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“Lovely place - horrible food”

Restaurant Le Grand Cafe
Ranked #503 of 1,003 Restaurants in Siem Reap
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Cuisines: Khmer & Western. Good for great view of the busy intersection; the building and interior are authentic French colonial.
Reviewed 29 December 2013 via mobile

Came here drawn in by the lovely authentic colonial loos of the cafe and found a great table at the window on the first floor - amazing place. Felt for a some quick, non-Asian snack and ordered Croque Monsieur. Nothing special, nothing you'd think you could do much wrong about and something you'd expect to be decently served in a place that touts some French heritage in it's name and overall approach. Honestly never had anything worse than what they put on our table! Grease was running all over, the whole thing was just a pile of oily, greasy, chewy something that should have been a crispy toast plus a bit of ham and cheese. As we were hungry we munched in a third of the portion, then stopped. Should have refused at all as Montezuma's revenge had all of us who had eaten from it the next morning.

To be completely fair, satay and spring rolls were ok but nothing special, either.

A pity for such a place that must have been good at some time and still is a very beautiful place to be. From our experience: avoid!

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Thank bidione
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Le Grande Cafe *was* one of the most reliable, decent, well run, well located restaurants in Siem Reap, if not Cambodia, especially for the foreigner needing a taste of more than local fare. Alas, ownership changed long ago, and other than the name, nothing like it was before. Compounding the fact are those reading near five star ratings and either equating their experience like lemmings or giving into the lowest common denominator. ALL RATINGS BEFORE 2013 should be removed as they are for another restaurant, allowing them to ride on the previous owners hard work, attention to detail, quality ingredients, and reputation, to gouge tourists with unsubstantiated prices bringing another tourist trap to town. I forced down a giant cracker they called a pizza, and felt a twinge as Siem Reap lost another decent restaurant and hangout.

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Thank Phootthai_Maidai
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We stopped here for a coffee and ice cream. The second floor has great views and allows you to people watch. It really has a grand feel. While we didn't have a full menu, the cappuccino was amazing. To put this into context, I am a total coffee snob, a character trait I developed while in Melbourne.

The wait staff, while very friendly, did not seem to be to engaged and had some trouble understanding what should have been a simple order. It didn't help that a loud lady, presumably the owner, kept yelling across the restaurant giving instructions. Most of the staff looked disinterested. The bathrooms were pretty gross. I always wonder if restaurant owners who are unable to distinguish a nice welcoming bathroom from a pit, have the same problem in the kitchen.

Putting it this way, what keeps attracting me to this restaurant is the great second floor balcony.

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Thank DHWShanghai
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

delicious food, offering menu completely, right place to eat and share with nice view. i think recommended to people who stay or visit siem reap as right choice to enjoy the moments to find a great cuisine exactly to find best leisure

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Thank Ilham2013
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Reviewed 4 July 2013

food was great even though they run out few dishes. And Khmer food were so nice, they suggested to have raw beef salad even sauce bit to hot for me. But terms of location were very good, choose balcony when you can see pedestrian walk from above and next to old market.

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Thank tantiklam
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