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“sad, cheesy slice of north korea”

Pyongyang Restaurant
Ranked #286 of 1,690 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 January 2017

went here for the show and dinner and, in some ways, its quite an experience. by luck we arrived right before the show. food was overpriced but the show was free. the food was standard korean, cold buckweat noodles, sweet and sour pork ribs, etc, and was pretty decent. the show however is the main attraction. its bizzare, like an 80s japanese pop music performance interspersed with random mini acts. the girls sing, play mozart on the violin, do some traditional dances etc, all choreographed to strobe lights and disco balls. they pretend to be happy and laugh the whole time, but you can tell they are not. in fact its known they are basically slaves and going to the restaurant is considered unethical by some, so three stars. im american and went to see north koreans with my bare eyes. one of the servers touched my hand during the meal. interesting.

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Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The waitresses are also the entertainers and talented entertainers in that....they sing...they play instruments. ...they entertained us at our table...

The food is a variety of North Korean and Chinese so you take your pick

The highlight is the entertainment which starts at 730pm so go early if you want to catch this session.... i don't know if there is one more session later on

Thank Julian F
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Food wise, I would say so-so and slightly over priced, ordered 7 dishes (nothing special) with a bottle of soju and cost us more than USD$150. Nevertheless people were mainly here for the performances, it was weird seeing these young and beautiful North Korean ladies performing all kinds of wonderful talents on stage at the same time serving the customers as waitress, poor girls.

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Reviewed 25 February 2016

We went for karaoke night, which was a live show performed by all the waitresses. It was really really fun. All of our food was exquisite. The drinks were great. I highly recommend this place.

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Thank Ariane C
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Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Our last night in phnom penh and our son who lives in the city took us here for our last evening dinner.

There is a mystery to this place that is hard to figure out. The ladies are dressed beautifully and are quite friendly. We ordered several dishes (stayed away from the meat dishes) - yes they serve dog - it was all very delicious.

We were the only caucasian people there - and it was almost a full audience. Mostly korean men consuming alot of alcohol and smoking. That alone was good entertainment.

Apparently the waitresses/entertainment are from North Korea and live on the premises and are not allowed to leave. It's an odd atmosphere. Entertainment starts at 7.30 and is excellent!

Definately worth seeing; it's not advertised in the city - it's by word of mouth that you come across it or by hearing about it from a local.

Felt very safe there - dinner was 55.00 for 3 of us including 6 beer, however we chose veggie dishes . (Some dishes eg. Eel was 35.00...).

A little pricey but worth it to see the show. No photos are allowed.

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