Since 2011, chef Johannès Rivière has been tempting, surprising and pleasing diners at Cuisine Wat Damnak, his marvelous Cambodian fusion restaurant in Siem Reap. The restaurant features frequently changing tasting menus showcasing lesser known Cambodian dishes and with unexpected flavor combinations. The focus at Wat Damnak is not on traditional Khmer food, but rather, new ways to use locally sourced, seasonal produce, such as Tonle Sap croaker and kuy fruit. The setting is refined, and a choice selection of reasonably priced wines pair well with Cambodian flavors.
Chef Rivière's long experience in the region--he developed tasting menus at Siem Rieap's Hotel de la Paix, and headed culinary classes at Sala Bai Hotel and Restaurant School--make him the ideal guide to contemporary Cambodian food.
A meal at Wat Damnak is a dining experience worth traveling for!