SIEM REAP Cambodia
As others have noted, it's hard to find good food in Siem Reap. Partially because the tourist attractions are far out from the center of town. Partially because there are far more tourists than seats at good restaurants.
Note: if trying to eat at Cuisine Wat Damnak or Haven book a few weeks in advance or stay at a hotel that has some pull.
Khmer Kitchen (out at the temples faces Sra Srang). Competently done well balanced food. Stir fry was much more generous with aromatic herbs than back home (really enjoyable aspect), chicken was slightly tough. Curry had a slight funk (in a good way) and a pleasant richness from the coconut milk. 9 USD pp.
Chanrey Tree. Billed as 'the new face of Khmer cuisine' by Lonely Planet. Went for lunch and was OK. Atmosphere is Chic/Miami-like which heightens expectations for service. Service was a bit of a mess considering. Drinks (including water) didn't come until after the food - had to flag down waiters who were rushing up and down the stairs. Flavors were pleasant but vaguely SE Asian generic (eg some coconut some lemongrass) . Curried frog had a billion bones and was overcooked -flavors fine. 14 USD pp.
Had a nice lime ice cream at the Blue Pumpkin outpost at Artisans d'Angkor. 1.50 USD pp.
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