Vegetarians beware: Xayoh Grill House is truly a meat-lover’s paradise! This restaurant has just been refurbished and rebranded as a Grill House rather than a cafe, and boy has my mouth been watering just thinking about it! There are times when us expats really just crave a big hunk of meat to sink our teeth into, and thankfully Xayoh Grill provides just that.
This top-tier steakhouse has been almost too elegantly designed, but the inclusion of booths allow for comfort and also help to lend the ‘roadhouse’ atmosphere necessary for a good grill restaurant. Looking through the menu (whilst sipping an ice-cold draft Beerlao), I was extremely pleased to see that every item contained at least some form of meat, from hearty steak to succulent sausages or crispy chicken pieces. For the overly curious, you can even observe your meal being grilled through the large glass kitchen window.
I tried a mixed entree which included pate, salad, asparagus wrapped in bacon and a form of bruschetta. Whilst this was a good starter, what I really came for was the steak. The menu boasts a wide variety of beef cuts from all over the world, and these range from the ordinary to the epic (at 500,000 kip). The servings are large enough to meet the biggest of appetites, and the steak, grilled to perfection by the specially trained chef, retains a smoky, country flavour that satisfies even the roughest of tastes.
If you’re out for just a drink, try taking advantage of Xayoh’s stylish blue-lit outdoor bar and watch Vientiane by night. If you’re after a hearty meal of smoky steak, Xayoh Grill House won’t be beaten. To get there, follow Samensenthai Rd until you reach the National Cultural Hall. Xayoh Grill House is just across the road. Call +856 21 261777.