Kualao is nestled in That Dam intersection in a charmingly elegant two story vintage house that only a few decades ago had been the commanding residential estate of French colonial officials.
While the structure and exterior edifice of the restaurant epitomizes architecture a la francaise, the interior whispers soft Lao overtones. Upon first sight, the restaurant inspires thoughts of historical imagery such as Auguste de Pavie and former royalist generals and politicians smoking pipes as they touch upon a variety of topics such as business deals and political intrigue. As one proceeds in to the house, however, one immediately witnesses the French façade fade away as one’s sight gives way to the more indigenous Asian fusion interior.
The inside comprises colorful patterns of ornamental silk table clothes and curtains, rattan wall rendering, dim Clementine lighting, brown plates and golden cutlery. Yet, there are those minutely perceptible cultural elements from the other side of the Pacific: European style wine cellar and bar.
Kualao was and still remains the dining hall of gentlemen and ladies, the site where statesmen decide the fates of cities, the gathering spot of upper middle class civil servants and the preferred destination of foreign visitors. The structure exudes an aura that is reminiscent of a past age of elite individuals who take pleasure in good company, a sumptuous meal, light-hearted conversation and pleasant entertainment.
Visit Kualao for a memorable night of fine food, refined traditional performances and a most regal experience!