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Smile Restaurant

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No.6, Street 7 Riverside, Kampong Cham, Cambodia
+855 (0)17997709
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: An NGO Restaurant run by Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA...
An NGO Restaurant run by Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA). Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in our training Restaurant, where former vulnerable children are taught cooking, English and service skills.We serve local as well as international cuisine, while also providing conference rooms with a great view over the Mekong River.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great taste of food

I had a late lunch in the Smile restaurant, there were no customers, so I got my main course from western menu (pan fried fish) pretty quick and enjoyed it. Fish from the Mekong river was amazing, though it was a bit small (especially for men). Price here is expensive for Cambodia. However quality... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Svetlana B
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I had a late lunch in the Smile restaurant, there were no customers, so I got my main course from western menu (pan fried fish) pretty quick and enjoyed it. Fish from the Mekong river was amazing, though it was a bit small (especially for men). Price here is expensive for Cambodia. However quality of food is good. Staff is... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I was in SMILE restaurant twice, once for dinner, once for a breakfast. Both times I went as a disappointed guest, both times I've seen no trainer coaching the un-experienced staff. An expat coach first appeared when I complained about the inconsistent bill: "You know, we are a training restaurant, where errors just happen, sorry." My impressions in the sense... More 

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Perth
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66 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is a training restaurant to train hospitality staff. In spite of that the food was very good. We had dinner there and returned for breakfast next morning. Service was friendly though breakfast was slow because they were overwhelmed by a bus load of very demanding tourists. But we enjoyed the food.

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

When I was in Kampong Cham, I was working on a service project for the BSDA in Kampong Cham, and because BSDA runs the smile restaurant, it was a hub for our dining activity. We were served simply from a small buffet, yet the food tasted as if it were specially made for you. The staff always made the attempt... More 

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Cairns
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40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Went for dinner and was so impressed went back for breakfast. The food is fabulous and the staff were awesome.

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Whenever I needed a healthy pick-me-up I would head to Smile for their fresh spring rolls and fresh coconut water (juice). The staff are friendly and the outside dining area is very chilled which all added to the relaxed atmosphere. Due to the operation of the restaurant as a training facility, you do need to be aware that the food... More 

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Asia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I love visiting a restaurant where the staff do everything with a smile on their faces. Not only do you feeling welcome but it provides a pleasant atmosphere in an already laid back town... The food indeed is very good. Definitely go for the Khmer dishes although I'm sure the Western food is good too. On the wall, pictures /... More 

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Krungthep Mahanakorn
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632 helpful votes 632 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We're surprised no one has mentioned Smile's freshly baked baguette yet. Its coconut scent is out of this world and, even now back in civilisation, our stomachs still crave Smile's version of the French bread. We even saw one farang buying a few for takeaway. Because we only had breakfast there, we couldn't comment much on the overall quality of... More 

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101 reviews 101 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Setting is lovely and facing the Mekong river. Food is great we had the sour soup with fish and beef skewers both were really tasty. Service is usual super friendly Cambodian fair. Couldn't recommend enough whilst in kampong Cham

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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Good range of local and western food options. Easily located across from the Mekong river. Affordable prices (US$2-5) a meal. Friendly staff, limited English but eager to provide fabulous service.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.6, Street 7 Riverside, Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • Location: Asia  >  Cambodia  >  Kampong Cham Province  >  Kampong Cham
  • Phone Number: +855 (0)17997709

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 5
  • Cuisine: Cambodian, European, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view

Description

An NGO Restaurant run by Buddhism for Social Development Action (BSDA). Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in our training Restaurant, where former vulnerable children are taught cooking, English and service skills.We serve local as well as international cuisine, while also providing conference rooms with a great view over the Mekong River.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?