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“Little paradise”
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Beaches
Cuisines: Cambodian, Thai
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Reviewed 1 November 2011

Beautiful decor, great food and beverages and friendly English speaking staff.

The decor is like a white cottage on the beach. Magical place to chill out on the comfortable sofas and have dinner at a nice private table next.

We ate a delicious pad Thai and a good papaya salad. The mango juice was excellent too!

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Thank Cecilemonnier
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

My partner and I arrived in Siem Reap around lunch time, checked into our hotel and went walking. After passing quite a few restaurants, we decided on Beaches and we were so glad we did. We were initially drawn in by the funky furniture and decor, but immediately we were won over by the staff. During the day in Siem Reap its very quiet and it was about 1.30pm so we had the restaurant almost to ourself. The staff were all quite young, were polite and very attentive. We ordered Chicken Amok, some entrees and of course some beer. We were so relaxed, we ended up sitting there for a couple of hours, enjoying the atmosphere, cold beer and the service. Although this was our first meal in Cambodia - we knew the food was AWESOME!

We later met up with friends and did the touristy things in Siem Reap and on our last meal 2 days later, we all went back for lunch. (Our friends didnt really have a choice, we really, really wanted to go back!!) So the four of us sat, ordered lunch (chicken amok again, it was so good!), drank beer and enjoy the service. Just as our meals arrived, the supervisor of the restaurant came to ask if we were happy with our meals. Yes! After we had eaten and ordered another round of beers, we started up a converation with the Supervisor. We invited him to sit down with us and we spent the new few hours chatting with him and learning some of the history of Siem Reap, their experiences and the stories of their family from the Khmer Rouge period and just life in general in Cambodia.

Probably the most wonderful thing we learnt from sitting there was the story of the Beaches Restaurant. A wealthy investor from Bangkok had opened the restaurant earlier in the year with the aim of helping teenages from villages away from the city. The teenages apply and if successful are given a traineeship, acommodation and have their schooling paid for and work on weekends and during the evenings. We spoke to some of these young kids who were so greatful of the experience. One of the boys said he wouldnt have been able to go to college without this opportunity. They do also get a small salary on top of their uniforms and text books paid for too, and all share the tips as 'spending money'.

After sitting there for almost four hours, we asked for the bill, which was just $26 for the four of us, 4 mains, entrees and hours of beer!! We all decided to through in $10 each and leave the rest of the tip, and the poor kids were shocked! They told us it was too much money, but we told them they were worth it. It was probably the nicest day I spent during my 2 weeks in Cambodia. I recommend this place with my whole heart. The food is excellent too (we also went to Friends and Romdeng in Phnom Penh and this place beat them hands down!).

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