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“Very ordinary food” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Karma Restaurant & Bar

Karma Restaurant & Bar
273c Sisowath Quay | (The Riverside), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
089 788 841
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Ranked #410 of 774 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: Asian, Cambodian, Continental
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Karma is located on the ground floor of a colonial style building in the heart of Phnom Penh’s vibrant and popular riverside. Traditionally designed the interior is relaxed with a friendly atmosphere. The high ceilings and open entrance allow for an airy feel whilst offering views of the scenic riverside. We provide a range of traditional and home-style cooked meals; Cambodian, Asian and Western. We are proud to stand by our motto offering ‘Good honest food, at good honest prices’.
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Very ordinary food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We ate Asian, as European was not recommended but this was not great. My amok was not good. Service was good and happy hour but food very ordinary. Not sure why this rated so high!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Chouleang Y, Manager at Karma Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about Karma, it is very much appreciated. We are sorry to hear that our Amok was not to your taste. Although we strive to please everyone this is not always possible as different people have different tastes. Our Amok is our best seller and is often praised both by TripAdvisor reviewers and in person in the restaurant. Regarding your comment that our European food was not recommended, it would be interesting to hear who by, as if you read through our TripAdvisor reviews you will find that our Western meals are also often praised. I am very pleased to hear that you felt our service was good and you enjoyed our Happy Hour.
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great place, great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012 via mobile

There are many placed to eat in Phnom Penh, but Karma was by far the best & I will be making a return trip there! I got there just in time for happy hour with my first drink, however they charged my second drink at happy hour prices too!
I had the fried rice and it was great. Service was fab, only wish I had found this place before my last nigh in Phnom Penh!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chouleang Y, Manager at Karma Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, November 4, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about Karma, it is very much appreciated. We are absolutely delighted that you feel Karma is one of the best places to eat in Phnom Penh, we cannot ask for higher praise. I am also very pleased to hear that you found the service to be very good. We look forward to welcoming you back when you return.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Worth every penny. Superb!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

We went here for lunch inbetween some sightseeing & grabbed a club sandwich & penne pasta. They were incredible. Tonight we are heading back to sample the more traditional dishes. The menu is extensive & very reasonably priced. 2nd best place we've dined at in Asia.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chouleang Y, Manager at Karma Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about Karma, it is very much appreciated. We are very pleased to hear that you found your lunch choices ‘incredible’, high praise indeed. Even higher praise is that in your opinion Karma is the 2nd best place you have dined at in Asia – we are very humbled to hear this. We are happy that you returned to Karma for dinner, returning customers are the best compliment a restaurant can receive.
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

A brilliant atmosphere with very friendly staff. Happy hour had ended at 7pm and we got there at 7.20 but the waitress said our first drink would be at the happy hour price. We ordered a Lok Lak and a Khmer salad, both of which were absolutely delicious. We stayed for a few drinks after our meal too. The restaurant was packed, which is always a good sign!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chouleang Y, Manager at Karma Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about Karma, it is very much appreciated. We are so happy to hear that you found your Cambodian food to be ‘absolutely delicious’. As for our waiting staff, yes they have been trained to use their own initiative concerning the needs of our customers and it seems in this instance the waitress treated you well, I am very pleased to hear this, plus that you found the staff to be very friendly.
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Thoughtful décor, tasty cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We had already eaten at Anjali and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Our Lonely Planet book mentioned that Karma next door was a ‘sister’ restaurant, having the same owner so we thought we would give it a try. The menu is similar for obvious reasons and the taste and flavors are just as good. If anything we marginally preferred Karma due to, in our opinion, its warmer, nicer and more thoughtful decoration.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chouleang Y, Manager at Karma Restaurant & Bar, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about Karma, it is very much appreciated. This is Karma’s 100th review and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those customers who have reviewed us. We are humbled that 66 of you have found Karma to be ‘Excellent’ and a further 21 have found us to be ‘Very Good’. We strive to offer good value home style cooking in an informal and freindly atmosphere and it appears that for most of our customers we are doing just that. Thank you for your continued support.
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