Read what the press has to say.
Tripadvisor for the Café:
Great food wonderful staff and service
"Menaka is a great place if your looking for breakfast or brunch. They do amazing eggs benedict with a home made hollandaise unlike more places, the tea and coffee selection is good. So if you're looking for a place to relax over brekky either by yourself or with friends, this is a great place to check out."
Tripadvisor for the Lounge:
"Menaka is so unique in siemreap, it offers a quite place to relax with drinks while being so close to pub street. The speakeasy concept offers such an excitement and hype around the bar and the interior did not disappoint. The bar has great ambient and great cocktails. A great place to relax with friends and catch up!"
"A cultured speakeasy cocktail bar has arrived in Siem Reap. Downstairs is a cafe by day and upstairs is a hidden bar by night. The artwork pays homage to the golden years of Cambodia's music and film from the 1960s and the creative cocktails are available two-for-one from 6pm to 8pm"
"Menaka is all about the details. The walls are donned with handmade Hindu flower motifs from the Angkor Wat temple, along with locally commissioned paintings of album covers from Cambodia’s golden age of the 1960s and more classic touches such as Chesterfield-style sofas. “It’s a bit here and there design-wise, but ultimately, we want to show tourists what Cambodia is,” says Nam."
Phnom Penh Post
"The house cocktails ($6) are also divided into these three “historical” categories – with the present labelled “The Great Era” – on cloth menus meant to look like royal decrees of the past. He recruited Annemarie Sagoi, the mixologist behind Phnom Penh’s Le Boutier, for some cocktail consultancy. “So what we want to do is create a cocktail that really belongs in Cambodia and in the landscape, with continuity from the temples,” he says."
Dans un contraste plutôt choquant avec la beauté et la sérénité des temples de la région d’Angkor se trouve la bouillante et bruyante Pub Street, ou rue de la soif, comme l’appellent quelques expatriés de longue date. Toutefois, un jour, Vissoth Nam, franco-cambodgien de Paris, et propriétaire du bar à cocktails Menaka Lounge, a décidé de changer la donne et d’offrir une alternative douce à la cacophonie de Pub Street pour ceux qui veulent boire un verre en toute décontraction. ”…Nous offrons aujourd’hui à la ville de Siem Reap une certaine alternative, loin de la folie de Pub Street et des buckets cocktails…”, explique le jeune entrepreneur.
The Gin Bible
Inside, the bar was dark and a little bit sexy, beautifully decorated with rich, polished wood and dark, inviting leathers. Their menu boasts a plethora of cocktails with a handy little rating of how sweet, sour, refreshing or strong each one was. Naturally, and pretty unsurprisingly, D jumped at the chance of something sweet, and A opted to sample a more ‘classic’ cocktail. If you ever find yourself in Siem Reap, we urge you to keep your eyes peeled for the discreet signs, and we promise that the treasure at the end of the trail is well, well worth it!