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“Good location, great food & service”
Review of Le Malraux

Le Malraux
Ranked #124 of 899 Restaurants in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $19
Cuisines: Cambodian, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Good location, great food & service”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Visited in September.

Lovely decor, able to sit outside under their covered dining area which is nicely decorated with hanging baskets and orchids. The only downside is that it is close to Pub Street and you can hear some of the punters in the karaoke bars blasting out various Abba numbers!

Starters were fairly large abs tasty (spring rolls). Mains were good also, I opted for the lake fish from the special board. Good selection of desserts but my creme caramel needed a little more caramelisation.

Drinks were not too expensive.

Overall, you pay hotel prices (good hotel) and get good quality, well presented food. Would certainly recommend and visit again.

Visited September 2013
Thank Paul W
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Looks great but food isn't!!”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We decided to try this restaurant as it was decorated beautifully and looked as if it would serve good quality food, how wrong we were! I ordered the beef lok lac and my partner the ribs, both dishes were cold when served, I sent mine back nd it came back only slightly warmer. Both dishes lacked flavour and were bland.
Considering we ordered Cambodian cuisine we expected a lot more. We have had much better food for half of the price.

The beer was warm and tasted off. My mojito was nothing like a mojito completely tasteless.

Overall I feel that whilst the place might look easy on the eye they should concentrate on making the food better because for the price it was shocking.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Honestsoph2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Quaint and Romantic”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We decided to explore Le Malraux because It looked like a hanging garden with orchids hanging from the ceiling in the outdoor dining area. Muted amber lighting gives it a cozy, if not romantic feel. The interior is the bar area with a good selection of drinks.

We ordered just a beef carpaccio as we were already full from a heavy lunch and it was expertly sliced and well presented on a platter. It came with bread and salad. The table condiments were local Kampot pepper with French olive oil. It was delicious and the service was very warm and good.

We are panning another trip to Siem Reap and will definitely be back at Le Malraux for a proper meal.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Boon L
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“WARNING: Food so good, you will overeat, despite good intentions not to!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Le Malraux has a very pleasant atmosphere to it. The place is tastefully decorated and I do like the different seating inside and outside. The orchids outside are a nice touch, though after a good meal and a bottle of wine it can be a challenge to maneuver through the hanging orchid forest.

In the back of our minds we were thinking of La P'tite France in Phnom Penh, our by far favorite French place away from France, with it's amicable chef Didier. Having said that, Le Malraux has a very amicable chef as well; I did not catch his name but he surely looked like an interesting character and also someone interested in his guests and the food he serves them.

We started with 3 starters; why choose when it's not entirely necessary. We had escargots - very good taste, the foie gras paté - which was wonderful, liked the little fruit compote to go with it, but needed a few minutes extra to get to the right temperature, and the ravioli with spinach and cheese. The ravioli had a really nice taste, but it had a little too much oil to it. Still good, but not getting the 'wonderful' mark.

Then I had ribs and my wife had the salmon carpacchio / tartare. The ribs were very tasty. I was surprised with rice coming with ribs and not fries - so if you want fries with your ribs order them as a side dish. Having said that; the rice was spiced nicely and delivered a good balance with the meat. A small side note; if you are from the US and you are used to a rack of ribs the size of a small child; these are smaller, but they are very meaty!
The salmon carpacchio / tartare was nice, but my wife would probably have gone for only the carpacchio. I'm a tartare fan, beef tartare as well, but it is an acquired taste and the finesse of the carpacchio perhaps does not mix well with the tartare, which is not as refined. But wonderfully fresh salmon; perhaps a tad too much olive oil.

As desert we had the profiteroles and the mouse au chocolate, which I accompanied with a triple sec - they were out of amaretto that day. Both great, though at the point of ordering desert we already knew we had already eaten enough. But well; it looked so tempting when someone else ordered it and we promised ourselves ice cream.

If the ravioli and carpacchio would have had a little less oil - perhaps use less and serve the olive oil with it for those who like more - this would have been a 'excellent' mark, but it still is very VERY good.

Great food, nice place, good atmosphere, friendly staff, great evening,

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Dennis_Bours
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Was a bit disappointed...”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

I was recommended this place by a friend.

The menu looked good (including the specials) and they had a good range of wines. The appetizers were very well done and very nice. However, our mains were a let-down. The ribs was unevenly cooked. resulting in the meat being too cooked on one side. We did inform the waitress about it. The steak came out medium-well instead of medium rare. Thus, we did not stick around for dessert.

Other than that, we had excellent service.
If the main courses were done better, this restaurant would be excellent!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Zenmao
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