Following years of war and genocide, much of Khmer gastronomy disappeared. Chef duo, the “Kimsan Twins” (Kimsan Pol and Kimsan Sok), were determined to revive the lost flavours of Khmer cuisine and wanted the world to have the opportunity to re-discover the rich flavours of the Kingdom of Wonder. The chefs began to research and delve into the national archives, seeking forgotten recipes and ancient methods, and even put themselves through training with a former staff member of His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk’s cooking team. The Embassy restaurant opened just two years later in 2015, aimed at providing diners with an adventurous eating experience and a new way to discover Cambodian gastronomy. The kitchen serves traditional Khmer cuisine with a twist. All dishes are inspired by and use seasonal local ingredients, found in the different provinces of Cambodia at varying times of year.
The Kimsan twins opened their restaurant with only female staff at the helm, showcasing their desire to promote the strength and talents of the women of Cambodia. Their passion for cooking and extensive experience has taken them across different continents, and through various competitive events as well as working under the guidance of different Michelin-starred Chefs.
The 7-course set menu at the Embassy changes each month to work with the seasonal produce and provide the very best of their cuisine. Meals can be paired with matching wines.
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“While not being real twins, the Kimsan “twins” are what we could call soul sisters. Their respective mothers were the ‘village cook’, a famous position in Cambodian towns. The village cooks are recognised for their culinary talents and sought for the weddings, funerals, or any kind of ceremony that happens in the surroundings. Kimsan Pol and Kimsan Sok grew up watching their mothers work with fascination, even though becoming chefs was not initially their dream. In 2002, they both became part of the first promotion of the two prestigious hospitalities schools of Siem Reap: Ecole d’hôtellerie Paul Dubrule and Sala Bai. This marked the starting point of their careers. After various experiences in luxury venues in Cambodia and abroad, they decided to open the Embassy restaurant in 2015. Both women were born with a common passion for their country, and a burning desire to revive Khmer gastronomy and show the world the uniqueness of Cambodian flavours. Using the best local produce, they are always in search of providing the highest quality to their guests. To keep improving and finding new inspiration, the Chefs Kimsans participate to various competitive events, and train every year with Michelin-starred Chefs all around the world. The Embassy aims at becoming the reference in terms of Khmer gastronomy.”
The restaurant supports two educational NGOs: Ecole d'hôtellerie et de tourisme Paul Dubrule, and Sala Bai, maintaining a very close relationship with both schools.
The two schools provide top quality education and training to young people in Cambodia. While they do not have the same approach, both train students in kitchen, service, housekeeping, and reception. They offer brilliant careers to students in the hospitality industry. Sala Bai helps the most underprivileged young Cambodians. Each year, they go in the countryside to meet families in needs and present the school. They offer for free the training of 100 students every year. In total Sala Bai has trained more than 1500 students. Ecole Paul Dubrule targets all young Cambodians. The training is to be paid for. It is a way of involving families in the success of the students. Ecole Paul Dubrule has trained nearly 3000 students. Nearly all students from Sala Bai and Ecole Paul Dubrule get a job immediately after graduating. The level of training is excellent. As members of the first opening of both schools, and following their success, Kimsan Sok and Kimsan Pol have became iconic sources of inspiration for new students. They regularly go to the schools to meet and discuss careers with the students, eat at the school's restaurant to support and give their feedback, and support the students in all the events they organise throughout year by cooking for their guests, be it fundraising events or gala dinners with international Chefs.
“Embassy offers a unique, historical and exotic perspective on Khmer cuisine. Under the creative supervision of the Executive Chef team, the Kimsan sisters, their shared vision is the use of only local, seasonal ingredients in their food, and to provide Khmer women with the opportunity to learn and excel, in a kitchen operated by a team of female staff.”
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ឡើងស្តានថ្លុ រំគ្គដិណ្ឌាតំ បត់ច្ចេង
Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Currency accepted: USD, KHR
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ACCESSOpposite the old market, across the Siem Reap River, on street 27.
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CONTACTStreet 27, Kings Road Siem Reap 17000 Siem Reap, Cambodia