Romdeng is a fantastic all round experience. The concept behind the restaurant, whilst by no means unique, is very encouraging to see, especially in a place like Phnom Penh where it is so badly needed.
The restaurant was one of the only fully occupied places in the area so it is clearly getting the attention it deserves. We didn't book and were very lucky to arrive a little earlier than everyone else and get a great table outside. This was a Saturday night, but I would still recommend booking though if possible.
We also experienced the tarantula, although after holding one, I couldn't bring myself to eat it after it looked at me with it's big round 'please don't eat me' eyes...
The shop upstairs is well worth a visit, and primarily consists of handmade products from scrap items (broaches made from spoons, bracelets from trash paper etc.). Very unique and very well crafted.
Food was excellent (with Khmer options available)
Service was unique and excellent - the kids act like they are straight out of Goodfellas, and whilst are obviously not classically trained, are very good at their jobs.
Atmosphere was top - the building is classic french architecture and has one of the nicest bathrooms in all of Cambodia ;)
Large meal for 2 plus cocktails and a beer was around US$30. Expensive for Cambodia, but still very cheap compared to any other country. We got the distinct impression though that a sizaeable chunk of the bill goes straight to the kids, so we didn't mind paying a little extra for it.
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