgar Square (near ENO). “I’ve never had this cuisine before but it was excellent!”

Summary

£39
    £
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A funky little joint”, off Trafalgar Square and “very convenient for the Coliseum”, which was opened a couple of years ago by one of the founders of Rosa’s Thai; and which specialises in the cuisine of neighbouring Laos. “Lots of dishes seem novel, it’s certainly not like your average Thai, and the menu includes a selection of bugs! (actually quite tasty!!)”. The odd Asian food connoisseur feels it falls short (“having travelled in Laos, I found it expensive and rather disappointing”) but on most accounts it’s “excellent” for a “cheap ’n’ cheerful” bite.

Summary

£39
    £
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A funky little joint”, off Trafalgar Square and “very convenient for the Coliseum”, which was opened a couple of years ago by one of the founders of Rosa’s Thai; and which specialises in the cuisine of neighbouring Laos. “Lots of dishes seem novel, it’s certainly not like your average Thai, and the menu includes a selection of bugs! (actually quite tasty!!)”. The odd Asian food connoisseur feels it falls short (“having travelled in Laos, I found it expensive and rather disappointing”) but on most accounts it’s “excellent” for a “cheap ’n’ cheerful” bite.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.50 £13.80 £6.50 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £14.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.50%
60 Chandos Place, London, WC2N 4HG
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑10 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10 pm

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