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“Must try Cambodian in SJ, Japantown and Pruneyard”
Review of Chez Sovan

Chez Sovan
Ranked #169 of 2,206 Restaurants in San Jose
Cuisines: Cambodian
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Reviewed July 10, 2008

There are two locations, this one near Japantown (open for lunch), and another on Bascom just south of the Pruneyard (open for lunch and dinner).

The atmosphere is simple, perhaps even underwhelming, and you may wonder what you're getting yourself into. The service, too, while fine enough and very friendly, will not knock your socks off. But the food? It's just plain good.

Cambodian, as you might imagine, is like Thai and Vietnamese, but with its own unique wrinkles. If you're a meat eater, definitely order the yellow chicken curry. Similar to Thai yellow curry, but far better than any Thai or Singaporean curry I've ever had. It has perfectly stewed carrots, potatoes and falling apart chicken thighs in a slightly sweet, fragrant yellow coconut curry. Awesome! Also try the stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce (similar to pad thai, but oh so Cambodian).

We've introduced many of our friends to Chez Sovan and everyone loves the food. Next time you have a hankerin' for Krung Thai or Straits Cafe, switch it up and head over to chef Sovan Bounthui's place. Your date may not be impressed, but your taste buds will thank you.

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Pacifica, California
Reviewed June 21, 2008

Very consistently tasty Cambodian, good flavors, nice decor, bad lighting.

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Reviewed March 23, 2008

From what I understand this place has been around for more than 20 years at the same location and is open only for lunch 5 days in a week. There are quite a few dishes on the menu but my favorite are Amok, Chicken Curry, and Fish Stew.

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Santa Clara, California
Reviewed March 9, 2008

The beef satay and the catfish with tomato sauce are my favorites. Very friendly and quick service for lunch.

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San Jose, California
Reviewed February 28, 2008

Incredible curries, soup and stew but not the best atmosphere

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