No address; East side of Nam Khan River, accessible via a bamboo bridge off Kingkitsarath Road near Wat Siphoutthabath, Luang Prabang, Laos
Facebook: Dyen Sabai
+856 20 55 104 817 (phone)
Date: Lunch on March 8, 2014
The Good: Everything. Great selection of ingredients in the Lao BBQ, clean bathrooms, beautiful venue and atmosphere.
The Bad: A little more expensive than the equivalent meal elsewhere in Luang Prabang, but the quality was better.
My menu: Fresh spring rolls, Lao BBQ with chicken for two, a big beer, and two happy hour cocktails (gin slings – delicious!)
What I paid: About the equivalent of $12 USD.
Value? Quite a value. I was satisfied and full for hours afterwards.
Dine-again status: Yes!
The Story: Dyen Sabai is a bit out of the way, relative to where most of the action is in Luang Prabang. But it’s actually really easy to get to: Cross the bamboo bridge for about 25 cents (USD), climb a short hill, turn left.
Once you arrive, it’s worth any hassle you may have had getting there. The restaurant is actually pretty large, with several levels and little private covered decks. We didn’t think about what we wanted to eat beforehand, but when we arrived and saw they specialized in Lao BBQ, we couldn’t resist. I’m glad we made that decision!
Lao BBQ is essentially a smaller version of Mongolian BBQ where everything is served raw and you cook it yourself on a grated dome over flaming charcoal. It’s pretty popular and common in Luang Prabang, but having tried it at least two other places, Dyen Sabai is the clear master at this menu item.
We received a nice variety of noodles, vegetables, mushrooms, and even two eggs to add to the broth. An order for two was more than enough for lunch!
If I lived in Luang Prabang, I would eat here at least once a week!