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“good choice” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sala Bai Restaurant School

Sala Bai Restaurant School
155 Phum Tapoul, Siem Reap, Cambodia
855 (0)63 963 329
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Ranked #44 of 475 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.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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91 reviews 91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“good choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This restaurant with a lot of Cambodia food made me totally satisfiable. The food were extremely excellent. the taste were very unique.The beverage were good either. I think this is the most delicious restaurant during the time I visited Siem reap. Especially, The service were hospitable and friendly. Although All of them were young, they served very professional, perfect. The price were reasonable. Anyway, highly appreciate for Sala Bai

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent for a training establishment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

A very clean establishment training young boys and girls in the hospitality business. We read the brochure and appreciated the process more and we were more comfortable with a long wait but once the food came it was very well presented and tasty. We had this incorporated into our 7 day tour and it was a big draw card for choosing this type of tour. We had the set lunch menu and the fish which was goby madrone in an amok style was served with a refreshing salad. We had interesting drink shakes beforehand. The organiser of the school came for a showery chat with us which was pleasant and not pushy.

Visited November 2013
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Abu Dhabi
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal with a purpose”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We decided to stop at a new restaurant for lunch, Sala Bai. The restaurant had opened two days before we visited it and you never would have known that this restaurant is used to train young Cambodians. We met Claude, the director, who explained how an NGO offers scholarships to 100 poor Cambodians so they can come to Siem Reap and train intensively for 1 year and then find a job in one of the better hotels According to Claude, they have 100% placement.

We could choose from one of two set menus. We had 6 guests, so we got to try everything. First of all, the restaurant successfully got all 6 meals out together, so there were no cold meals. Each dish was flavorful, fresh, and cooked perfectly. I never would have believed this was a new restaurant filled with novice staff. When I return to Siem Reap (and I will because I loved the place and the people), I will definitely return to Sala Bai for another wonderful meal!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food

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Sala B, Manager at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
On the behalf of the Sala Baï students, thank you so much for this very nice and encouraging comment!
Servicing customers is something very new for all our students that come from very underprivileged families, mostly from countryside. They have to learn everything from scratch but with their eagerness and strong motivation, most of them do it quickly and your review shows that they have a bright future waiting for them in hospitality!
Thank you again and we hope to see you soon!
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“Good food for a good cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The food was great and the service was good too albeit a little hesitant at some points but you have to remember that most of the staff are still in training.

Special mention: Their Sala Bai passion breeze signature drink was one of the best and most refreshing I'd had during my stay in Siem Reap.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sala B, Manager at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Thank you for your comment. It is indeed very encouraging for our students. As you said, they are all in training and practicing with real customers through the training hotel and restaurant started only in mid-October.
With such motivation as they have, there is no doubt that they will get more confidence day after day and will be perfectly operating very soon!
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Excellent service , very good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

In Sala Bai we had one of our first non Cambodian food in many days and it was delicious!!! The students are really doing their best. Congratulations!!!!

Visited July 2013
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Sala B, Manager at Sala Bai Restaurant School, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you very much for your positive comment! Sala Bai is a Vocational Training School in Hospitality but nevertheless offering a high-quality service to our guests is very important to us and our students. We are all very happy that you enjoyed the experience at our restaurant. We hope to see you again in the future.
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