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“Below Average” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Cuisine Wat Damnak

Cuisine Wat Damnak
Between Psa Dey Hoy market and Angkor High School | Wat Damnak village, Sala Kamreuk Commune, Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
+855 77 347 762
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Ranked #10 of 508 Restaurants in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $24 - $28
Cuisines: Cambodian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
New York City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Below Average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We ate at Cuisine Wat Damnak on a four-day stay in Siem Reap on the advice of our hotel. We found the food to be disappointing in almost every respect. An amuse-bouche of smoked fish and pork amounted to little more than a few leaves of what appeared to be bibb lettuce (not a local Cambodian product, I suspect) with smoked protein scattered on top. A pork dish was both so gamey and chewy as to be completely inedible. And fish sauce was used with a heavy hand on every course, which made the meal almost unbearably salty. Finally, a meringue dessert was rock hard and peculiarly seasoned.

Any restaurant can have an off night (particularly in August when personnel may be away on holiday), and perhaps we just visited Cuisine Wat Damnak at the wrong time. In the end, however, this was our most disappointing meal not only in Siem Reap, but also during our entire two-week trip throughout southeast Asia.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Gourmet experience in Siem Reap”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Fantastic foodie experience for the price of a mediocre cafe meal in Australia. They only have degustation menus - 2 options. Both sounding delicious we opted for both and tried it all. I tried frog! and it's true - it tastes like chicken. Lovely meal.

Visited September 2012
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Paris, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Cambodian cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Come and try fine Cambodian cuisine, dishes are really well-prepared and full of flavor. Specially the snakes and frogs Even though these are not the only options the set menu will not give you much flexibility.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Beautiful setting, flavour, attention to detail”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We were greeted on arrival by host and ushered up stairs to open air traditional style Cambodian house. Fixed 6 course french/asian menu. Its the best 24 dollars i've ever spent in my life thus far. WOW whats happening here is detail...salads that would hold up anywhere...herbs that set dishes apart...exquisite tastes..froglegs...pulled duck...flavours,setting passion make this a must on anyones list....take a Tuk Tuk !!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“french-khmer cuisine lovers choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

A french couple and their cambodian staff is exploring the many possibilities of combining french and khmer cuisine. We loved to explore with them tastes and combinations of herbs, fish, meat and fruit, of which we knew some and others not yet; from appetizer through five courses to the after-dessert. The little wooden khmer-house in a quiet corner of Siem Reap, the tasty interior, the excellent service of the whole staff- we enjoyed it all very much.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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