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“relaxed place serving awesome cakes”
Review of Common Grounds

Common Grounds
Ranked #8 of 24 Dessert in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Description: Common Grounds Cafe is a social enterprise that believes in:Creating a friendly Atmosphere,Producing high quality coffee & pastries, Serving delicious Western & Asian food,Providing Strong Wi-Fi & Cold Air ConditioningTogether as a Staff, We believe in:Empowering potential with opportunities,Providing benefits, English Classes, &fair salaries Building strong character & integrity,Developing future leaders By donating 100% of our profit to Common Grounds' parent organization, People For Care & Learning, we are working towards a hopeful Cambodian future.
Sukhothai, Thailand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“relaxed place serving awesome cakes”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

I absolutely can't understand most of the bad reviews - why would you rate a place 2/5 just because it is a café and not a restaurant?? Tripadvisor doesn't distinguish between these categories and the Common Grounds itself doesn't claim to be a restaurant ...

The place is located a little bit north of the pub street area, still comfortably in walking distance. It's a rather calm spot with lots of expats reading newspaper or working there which we found to be a quite nice alternative to the crowded main tourist area.
The pastry is absolutely amazing! We really love cakes & co and came across a lot of average and even bad "western" places in SE asia, but this is definitely one of the best. Everything we tried turned out to be really tasty, our favorite being the molten lava cake (get it with whip cream). We also had some savory dishes for lunch which we can highly recommend as well. Same goes for the frappes and all coffee creations we had.
Wifi's free and fast, you can plug in your laptop at almost every table and the staff is both quick and lovely.
If all that is not enough, the café is part of a humanitarian organisation allowing socially disadvantaged Cambodians to access education they wouldn't be able to afford otherwise. Despite that the prices are still quite reasonable.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Wat S
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Vienna, Austria
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“food and coffee are not as good as expected”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

common grounds is a nice cafe' in a quiet location, good place to sit and check your emails as there is free wifi. staff is really friendly too and the whole project is for a good cause, which is fantastic.

i had some cookies there which were fine, but the food and the coffee is rather tasteless. ok, for the food it might be the vegetarian option, which maybe is not their cup of tea, but i found the coffee rather bad too. i think that should/could be improved!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank arianna47
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Matt N, Manager at Common Grounds, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you for joining us at Common Grounds. With a variety of different cultures and coffee tastes, we strive to bring the best western style coffees to each table. From Europe, Australia, America, and other Asian countries, we have chosen the best balance between the differing taste buds that come into Common Grounds. Additionally, our drip coffee which I believe you may have purchased, is right in the middle: not too strong, and not too weak.

Since you are from Vietnam and enjoy a stronger coffee drink, I'd recommend either our espresso line up or our Flat White Coffee which is our double shot espresso with micro-frothed milk cream. It is our strongest coffee drink at Common Grounds!

We appreciate your feedback, and hope you come back to try one of our stronger coffee drinks that may suit your tastes better.
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good American cafe food.”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

If you're missing America, this is your spot! It's run by an American family (who volunteer their time, knowledge, and resources) to support a local school/orphanage place. I know a few of the people that volunteer there. It's a legitimate cafe. They pay their staff fair wages, and they offer something valuable to the community. That says alot in Siem Reap.
The food isn't my grandma's cookin', but is pretty, darn close!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank cmcordell
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“one not to miss when in siem reap!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

beautiful place in a quiet area (love it!) with oh sooooo good food! i kinda wanted to hate myself for only visited it this month after almost two years living in siem reap.

with a friend, i visited the place on a second saturday evening of this month, expecting just a quiet dinner to be later on whaaamm! soooo satisfied with the food that we ordered.

i had chicken parmigiana (super yummy! that i ordered the same on my second visit last the next saturday!) the portion is generous and it's delicious. delicious. delicious! my friend also ordered the same thing, sesame chicken on our first and second visit hahahaha ..

nice ambience, very friendly staff, fast internet connection (you want to post your whereabout real time, right hehehe!) don't miss this place when you are in siem reap!

ah well i think i will go again this saturday. cannot wait!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank nananias
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Ko Samui, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Good Food”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

The restaurant located near the ANZ bank and a bit far from Pub Street where all the bar and restaurant mostly located in Siem Reap. This restaurant is also for a good cause which help the children and widow and its run by a NGO.

We order Chicken Burger, Sesame Chicken, Coffee and Hot Fudge Chocolate brownies. I did not see the red velvet in their menu though, perhaps should ask for it. All the food is delicious and the price is reasonable and generous portion.

Wifi speed is good and i saw many people are online at that time. Would have try their coffee if only i come not at dinner time. I give the service very good due to we sit on the mezzanine area. Kind a difficult if you want to re order food.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Hadi H
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