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“Mismatch and not worth it” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Meric - CLOSED

Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap, Cambodia
+ 855 63 966 000
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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“Mismatch and not worth it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2009

We had 4 starters, 4 main courses, 2 desserts, and a bottle of white and red wines. A bottle of Cloudy Bay cost $125 while Le Meridian charges only $80, way too much so we didn't order.

We didn't opt for the local seasonal set menu (~$30) as it appeared quite ordinary e.g. banana bud with pork.

If you crave for European taste you would be greatly disappointed as all dishes are fused with Asian ingredients.

The quail with fried wonton wrapping, noodle (not anglehair as written but udon), and sesame oil is very bland and boring. Tasted like Chinese fusion rather than Cambodian. Big disappointment!!!

The risotto cake with tomato chutney is a mismatch as the sauce overpowered the rest. The chutney tasted like tamarind sauce which is excellent with grilled prawns or fishes.

The chef obviously tried to make the menu exotic to westerners like adding pomegranate to racks of lamb which does not complement the meat at all.

The desserts we had were the chocolate cake and mango with ginger ice cream which were alright.

The bill was $298, really bad value for money. Again and again, we should have learned the lesson that fusion food is mostly not a very good idea.

For local dishes go for FCC, for a not too fusion go for L’Angelo

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“Fabulous fine dining, impeccable service, in an urban oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

Great service with a smile. Not at all snooty although we were in typical tourist attire with thongs and t shirts, dusty and tired from temple trotting all day. Hotel de la paix is a true urban oasis, with a very zen and modern feel about it, while retaining the unique 'cambodia-ness' about it. The restaurant allows diners to choose from sitting at suspended tables and chairs (swing tables) or at the conventional setup inside. We chose to sit inside as my mother gets motion sickness and the swings appeared to sway a little! It looked beautiful. Inside, the complimentary bread platter was so amazing we finished all of it! Freshly baked and warm.

Generous serves
The quail confit and wonton stack with angel hair pasta and microgreen and sesame dressing was the star of the entrees!

The pea soup was good but paled in comparison to the quail.

The tuna tataki with palm sugar and sesame oil was an interesting take on tataki.

The ovenroasted duck breast with sweet potato pave, wilted greens and date sauce was very filling and done just right, to my request of medium.
The Australian beef sirloin with potato cjhurros, local cresson salad and meric sauce was interesting because of the potato churros! Exactly as it sounds like, they were like churros, only made of potato! Crisp on the outside and soft and velvety on the inside. Unfortunately, the beef was not very tender in certain parts and there were some tendons. But the sauce was great.

The mekong lobster with coriander rice cake, emulsion with coral, coconut cream and dy vermouth was delicately presented in a little stack. Be warned that the mekong lobster is not like the usual lobster served, it is smaller. However, it was filling enough for my brother who is a big eater.

The pan roasted grouper, carbonara ravioli, mushroom cream and salsa verde was done just right. a healthier alternative for those watching their diet.

We imagined that the mains would be small, and ordered 3 sides of green beans and almonds, mashed potato, grilled vegetables to be shared amongst 4. However, the servings were so much larger than expected that our family had to leave some sides and mains uneaten! A real anomaly when we dine at a fine restaurant!

There's always room for dessert no matter how full you think you are!
The chocolate fondant was an absolute beauty with an oozy warm centre. The mille freuille was also divine and beautifuly presented!

Our waitress was sweet and attentive and seemed shocked when we left her a tip, saying that we paid too much. When we said it was for her, she was shocked but very happy! And that made us happy too! Perhaps most people do not tip as Meric does charge a service charge. A great dining experience. Not cheap but a great price to pay for excellent food that you would pay almost double in an Australian restaurant.

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“Best overall in Siem Reap”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2008

Probably the best restaurant in Siem Reap, Meric is located with the Hôtel de la Paix at the top end of town (literally, not metaphorically...). The menu provides the timid with a safe introduction to Khmer cuisine, or for those weary of pra hoc (pungent fermented fish sauce) and amok (Khmer curry), an outstanding and changing array of international dishes. Vegetarian options are always specifically created and not just 'steak and veg with out the steak'. Breakfast is definitely worth a try, although the serving sizes seem to have diminished a great deal recently (which is easily remedied by asking the service staff to make it a little more generous). Meals are at very western prices (dinner for 2 with drinks (the wine list is exceptional) is usually > $US150), but as the hotel has one of the most generous employee benefit schemes (including providing staff and families with regular overnight use of a suite) and as the standard is so consistently high, it is worth every cent.

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