I've eaten here several times now. My overall impression is very positive, but there are a few tweaks that could make this place outstanding.
The quality of the meats and the general flavor of the food is really great. The pork bowl is especially good, especially with all the toppings. That said, there doesn't feel like quite enough of it to go around, and the price is a little high, probably reflecting the premium ingredients.
The tortillas and chips need a bit of work - both seem a bit packaged and generic. Some of the extra toppings (guacamole, sides, etc.) are priced a bit steep.
Staff is incredibly, perhaps overly, attentive - but I chalk this up to still being recently opened. Hopefully they will settle down a bit more. Atmosphere is nice, very cool paintings on the wall and fun menus, but it can get quite loud even with just a few other diners as it's a small space.
If I were rating on flavor alone, I'd give Cartel a 5. However, it's got some steep competition in Phnom Penh, and will need to come down a bit on price and up a bit on extras & intangibles in order to compete.
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