Sample Vietnamese food with a masterclass at Waldorf Astoria

A Southeast Asian dining experience seems to be something of a prerequisite when it comes to exploring Dubai’s diverse culinary scene. From plush dining venues serving gourmet Oriental delicacies in a refined setting to casual evenings out with street food specials inspired by the Far East, there isn’t much left untried. But if you’re looking for an experience beyond the usual, we might have just the treat for you. LAO at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah offers guests the opportunity to cook their own meal before tucking into a sumptuous two-course lunch. Under the supervision of Head Chef Mai Nguyen, you can master the art of Vietnamese cooking with an interactive learning session at the restaurant.

LAO’s gastronomic inspiration can be traced back to the 1700s, where the tribes that settled across Asia practised rich culinary traditions with simple, yet wholesome organic dishes. The restaurant takes this practice a few notches further by fusing traditional cooking methods and ingredients with modern presentations to develop unique flavours. When you book this interactive cooking lesson at LAO with Chef Mai, you can take back with you nuances of this modern culinary style.

Your private, interactive cooking lesson begins at Waldorf Astoria’s organic garden, home to a wide variety of vegetables and herbs. Chef Mai will guide you through a process of selecting the best herbs that will later be used during the cooking process, and then run you through the various ingredients used in traditional Vietnamese cooking.

The live kitchen at LAO is always buzzing with energy, making it a great spot to pick up some fabulous new kitchen techniques from the restaurant’s culinary masters. Gain a fascinating insight into a classic Pho – the popular Oriental beef noodle soup, learn how to prepare fresh, mouthwatering Vietnamese rolls and get expert tips on creating the perfect grilled banana with coconut milk dessert. And once all that decadence is ready for the table, you can tuck in with a serving of the restaurant’s signature iced tea.


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  • Interactive cooking lesson with Chef Mai Nguyen at LAO, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Two-course Vietnamese menu – AED683 AED615 per adult (Save 10%)
  • The offer is applicable to a minimum of three and a maximum of six guests
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What’s Included

  • Interactive cooking lesson with Chef Mai Nguyen at LAO, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
  • Two-course meal
  • Beverage selection includes iced tea


  • The offer is subject to availability.
  • The offer is applicable to a minimum of three and a maximum of six guests.
  • The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or discount.
  • The restaurant reserves the right to refuse service.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to use the relevant form on the website (found in your User Profile under Booking History) or to email us at [email protected] with your Booking ID. The refund will be made within 20 working days by crediting the credit card used for booking.
  • No refund will be made if you cancel a booked service 72 hours or less before the experience or in case of a no-show.

The allocated credit card will be blocked with the total amount of your booking while the booking request is confirmed with the Supplier and will only be charged upon successful confirmation.


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