Tamarind: a taste of Laos

Come try the intriguing and fresh new tastes of Lao cuisine.

Try a sampling platter or create your own buffet of shared plates while our staff explain what you are eating and how to do so, Lao-style! You can choose from a range of truly authentic dishes: from a gentle introduction right through to a deeper exploration of the Lao palate!
Explore the cuisine even further by advance booking our celebrated “Adventurous Lao Gourmet”.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Set Dinner – An introduction to Lao Cuisine (Highlights from our a la carte menu)

  • Chunky bamboo and vegetable soup
  • Platter of Lao specialities, accompanied by sticky rice. Includes Luang Prabang sausage, dips, relishes (jeow) other local favourites a selection of Tamarind’s most popular menu items, and will be accompanied by detailed explanations of what the foods are and how to eat them.
  • Herbed fish steamed in banana leaf
  • Fragrant lemongrass stuffed with chicken
  • Stir fried young pumpkin with kaffir lime and ginger
  • Purple sticky rice dessert in coconut milk with tamarind sauce
  • Lao sweet confections
  • Lao coffee or tea
  • Welcome drink: infused Lao Lao shooter

Price: 240,000kip, serves 2 people

Lao Cuisine Explorer Set – Flavours to further challenge your palate

  • Welcome drink: infused lao lao shot.
  • Platter of Lao specialities, accompanied by sticky rice. Includes sa mak pi, spiced buffalo sausage, jeow mak khok and deep fried eggplant chips.
  • Orlarm Gai, local ‘stew’ with chicken, eggplant, chilli wood and local greens. Unusual.
  • Barbecue cured pork, skewers of soured pork wrapped in lemongrass.
  • Koy Pa, finely chopped fish laced with herbs.
  • Soop pak, a ‘salad’ of steamed local greens tossed with sesame seeds, ginger and chillies.
  • Dessert Degustation Platter including purple rice pudding, steamed pumpkin slice with coconut custard and a selection of Lao sweet treats.
  • Lao coffee or tea.

Price: 320,000 kip, serves 2 people

Tamarind’s Pun Pa – A Lao style feast

  • Welcome drink: infused lao lao shot.
  • Tasting platter of savoury Lao dips (jeow) to start.
  • A whole fish to share, marinated in herbs & stuffed with lemongrass, barbecued over charcoal.  A selection of noodles, vegetables, herbs & savoury sauce.
  • Make wraps of your chosen combinations as we explain Lao eating customs & talk about Lao cuisine.

Price: 250,000 kip, serves 2 people

(Please allow a little extra time – the fish is barbecued slowly over a low heat)

A degustation-style menu showcasing more unusual Lao foods: those served in local homes, from foods found only in local markets or foraged from the jungle.  Small servings of each dish & clear explanations of what they are and how Lao people would eat it will ensure a wide variety of tastes & textures, without a sore stomach. Tell us how game you are & we will adapt the experience to your taste.  Only for the most adventurous and inquisitive: not all dishes may be to your taste!

Price: 420,000 kip, serves 2 people (please book one day in advance)

Add a market tour the morning of your Adventurous Lao Gourmet meal.  Join chef Joy at dawn to pick your ingredients, choose cooking techniques & get to know what else is in the market. Additional $50, for 1-4 pax