Mr. Sothea Seng, the owner and restaurateur in Siem Reap, was on the hunt for a unique location for his new venture. When he stumbled upon this traditional Khmer house near Charles de Gaulle, he knew it was the perfect spot. This elegant property used to belong to a governor of Angkor Thom’s Peak Sneng district.
The house is beautifully adorned in the Khmer style and retains its original features such as intricately carved wooden roof detailing and blinds. It consists of a spacious wooden upstairs area and a modern ground floor space that has been transformed into the main dining room, bar, and VIP air-conditioned room. To preserve its authenticity, the house has undergone meticulous restoration work while maintaining all of its original design elements. One noteworthy feature is an attractive leaf roof sourced from the Kulen Mountain region.
Chief Sothea, the young and energetic chef who also happens to own the restaurant, has always harbored a deep passion for food. With an extensive background spanning over ten years in local establishments as well as prestigious hotels in Dubai and the Caribbean, Sothea has gradually honed his distinct cooking style.
His culinary expertise has led him to establish some of Siem Reap’s most renowned dining destinations such as Nest Angkor Café, Hot Stone Café, and Palate Angkor. Furthermore, he played a pivotal role in developing Phnom Penh’s Italian eatery Contro before serving as the head chef at The Plantation restaurant.
Chief Sothea finds immense joy in crafting original dishes that draw inspiration from organic produce while prioritizing sourcing ingredients from top-notch local suppliers. This unwavering commitment ensures that each dining experience is nothing short of exceptional.