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.
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