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.

L'Elephant Vert

L’Elephant Vert

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.


Warm Miso Soup


Seasonal vegetable tower with pepper leaves and peanut dressing
This tower was beautifully presented and tasted equally beautiful with the spicy peanut sauce.


Seasonal Vegetable Tower


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.


Garden of Eden Salad


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.


Carrot and Cashew Kheer


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.

L'Elephant Vert

Inside L’Elephant Vert

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

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Linda Pacienza October 9, 2013 Reply

    The Garden of Eden salad looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it out

  2. Elena October 9, 2013 Reply

    I can’t wait to find myself in Laos so I can taste this yummy food!!!! Sounds like a great place 😉

  3. Lucia December 21, 2013 Reply

    WOW. This food looks beautiful and it’s cruelty free! Great photos too!

    • Giselle and Cody December 23, 2013 Reply

      Thanks so much Mom.
      You would love this place. Maybe one day we will head to Laos together and check this place out.

  4. Jan Busman September 13, 2014 Reply

    Great comments.
    A reason to go to Laos.
    I will be there in the near future for sure.

    • Giselle and Cody September 17, 2014 Reply

      We hope you make it to Laos Jan. Such a great place and a lot of it is still untouched from tourism.

      • Jan Busman September 26, 2014 Reply

        Hi. Thank you for your reaction.
        I made it. :))
        As a matter of fact I am in LP right now.
        Had 3 meals in l,Elelphant Vert.
        It is amazing how good taste and healthy food can be combined.
        After the set dinner or lunch you feel completely satisfied and not bothered by 2nd thoughts like
        ” I ate too much”.
        Some positive remarks / criticism.

        – The Menu card which the staff gives you is of the elephant. So includes meat fish etc.
        – Missing some healthy drinks to go with the food.
        Like kombucha in various flavours.
        As an alternative for wine.
        – Missing suggestions for a children menu
        Goodies which parents can give to their kids with a good feeling.
        ( during my lunch I saw a family with kids looking at the menu and leave ).

        In spite of the above
        Absolutely a great place.
        Worth while visiting LP

        • Giselle and Cody September 29, 2014

          Hey Jan, Thanks so much for replying and letting us know how your experience was. Glad you loved the food. We still talk about the food at L’Elephant Verde. You should try and contact the restaurant and voice your concerns with them. I think it would be great if they knew. 🙂

  5. Jan October 15, 2014 Reply


    Thank you for your answer.
    As a matter of fact I might be in LP again end October.
    and I will have dinner in the elephant vert again.
    Maybe I will meet the manager.
    Anyway. We ll see.

    Good luck and safe travels


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