Oh the delight! For a really good meal in Vientiane visit Makphet. I was a repeat visitor - four times -- and each drink, meal and dessert was full of flavor and interest. I would have stayed in the city longer if only for the meal but my visa pulled me elsewhere.
For the socially aware traveller (and foodie) your heart will warm not only from the chili's added to your dish but from the cause....proceeds go to empowering Cambodian children and families through a program that teaches them hospitality and English. The restaraunt includes a cute and colorful shop of crafts designed from Cambodian children.