I visit Lao Garden every week to devour their authentic Laotian food, but the menu also features tasty Isaan cuisine and Vietnamese hot pot. Expect speedy service, a cool atmosphere and top dishes - here’s why Lao Garden is one of my favourite Bangkok restaurants. 
 

 

The Atmosphere 


Lao Garden is located next to Habito Mall in On Nut, which is surrounded by trees and set near a small canal. The green backdrop transports you away from the chaos of Bangkok and in the evenings, decorative lights create a cosy, intimate dining experience. Lao Garden a great place to enjoy some low-key beers and delicious food with your friends. 
 

Lao Garden Atmosphere

Lao Garden, surrounded by greens and located near a canal
 

Lao Garden Impression

Lao Garden during day time

 

The Food


The menu at Lao Garden is quite extensive with all sorts of Laotian and Isaan options. You can order the usual local suspects such as the Pad Thai (120 THB), Som Tam Thai Style (70 THB), Laab Kai (100 THB), Pad Kra Pao (120 THB) and Deep-Fried Pork (120). The grilled meats served with JAEW sauce are incredibly tasty too. My personal favorites are the Grilled Beef with JAEW Sauce (150 THB) and the Grilled Chicken with JAEW Sauce (110 THB). 

 

Pad Thai with Shrimps

Pad Thai (120 THB)
 

Som Tam Lao Style

Som Tam Thai Style (70 THB)
 

Laab Kai

Laab Kai (100 THB)
 

Pad Khra Pao Kai

Pad Kra Pao (120 THB)
 

Deep-fried Pork

Deep-fried Pork (120 THB)
 

Grilled Beef with JAEW Sauce

Grilled Beef with JAEW Sauce (150 THB)
 

Grilled Chicken with JAEW Sauce

Grilled Chicken with JAEW Sauce (120 THB)


Lao Garden also has some specialties that you won’t find anywhere else. One of their unique dishes is the Spicy Hot Pot (300 THB). This soup is served in a clay pot and is packed with herbs. Adding veggies, meat and seafood enhances the soup’s flavour. The Hot Pot is one of the most popular meals you can order at Lao Garden.  
 

Thai Hot Pot

Hot Pot with a mix of seafood and meat (300 THB)


Another noteworthy dish is the Nam Nhen (250 THB), which has Vietnamese origins. Nam Nhen is a plate full of chopped ingredients: raw banana, raw mango, cucumber, chili, garlic, Vietnamese sausage and a handful of herbs and lettuce leaves. First you soak some rice paper in water until softened and then add ingredients to suit your tastes. Finally, add some sweetened sauce and wrap the folded rice paper package up with one of the lettuce leaves. The results: one big taste explosion! 
 

Nam Nhen

Nam Nhen (250 THB)

 

Recently, Lao Garden added burgers to their menu. Personally, I haven’t had any desire to try them because their Laotian and Thai food is so delicious and satisfying. 



Overall verdict: Lao Garden is one my favourite local restaurants in Bangkok as it has a huge range of quality dishes which are all reasonably-priced. I love the laid-back atmosphere, which is perfect for  a quick bite or for hanging out all evening with friends, enjoying ice-cold beers. 



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Lao Garden


Price: 60 - 250 THB
Food: Lao & Thai Specialties
 


 

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