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Sala Bai Restaurant School

155 Phum Tapoul, Siem Reap, Cambodia
855 (0)63 963 329
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Ranked #40 of 497 Restaurants in Siem Reap
Price range: $3 - $11
Cuisines: Asian, Cambodian, European, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School was founded in 2002 by the French NGO Agir pour le Cambodge. The school entirely and exclusively meant for young Cambodians coming from underprivileged families. In 2013, more than 1000 young Cambodians, with a 70% priority to girls, have been trained. They have all found a job within 2 months after their one-year training. A few years later, their average salary goes from $250 to $350 which enables them to reach the emerging Cambodian middle-class. The vocational training taught at Sala Baï is definitely the fastest and most efficient way of fighting poverty and human trafficking. But without your support, nothing would be possible. By coming to our training restaurant, you already make a great difference, with the pleasure to enjoy high-quality food.
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Redwood City, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Let's see, all the food was AMAZING, we couldn't have had better service if we had gone to a Michelin 3 star restaurant, and it was about $10 each with wine! the wine is amazing, and we ate both lunch and dinner there, since they were doing a fundraiser dinner for an expansion to the school, and after the amazing... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Sala Bai School worth supporting. I think it's just awesome that they introduced young Cambodians in the Restaurant & Hotel professions. This is exactly what the country needs and you def. can tell the students appreciate that. The prices are fair, the food was very good, the service excellent and everyone in the school is extremely friendly . I... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This organization tries to assist the disadvantaged by providing training in the hospitality industry. The people on staff were great, as was the food.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice comment. It gives us strength and always more motivation to carry on with our NGO program! More 

melbourne, australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Had a set lunch and enjoyed every part of it. Lovely waitress did an excellent job and the food was outstanding! Very high standard and you can see the care that goes into training the young students. Highly recommend and i thought the cocktail was also extremely well made and delicious.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

As a Vocational Trainign Program which has as aim to train to the highest standards of Hospitality we really do value the full statisfaction of our guests in terms of food AND service. We are verry happy to know that you had great time in our restaurant and it is a real support for our students who still have 7... More 

Paris, France
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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I returned last week to Sala Bai for lunch and I chose to review anew to confirm the very positive first impressions. The welcome, the sweet attentive service supervised by pro teachers and the quality of the food served are impressive, even more so considering both kitchen and service is manned by young students. This small school is impressively committed... More 

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

Thank you for your continous support and your loyalty! There is no better recognition for our work and congratulation to our students who try to learn, day after day, as much as possible, than guests who reiterate their trust time after time, and recommend our School to others! So thank you again! More 

Paris, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

It was quiet but it has nothing to taste a real Khmer food. the students are doing their best but the management should re question the aim.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

We are sorry to learn that you did not fully enjoy the experience, because the ordered food was not as Khmer as you wished. As a hospitality school we train our cooking students in Western and Asian food with a larger influence than only traditional Khmer cuisine, which usually pleases our guests. The aim is to train them to work... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Each year Sala Bai trains 100 young apprentices from disadvantaged families in hospitality (cooking, front of house, etc), with a view to them securing jobs in the catering industry. Great food: Khmer candied banana with cocunut cream, dragon fruit shakes and tasty meat and fish dishes. The money you spend in the restaurant directly supports the scheme. Highly recommended.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your very supportive comment! We are very happy that you enjoyed the food and recommend it to others. As you said, all the money is entirely used to sponsor our NGO program so it means a lot to us! More 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Living in Cambodia for many years I know the restaurant scene pretty well. While there are many fake restaurant training centres in town and country, Sala Bai is amongst the three (P.S.E in Phnom Penh and Paul Du Brule in REP are the others) who is real. On and off job coaching is happening, staff and teachers seem to be... More 

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

Thank you for noting that our program is a real training center. We could even say it is more than a training center, it is a hospitality school for underpriviledged young Cambodians. The training lasts one year and all our 100 students per Intake find a job in the hopitality industry within 6 weeks after graduation. That is what makes... More 

Mexico City, Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food, great concept! It is a vocational trainning restaurant to help young cambodians get cooking/ waitressing/ restaurant/ hospitality experience to be abre ti get a good job on The industry.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

Thank you for your great enthusiasm! It is a pleasure for us and the students to know that you have enjoyed the experience of a lunch at Sala Baï, and to feel supported in our mission of fighting poverty through vocational training by wonderful guests like you. Thank you again and please come back whenever you have the opportunity! More 

Wollongong, Australia
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143 reviews 143 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Great educational resource for Siam Reap. They are doing an excellent job. But, to me as a customer the food is what matters. And I have to say it was sensational- well presented, well balanced flavours. Yummy!!!😍Go there for a great meal, and help the student learn as well.

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Sala B, Responsable relations publiques at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review

We are glad that you appreciated the food as much as the NGO program. Indeed as an Hospitality School, we also think that offering the best service to our guests is what matters. As it is fully part of our students training and we aim to train them at the highest standards of hospitality. So thank you very much for... More 

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Additional Information about Sala Bai Restaurant School

Address: 155 Phum Tapoul, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Phone Number: 855 (0)63 963 329
Location: Asia  >  Cambodia  >  Siem Reap Province  >  Siem Reap
Average Prices: USD 3 - 11
Cuisine: Asian, Cambodian, European, International

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