Lao Café pop­up, from Rosa’s Thai Café, to launch permanent site

September 26, 2016

Lao Café, the pop­-up concept from Saiphin Moore and the team behind Rosa’s Thai Café, is to launch a permanent London site this winter.

The 60­-cover, two­-storey 60 Chandos Place location – near Covent Garden – is to open later this year, and will serve dishes that appeared at the 2015 pop-­up, as well as further Lao plates, inspired by Moore’s childhood as a Laos­origin family living in Thailand’s Phetchabun Province.  The premises are owned by London estate landlord Shaftesbury, advised by specialist leisure property agents Davis Coffer Lyons.

Commenting to Big Hospitality on the opening, Moore said: “Although my family migrated to Thailand from Laos, they did not abandon the traditional food and cooking methods,” says Saiphin. “These recipes have been in my family as long as I can remember. This restaurant will celebrate my love for Laotian cuisine with every dish reflecting a specific memory from growing up in the countryside­ from cooking meat over a charcoal grill to mixing salads with a wooden pestle and mortar.”

Edward Francis, co­-founder of Rebel Hospitality, said of the interior design: “This project is all about the menu – and the subtle nature of the scheme will ensure that the bright, bold, vibrant food is the centre of attention and star of the show.”