L’Elephant Vert Restaurant, Luang Prabang, Laos
Cody and I were not expecting to find a raw vegan restaurant in Laos, but we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Luang Prabang, especially after 3 days on a slow boat.
Diana Von Cranach of Puri Ganesha Villas in Bali, together with the owners of L’ELEPHANT RESTAURANT in Luang Prabang, opened the first ethno-botanical “living” cuisine restaurant in South East Asia.
Their focus was to open a restaurant with a menu concentrating solely on the botanical aspect of local food.
And is the food ever beautiful.
When we arrived we were under the impression that we would be choosing from a menu but there was a set menu, so a set menu it was.
Turmeric, lime, tamarind, and palm sugar
An amuse bouche of sorts in liquid form. A tropical herbal flavored refresher.
Warm miso, green onions, and ginger+marinated tofu soup
This soup had a punch of ginger, that went beautifully with the salty miso, and the mild tofu. It was served close to room temperature.
Seasonal vegetable tower with pepper leaves and peanut dressing
This tower was beautifully presented and tasted equally beautiful with the spicy peanut sauce.
Garden of eden salad with tomato sambal and lime condiment
This gorgeous salad was presented to us on a bed of organic brown rice. We especially loved the cucumber, apple, and carrot balls. Delicious.
Carrot and cashew kheer (Indian rice pudding)
We don’t usually have many options as vegans traveling the world when it comes to desserts, so we really savoured this one. It was surprisingly light and sweet, and topped with more raisins, almonds, and shredded carrot then we could finish.
Mint and cinnamon
A great digestive tea to finish our meal off with.
Our meal at L’ELEPHANT VERT was an excellent treat. It’s not everyday that we spend $40 on one meal while we’re traveling, but every once in a while we treat ourselves, and the raw vegan meal at L’ELEPHANTS VERT was well worth it.
After our amazing 6 course meal we still felt light, but satisfied; it is one of the many reasons we love being vegan.
Some more information about L’ELEPHANT VERT
L’ELEPHANT VERT serves Diana’s unique kind of “rawfully good” vegan food with purely South East Asian flavors, offering a very different dining experience. Her dishes are prepared so that important enzymes and nutrients are not destroyed by cooking. Nothing on the menu will be heated above 115 Farenheit degrees and contain practically no carbohydrates.
The produce is sourced as Nature intended, from fresh, seasonal, naturally wild or farm crafted local produce.
L’ELEPHANT VERT knows where all the ingredients come from and how they are grown, most of them organically.
L’ELEPHANT VERT is passionate about ingredients and only serves the highest quality, freshest, seasonal, local and most nutritious foods.
L’ELEPHANT VERT supports the community and cares about the environment.
L’ELEPHANT VERT provides only healthy fats from nuts and seeds.
None of the dishes contain artifical preservatives, coloring, flavorings, or chemicals of any kind.
All the food is purely vegan and uses no animal products.
L’ELEPHANT VERT is next door to L’Elephant Restaurant in Luang Prabang, Laos