Restaurants & Bars

Chez Sovan, Campbell

Yvonne | Jul 8, 2002 04:08 PM

I’ve seen many recs for this Cambodian restaurant on this board but haven’t seen an actual review. Although I don’t know much about Cambodian food, here’s my take on it.

My bf is Cambodian American and we frequently eat at Battambang in Oakland. Since we were down in the South Bay, I wanted to introduce my parents to Cambodian cuisine, especially because I’d been looking forward to trying this oft-recommended restaurant. I found all the food to be as good, if not better, than Battambang.
Everything was great:
beef salad (plear sachko): wonderful melding of flavors
same salad but with prawns: not as good as the beef version
beef satay
stirfry of chicken with vegetables in a slightly spicy sauce
fried catfish fillet with some sort of minced meat over it
beef laap (Cambodian version of Thai larb)
delicious fried rice, which the waiter told us was made from rice steamed in chicken broth
Fried banana with coconut and mango ice cream

The staff were all very nice and competent. Free refills for the sodas were offered. The surroundings were beautiful, with murals on the walls and a stone-like relief against one wall. I especially liked the fact that the dishes came in the choice of large or small portions. I thought that the prices were extremely reasonable, $81 pre-tip for a meal that fed 5 adults and 2 kids with some leftovers.

We went to the location in Campbell but a google search turned up one in San Jose as well.
Chez Sovan
2425 South Bascom Ave.
(408) 371-7711

Chez Sovan
923 N. 13th St.
San Jose
(408) 287-7619

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