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“The best crab amok ever”
Review of The Democrat Restaurant - CLOSED

The Democrat Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $10
Cuisines: Cambodian, European, Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The best crab amok ever”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

The Democrat is one of the newest restaurants at the crab market. You can enjoy your drinks or diner sitting right above the water with the sound of the waves in the background. Both the Aussie owner and the Khmer staff are very friendly and the food is excellent. The chef cooked the best amok: delicately spiced and light like a mousse or a souffle; an exquisite dish to enjoy with a crisp Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Nothing is pre-cooked; all food is prepared on demand. So take your time and enjoy what is probably the best crab amok. If you come to Kep, you'd be mad to miss it.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank BrigitteBoo
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Tokyo
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good food, but very slow service”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Like all the other crab-market restaurants in Kep, The Democrat offers fresh, delicious seafood in a great setting, with seating right on the water offering sunset views over the ocean. The restaurant has an interesting theme -- it's decorated with campaign posters for past U.S. Democratic presidents. The Australian-sounding owner was very friendly, and my fish amok was delicious and beautifully presented. However, I waited over an hour for my food even though the restaurant was nowhere near full of customers -- something that didn't happen at the other three crab-market restaurants where I dined. The staff made no apology for this. Could be a great restaurant, if only they could speed up the service.

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank 71T
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Cambodia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Looked promising but didn't deliver”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

The above review written a week ago bears no relation to our experience at The Democrat last night.
The owner provided friendly service but the food was over priced, very ordinary and took over an hour to be cooked and served. There were 5 tables of guests dining there and we were all waiting that long or longer for our food. There was not a happy diner on the restaurant. With such strong competition along the crab market I would definitely give The Democrat a wide berth until they smarten up their act.
Value for money is very low.
Dont be fooled by the 'tempura' because this is a heavy greasy batter.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank friendnz
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Toulouse, France
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Wondrous Seafood”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

Sandwiched between Kimly Restaurant and Holy Crab, this new restaurant faces stiff competition, happily for them they have secured the services of one of the best chefs in Kep! This lady not only has had great training, her dishes tempt your eyes before your palate, she just intuitively knows how to blend the herbs and spices to prepare truly wondrous food. Highlights would probably need to include the entire menu, but of special mention - the seafood skewers, the crab amok, crab with Kampot green pepper sauce and the pan fried filet of fish. All dishes are freshly prepared, so be patient and enjoy a Bombay Sapphire G&T whilst you wait!

  • Visited February 2014
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1 Thank Clare V
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