The food is excellent- freshly prepared with fresh herbs and attentive service in a beautiful setting.You can arrive by their boat or by taxi- take the boat if you have not been out into the river
The cooking school was just awful- We had high expectations having taken classes (small intintimate ones) in cambodia and Thailand so we are experienced in this. The class started in town with a "tour" of the market which was poorly done- the guide bought things for her baby and explained a few things when asked and then "stopped" to explain knives and spices with a vendor and tried to get the class to buy them. Honestly-
The same spices were not used at all in the class later which might have made it more palatable. One the 20 person class was shuttled onto an awaiting ferry (after waiting for them to congregate and the French ones to put out thei cigarettes) we took a 30 minute ferry to the location which is the same as the restaurant.(lovely) However we then could "order" a drink and we mulled around until we walked through the herb garden which is about 10 patches around the place with the usual herbs- nice smelling but no explanation of how they are used. We then went to the "classroom" where all 20 or so sat on chairs with out menu- they showed us with one chef (of course you could not see but had to watch through an overhead mirror) and then we were coraled to the stations where the gestapo chefs in about 1 minute of less for each dish let us practice what was already prepared (meaning mix it together) and then we quickly ate that (at our seats) and then jumped (like cattle being proded) to move onto the next item. We did three thngs in about 40 minutes- made a rice cake, a pancake anda spring roll. We then went back the the restaurant for dinner- (and of course drink menus) and after eating the prior thingd we really did not want to sit and eat with a bunch of tourists so we stayed but it just go weirder and weirder so we called a taxi and left ahead of the group
Insist on a cooking class with no more than 6 - we did not know this and felt like hostages at this class
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