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Chez Sophea and Matthiu

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French, Asian, Cambodian
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In front of Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Gourmet food on the edge of Angkor Wat Temple

At the conclusion of my work on two construction projects in Shanghai and Seoul, and with time at a premium, we booked a guided tour to Cambodia; the main purpose being a visit to the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap. As part of the booking, in addition to transport, hotel and a personal guide... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2014
Martin T
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Orlando
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  • Romantic
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  • French first
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Apparently this was a good restaurant in the past, but there has been recent turnover, so the chef has left and there are very few customers or staff during low season. Matthieu is warm and friendly, (although a bit odd, and filled with stories about how stereotypical people from other countries are). However, the food is low quality -- we... More 

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Warsaw
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Just remark; that was not our first trip to Asia neither we were not at the end of "one year break...." After morning trip to Angkor temples we decided to check restaurant that we've seen day before but also because it was mentioned in some "guides" As we did trip on bikes and that was really hot day we needed... More 

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Houston, Texas
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

After getting to Angkor Wat pretty early in the morning, we were ready for a break away from the noisy tourists and we found just that at Chez Sophea. Matthieu was a great host and the food was superb! We had their set menu and were not disappointed. Our bill was under $50 including couple of espressos. The relax atmosphere... More 

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New York
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46 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Unlike most of the other reviewers, we had dinner at this restaurant and enjoyed it very much. It is right next to Angkor Wat and surrounded by other restaurants, but at 7 p.m., the other restaurants were mostly closed and it was quiet and delightful to talk with Matthiu and to enjoy the food. The duck rillettes which Matthiu made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Chez Sophea is very near to Angkor Wat, but it's tucked in a quiet corner behind the over-crowded tourists restaurants where tour groups crowd in for an Angkor beer and some mediocre version of a local specialty. Take the few extra steps to Chez Sophea and you won't be sorry. Matthieu is a fantastic host who will welcome you and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My first review: My friend, girlfriend and I stopped here after touring Angkor Wat and were extremely impressed. The owner was very welcoming and casual about our ordering. The restaurant is open air and directly across the street from the temple, alongside several other restaurants that offer the more traditional Khymer fare. We all ordered from the prix fixe menu... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We had a delightful lunch in this open air restaurant that is just outside the moat of Angkor Wat. The owner, Matthieu, is an engaging and charming host, who used to be a professional photographer in Paris before visiting Cambodia 25 years ago and deciding to stay. Chez Sophea has a relaxed atmosphere, and is the perfect place to relax... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We had a friend recommend this place and we were so glad we went! We went for lunch today after visiting some temples. Matthieu gave very personalized attention and recommended some FANTASTIC fish dishes, one amok and one thing I don't recall but it was great. We got the $18 set price menu which included an amazing salad (the kind... More 

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Orlando
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82 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

At the conclusion of my work on two construction projects in Shanghai and Seoul, and with time at a premium, we booked a guided tour to Cambodia; the main purpose being a visit to the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap. As part of the booking, in addition to transport, hotel and a personal guide, our meals were included. Following... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

After nearly being temple-d out (5am until noon) we stopped at Chez Sophea for lunch. We ended up having a great 2hr lunch. Matthiu was fun - delightfully brusque, high quality bar for food and service. I loved my spiced fish - delicately flavored, but still filling. The chocolate mousse was amazing. They put so much energy into the perfectly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: In front of Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Location: Asia  >  Cambodia  >  Siem Reap Province  >  Siem Reap

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: French, Asian, Cambodian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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