initially, I had hesitated with the idea of going there as I wasn't a fan of non-comfort or non-traditional food. (don't get me wrong as I love khmer, thai, indian and malay food, and even street food. just that fusion type dishes never caught my fancy). I sent an email and got quick responses from both wendy and derek (separately - as I was unsure which email address to use) confirming my reservation request.
wendy was beyond hospitable. she obliged my request to change seats (as I didn't really want to sit at the bar), and I had a table outdoors, which suited me. she even gave me the wifi password without asking. the staff were quite cordial and attentive. never once did I have to wait for the staff. very present without being over-attentive.
I ended up having a 50/50 appetizer (as with half of one appetizer, and half of another appetizer). pear & blue cheese parcels with mango and basil puree -and- warm goat and feta cheese dip spiced with australian waterseeds and desert raisins and vegetable crudities.
then moroccan spiced duck on a stew of chick peas with yoghurt dressing as well as roasted caramelised pumpkin with sage feta and hazelnut pesto
and ending with hara chocolate fudge blocks (which were beyond heaven)!
the overall experience was beyond amazing. service, presentation, taste. big thumbs up! and I'm going to tell my expatriate friends living in kampot that they. must. stop. there! during their "phnom penh" escapes.
my only "minor" mistake was to decide to walk from my hotel to the restaurant, which was a short 12 minute walk. the alley/street was a bit too dark. it's not that it's unsafe to walk there. it's just that it's a bit too dark for "safe walking" as I practically couldn't see much without a decent flashlight, and I didn't want to use the flashlight on my iPhone to attract attention. I was more worried about missing a "pothole" or "what-have-you" and falling flat. recommend taking a remork or taxi to get there.
somebody may say that it was overrated, but most definitely not for me. just perfect!