Reviewers seem either to love or hate this place, depending mostly on whether they got on with Matthieu, the "patron". We thought he was great fun - it was definitely worth trying out a bit of schoolboy French on him on arrival, and he was charm personified throughout our visit.
The place itself looks pretty unprepossessing - off the main road that heads west out of the entrance to Angkor Wat, there's a muddy track on the south side, only about 100m from the entrance causeway, and Chez Sophea is down this track, at the end on the right. It's an open structure at the front, and seems to have living quarters at the back. But don't be put off by the ramshackle building: the quality of the food is great, and the value is good too. We had beef with a very hot Prohok sauce, and fish lok lak, both excellent. Good value for the quality: if you're drinking wine, go for a bottle rather than by the glass, as they're not very big and at $5 a time it adds up fairly fast. Like pretty much everywhere else in Cambodia, they take only cash US dollars.
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