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“Average tourist trap” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Angkor Mondial Restaurant

Angkor Mondial Restaurant
Pokambor Ave | (Intersection: Samdech Tep Vong), Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #250 of 424 restaurants in Siem Reap
Cuisines: Cambodian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Address is not given on website. It has a buffet dinner and a free dinner show (Apsara dance) for $12/person.
Milano
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“Average tourist trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My wife and I were taken here by our guide for the Apsara show, that was our main goal, we managed to have a table close to the stage, but hords of tourists followed, so the buffet-like dinner was both expensive, compared to Cambodian standards and average quality, not to mention the war-like attitude of people at some of the stalls that had food sitting around for a while.
The show was nice, dancers were quite good at dancing, but most people at long tables had very few attention at the show, resulting in a loud and messy atmosphere. Besides everyone wanted to reach the best place to take photos and make videos, another crowd attack to the stage, definetely a tourist trap with average food quality. Not recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Avoid This Tourist Trap”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We had dinner and Apsara dance show at this 'restaurant' organised for us by our guide Mony from Angkor Guide Services. We had been enjoying wining and dining in Cambodia for 3 days before we arrived here, so the moment we stepped into this restaurant we knew something was deeply amiss.

Angkor Mondial Restaurant is setup like a food hall seating 150 to 200 people. The buffet-style food is self-service from various tables and stalls scattered around the perimeter of the hall. The food was mass-produced, bland, and cooked carelessly without the passionate Cambodian spirit and attention to detail.

The diners were almost all westerners and other tourists. This was not surprising as they were dropped in the carpark outside by busload from what must have be Cambodian tour packages. It was then also not surprising that we were charged exorbitantly at what was equivalent to AUD$24 for 2 heads for a sub-standard dinner.

This is compared to our usual cost of AUD$11 for 2 heads, which included 2 mains (one would always be a deliciously cooked Amok dish), an alcoholic cocktail, and a beer, and dessert. My wife and I felt genuinely sorry for any of the other diners who had not experienced real Cambodian cuisine. Even the locals, such as our tour guide, did not eat here.

I can also refer to the Apsara dance show which would have been the highlight of this food hall. As the majority of diners had just been dumped at this food hall by their tour packages, the general crowd had none to almost zero interest in the Apsara show. As pointed out by other reviewers, the majority of diners continued to loudly talk over the show. The traditional music and dancers were lovely, but the atmosphere was distracting and rowdy.

My recommendation is to steer clear of this place which does disservice to Cambodian cuisine. If you are taken to this tourist trap by your tour, my recommendation is that you leave immediately without eating or paying. Instead go hav 'dinner' at Swensen's Ice Cream just across the bridge, which was our retreat afterwards and the highlight of that evening.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Scarborough, New York
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“good dance show but bad food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We were with a tour group and went here for the Khmer Cultural dance show. The dance show was much better than we expected but the food was a real disappointment. They had a large crowd of tourists and tour buses and a large buffet. However the food was not distinctive and had been sitting around for a while.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Cadillac
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“Come for the show, skip the food - no skip the whole thing.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

The performer were good but the crowd never stopped talking for a moment. Think of a dance program taking place in the on the sidelines of a football game. If your aren't sitting in front you won't see a thing - we were lucky to be in the first row. The food was not worth the effort to put on your plate. Actually the best part was watching the people push to get at kababs - leather on a stick and see people who ate for 2 hours and continued to do so when the place emptied out. An experience is the best thing I can say. Like a previous review said - Check for the exits.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Avoid this if you can”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

This was the low point of our stay in Siem Reap. Organized for us by our well meaning guide but something to be avoided like the plague. In fact it is surprising we didn't catch the plague as we were herded into long queues for poor quality food that had gone cold. Seated at uncomfortable tables and chairs along with hundreds of other tourists we waited for the dance performance. There were some competent dancers but such lack luster staging and production that it didn't hold our attention. We left very early. Avoid this option.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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