I don't like to play favourites with my food but lately, I find myself coming back to Spoon & Fox cafe again and again. Last week, I was in there 3 times! All in the name of research, of course...
If you haven't yet been there, Spoon & Fox is a cafe near Joma2 that serves fresh, healthy and organic food that's really quite delicious.
I love that this cafe is actually opposite Panyathip School and Sharon Preschool because, let's face it, how often do you see truly healthy food being sold near schools?
Spoon & Fox is a cute corner cafe with a homely atmosphere. Its whitewash brick walls and wooden furniture are simple and cosy.
They source most of their fruit and veggies from the local organic markets at That Luang.The menu is small but ticks off the wholesome essentials including fresh foccacia, salad, juices and, of course, good coffee.
Spoon & Fox opened in July 2017. It's the brainchild of the guys behind HUMA - Humanitarian Media Agency and Insmai Creative Communication. Their office is above the cafe.
They say that as media people, they drink a lot of coffee. So, they cut out the middle man and just opened their own coffee shop downstairs. It's an ambitious spin on the communal cookie jar.
Plus, they want to use the space for art and media workshops (coming soon), and to meet other creatives in Vientiane.
My favourite menu items are the focaccia. There are 4 choices (including vegetarian options) and I've tried them all. The bread is thick and delicious, baked fresh from a Vientiane bakery downtown. You can choose half or full sized portions.
And you may just find Vientiane's best hummus at Spoon & Fox. Creamy, zesty and served slightly warmed with crusty bread and a drizzle of olive oil, it's just delicious.
There are also a few Lao options if you prefer, including 2 varieties of fried rice, from different provinces. I tried the Muang Sing fried rice; it uses black organic rice, lots of veggies, and is, naturally, very tasty.
There are also enormous salads if you want a really healthy option.
Spoon & Fox has just a handful of tables inside (and 1 outside) so if you're coming for lunch, get there early. It's already popular with the local lunchtime NGO crowd but it's also a good spot for an early morning coffee.
But in a city like Vientiane where new cafes are springing up like mushrooms, Spoon & Fox has a definite, healthy point of difference. Here's hoping it's around for the long haul.
Spoon & Fox is open 7am-6pm every day except Sunday. It's opposite Panyathip International School and next to Bandith Books. There's street parking.