Sponsored: Visit Lao restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah for an authentic taste of Southeast Asia…

It may be a while until we’re collecting stamps in our passports again, but that doesn’t mean we can’t satisfy our wanderlust closer to home. If you’re hanging out for a trip to Southeast Asia, then a visit to Lao restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah will help cure that craving.

With its authentic menu of Southeast Asian specialities, ingredients flown in fresh from the Mekong Delta, and top chefs from Thailand and Vietnam, Lao brings all the vibrancy of Asia to your dinner table.

Lao chefs

Lao has recently expanded its mouthwatering menu to bring you the tastiest street foods and home-style dishes from a broad sweep of the region, including Thailand, Indonesia, China and Vietnam.

Lao’s new chef Kanchana Phayoongwong hails from Northeast Thailand, just a short hop from the Laos border, bringing her knack for balancing salty, sweet, spicy, sour and bitter flavours to the fore.

lao pad thai

Chef Kanchana’s signature dish is the classic pad Thai, a recipe she perfected while working at her aunt’s popular street-food-focused restaurant in Bangkok.

She joins chef Ma Binh Phu, who hails from Saigon. Known as Chef James, he specialises in aromatic Vietnamese cuisine, including Lao restaurant’s traditional beef pho. To make this clean, healthy soup, Chef James slow-cooks the beef broth overnight, imbuing it with the flavours of roasted ginger, shallot and cinnamon.

lao beef pho

Other must-try dishes on the revamped Lao menu include the Lao papaya salad, luscious massaman curry, steamed seabass with ginger and soy, the crispy garlic prawns, and the delicious Asian-style tuna tacos, garnished with spring onion, sesame seeds and wasabi mayo.

For a limited time only, you can experience the best of Lao in a special four-course menu. The meal includes papaya salad to start, followed by pho bo and a choice of Chinese kung pao chicken or Indonesian nasi goreng for mains. Your culinary journey across Southeast Asia ends with a satisfying dish of Thai coconut sticky rice with mango.


Settle into Lao’s beautiful dining room or alfresco terrace for the four-course feast, paired with a glass of wine, for Dhs249 per person. This exclusive dining experience is available until March 31, and the a la carte menu is also on offer.

Lao, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Mon to Sat 6.30pm to 10.30pm, four-course dinner with one glass of wine, Dhs249 per person. Tel: (04) 818 2222. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

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