Malis -Phnom Penh

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Malis is a high end style restaurant, with a beautiful setting..Malis owner, Luu Meng, was also named Asias top chef in 2014.

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Complimentary snack.

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Shellfish in tamarind sauce. It was ok.

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A different variety of coconut was used compared to what you normally get around Cambodia.Typically they are green, and larger. Quite refreshing, and plenty to drink.

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King crab. Very well cooked, plenty of meat. Most of the flavour/sauce was hidden down the bottom though, and I wish it had been evenly dispersed around the crustacean. Otherwise a good dish.

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Jasmine flower infused mousse with hints of Cambodian honey and ginger, circled with fresh seasonal fruits.

I had high expectations of a restaurant like Malis after reading all the reviews. The ambiance, decor, setting, and attention to menu detail – could not be faulted. The food was also great. The service was good. However, as with fine dining establishments, it had a certain air of snobbishness/pretentiousness about it. Although the service was good, it was a little robotic, as is the same case with the food unfortunately. Sure, it was cooked well, but it lacked character and flavour. I had high expectations, and wanted to write a good review, but Malis fell short, just.

 

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