PHNOM PENH

Food & Restaurants

Food & Restaurants in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh offers some interesting culinary treats not found elsewhere in the country. These include French-influenced dining and Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian dishes. Pizzas, banana pancakes, and fried rice are always easy to find.

The river front hosts everything from stand-up stalls to fine French bistros. Stalls likely lack hygienic practices: eating peeled fruit and vegetables and anything uncooked may have undesirable consequences.


Exotic treats

Duck embryo eggs are sold at the southwest corner of Sokun Mean Bun St (St 178) and Norodum Blvd (in front of the green SSN Bldg) inside a big high school compound, together with days old hatched chicks to frogs (everything is eaten, not just the legs) dipped in batter and deep fried. Skewered and grilled pigs ears, chicken claws, and gizzards are sold in the Central Market. Pig intestines are sold at USD1 per 100 g, cut into pieces and splattered with sauce. Grilled small crabs, lobsters, prawns are also sold in the market. Chicken feet are sold in the open-air restaurants as you turn to the right at St 154 as you go northbound from Monivong Blvd. Bugs and other insects, especially the grasshopper, spider/crab, and grubs and pupae stage are sold along Sothearos Blvd from 184 St to 178 St.


Budget

  • 5555cnr St 13, St 154. If you like oysters come to this local street side eatery. 20 oysters for $3.5 either on ice or BBQ and jugs of Angkor beer for 6500 riel.
  • Aroma Chef (St 172, opposite Chat 'n Chew). A great eating place in the middle of St 172. Khmer and International menu, nice staff and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Asian Spice Cafe Pub79 St 111 (50 m off Sihanouk Blvd opposite Sport Shop). Cafe established in 2006 with a pub upstairs. Owned by a Singaporean, a former Intercontinental Hotel chef. Very popular with expats and tourists. Chinese, Malaysian, Singaporean, Western and some Khmer dishes. USD1.40-2.80.
  • Baitong Restaurant7 St 360 (Opposite the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP)). Authentic Khmer, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. They also have breakfast express and lunch buffet set around USD2–3.75. 2 large rooms can be used for conferences, training and other events and a smaller room for meetings and private dinners.
  • Camory Cookie Boutique167 Sisowath Quay (Between St 110 and 118), e-mail: . 09:00-20:30. A cafe-cum-development project that trains chefs and ploughs back money into humanitarian causes. The Sreh T'nout cookie, made from a rich combo of chocolate, nuts and palm sugar, is their bestseller.
  • Cavern Pub19 St 104. English-style pub with English-style food. Open 11:00-02:00. Great happy hour till 18:00. Live music/open mic night on Monday, British comedy night Tuesday, Live sport on the weekend.
  • C'est Wat Restaurant and Guesthouse9 St 118 (2 min walk from the riverside). 10:00-15:00. Check out the massive USD7.50 Sunday roast with free glass of wine, or the huge USD4 all day breakfast: pork sausages, back bacon, mushrooms, eggs, potato fritters, beans, toast, tea or coffee. USD0.75 beer.
  • Sony Side Up (formerly Chat 'n Chew)St 172,  +855 12 482302. Very popular with expats who hang out here. Owner Sony and his family are very friendly and helpful.
  • Comme a la Maison13 St 57. In a pleasant garden terrace. Laid-back but stylish French feel with warm service. Pizza and salads, ice cream desserts.
  • Red Chilli (formerly Dark Rose), St 228 (Just off St 51). Great BBQ pork ribs for just 7,000 riel a plate.
  • Evergreen Vegetarian House109 St 130 (Between St 15 and 19), e-mail:. 06:30-14:00, 15:30-21:00. Small restaurant with big selection of Japanese, Thai & Cambodian vegetarian food, with and without mock meats. Delicious and inexpensive. Air-con. USD2–5.
  • Feel Good Cafe (next to Flicks 2 cinema). Great cafe run by a Kiwi couple serving good coffee and food. Also offers cooking classes.
  • Cafe Fin (4memories), No 27Eo, St 506/135, Phsar Doeum Thkov, Chamkarmorn,  +855 97 682 8166, e-mail: .08:00 - 20:00. South of the Russian Market, Café Fin provides a tranquil environment where you can have breakfast / lunch / dinner and enjoy the view from the spacious and breezy roof terrace. It also serves as an ideal venue for breaks, meetings and functions. Its menu offers a range of Western food and Asian home-cooking specials, as well as a variety of creative drinks 5 - 20 $.
  • Halal Foods Mumina86 St (North side of the street, in front of South China Airlines office). Recommended are the Muslim restaurants on north of the Phnom Penh Hotel. Also, the guesthouses in this area are among the cheapest, offering USD4 rooms. This area is popular with the French and Brits as their embassies are located nearby.
  • Kathmandu Kitchen13 Long Nget Street 258 (South of the Palace, in the same street as Lazy Gecko and Okay Guesthouse, on corner Sothearos Blv.),  0235000485. Delicious Nepali and Indian food for reasonable prices in a restaurant setting with free water and condiments. 2-5 USD; veg. Nepali-style thali 3.5 USD.
  • K.K. TandoorSothearos Blvd (Opposite Vietnamese Monument, next to Pannasastra University). Moderately priced Indian food with chicken tandoori, butter chicken, and naans. Air-con. You can get draft beer for a dollar.
  • La Lotus Blanc402 Stung Mean Chey and 152 St 51 Boeung Keng Kang.French and Asian cuisines and quite a popular neighbourhood hub. The food is prepared and served by students from the PSE.
  • NOW Snack Shop69H St 101, Boeng Trabek Ward, Chamkar Mon (Near Rock Entertainment Centre, Royal University of Law & Economics),  +855 97 9498853, e-mail: . 06:00-19:00. English speaking staff will serve you breakfast, lunch, dinner, Vietnamese snacks, coffee, tea, shake, juice, fruit yogurt. USD0.50-2.00.
  • P&K Restaurant (formerly "Old Ponlok"), 319 Sisowath Quay Blvd. Khmer & Chinese restaurant on the riverside, Good service and authentic and absolutely delicious Khmer takes on Chinese cuisine, with everything in between. The beef tripe with teouk prahok is especially delicious. Apparently open since 1984 and quite popular with locals. USD0.50 draft Angkor. USD3–12.
  • Setsara Thai Restaurant3D St 278. Thai restaurant with a really good Thai chef, good music, reasonable prices and good service, though a bit slow sometimes. They have some good French specialties as well.
  • Tinat Restaurant (Corner of St 51 & St 154). Extensive local food photo menu at cheap prices, such as sweet and sour chicken USD1.75. Free rice.
  • Tom Yum Kung Thai Restaurant10 St 278 (In the BKK1 area), e-mail:. 07:00-22:00. Thatch-roofed Thai/Khmer restaurant, popular with locals and visitors alike. Big selection of authentically prepared Thai and Khmer dishes. As one might expect, the tom yum gung is recommended. Air-con upstairs, fans downstairs.
  • The Vegetarian11 St 200 (Oknha Men). Good daily special with white or brown rice and 3 small dishes. Most of the customers are Westerners. English speaking staff. Most dishes at USD1.50.
  • Warung Bali3D St 178 No. 25 E0, Royal Palace. Small, traditional Indonesian restaurant in a tourist area.

Mid-range

  • 50 Cents Cafe105 St 19 (Street behind Lux Cinema, close to the corner), +855 16 386094, +855 97 2226666. 08:00-22:00. Thai food, western food with affordable prices. Drinks such as cocktails, coffee, and soft drinks; fresh fruit salad, crepes, ice cream, quiet rest on cool sofa, artwork, and movie room. Free Wi-Fi. USD1.75-4.5.
  • Amok Restaurant & Cafe2 St 278 (Near Independence Monument),  +855 12 912319. Nice cosy décor, with open air dining. Traditional Khmer dishes and other styles. The classic fish amok is well done, and the servings are large.
  • Anise57 St (Near the corner of Sihanouk and 278 St). Comfortable, nicely decorated corner restaurant with free Wi-Fi and some good dishes from a varied menu, including SE Asian. Their club sandwich is excellent. Perhaps a little over-priced.
  • Atmosphere141C Norodom Blvd. Fancy French restaurant. Quiet on an ordinary day, but draws a regular crowd of expats.
  • Aussie XL205A 51 (Pasteur) St. About the only thing Aussie about this place is the owner. Foster's has, in keeping with Aussie trends, been banished from the place. But the food is very good and the wood-fired oven pizza matches anything found in Italy.
  • Bai Thong100-102 Sothearos Blvd,  +855 23 211054, +855 12 666390(mobile), e-mail: . 11:00-14:00, 18:00-23:00. French and Indochinese cuisine in nicely decorated surroundings. USD10-20.
  • Blue CatSt 110. Comfortable and friendly. Suitable for family dining with an international and Khmer menu, and a respectable wine list. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Brown Coffee and Bakery, 17 St 214 (Next to Old Pencil Supermarket), +855 23 217262. Great coffee with good barista. The bakery chef was trained at Cordon Bleu and the sandwiches are great.
  • Cafe Yejj170 St 450 (SE corner of the Russian Market, less than 15m E of the corner of St 155 & 450). Indoor and outdoor seating both ground level and second floor. Pasta, panini, burritos and Cambodian food. Participates in breaking the cycle of poverty by training women-at-risk as employees. Service very good. Very clean bathroom upstairs. Most dishes less than USD4. Sit inside if you do not want to be bothered by beggars.
  • Chenla Floating Restaurant219B Sisowath Quay (opposite the Paragon Hotel). Offers dinner cruises (set menu $8, departure nightly at 17:30).
  • Chez LippSt 86, very near Monivong. All you can eat, cook your own with table top "steam boat" style cookers. Prawns, squid, beef, chicken etc. $7.50 per person. Popular with locals, less known by tourists and expats. Beware the monkey near the entrance.
  • Chi Cha Restaurant27 St 110 (Near the riverfront in the café and bar area), e-mail: . Excellent and plentiful Indian food, vegetarian or not, in a convenient central location. Also has rooms from USD8.Set meals USD4.
  • The Corn26 Preah Suramarit Blvd (Norodom Blvd). Mostly vegetarian Cambodian food with numerous (excellent) vegan options and a friendly English-speaking staff
  • Le DuoSt 228 (Between Monivong and St 63). Italian food. Sicilian-born Luigi makes great pasta and pizzas.
  • EquinoxSt 278 (Near St 51). Pizzas, baguettes, burgers, pastas and some more Western specialities. Great indoor outdoor ambiance. Meat and salads come from a local organisation that teaches farmers organic growing methods.
  • Friends Restaurant#215, St 13 (50m north of the National Museum),  +855 12 802072, e-mail: . M-Sa 11:00-21:00, closed Su. Run by a NGO that trains and educates former street children. Western and Asian dishes, most of them tapas, so order 2 or 3. Nice garden terrace, stylish interior. Good choice of vegetarian dishes. USD3-6.
  • Frizz Restaurant67 St 240,  +855 23 220953, +855 12 845525(mobile). 10:00-23:00. Traditional Cambodian cuisine. The restaurant operates the Cambodia Cooking Class. USD5-10.
  • Green Mango Restaurant and Bar170E Street 63 (Corner of St 278, Boeung Keng Kang I),  +855 23 720470. Western, Khmer, and Mediterranean dishes. A good place for casual meet-ups with friends. Excellent Wi-Fi connection, great choice of music and friendly staff.
  • Jars of Clay39B St 155 (South of the Russian Market), +855 23 300281.Closed Su. Cafe managed by women. Great place to relax after a visit to the crowded Russian Market. English-style breakfast, quiches, sandwiches, soups, delicious cakes. Smoothies, ice cream and really good coffee and air-con.USD4-10.
  • Java Café56 Sihanouk Blvd. Soups, salads and sandwiches in a cosy setting overlooking the Independence Monument. Good vegetarian options. Has a rotating art exhibition.
  • Khmer Surin11 St 57 (South of Sihanouk Blvd). Romantic restaurant that serves delicious Khmer and Thai food. The traditional Khmer seafood dish, amok, stands out.
  • Meta House37 Sothearos Blvd (Across from the Australian Embassy),  +855 23 224140. Nice gallery, German pfannkuchen (flat pizzas) and interesting documentaries about Cambodia.
  • Metro Café (Corner of Sisowath Quay and St 148, opposite Riverside Bistro).Stylish fusion of Asian and Western culture. Air-con. Good selection of small tapas-style dishes from USD1 and a great steak for about USD12. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Nature and Sea (Corner of Street 278 and 51),  +855 12 879486. Relaxed restaurant on a 2nd floor rooftop opposite to Wat Langka that promotes health food. Delicious salads, crepes, juices. Try the passion fruit juice. USD3-7.
  • Paris Bubble Tea285-287 Preah Monivong (Not far from the New York Hotel),  +855 23 990373. Pleasant and has fun and refreshing bubble tea. Try the classic Pearl Milk Tea.
  • Penny Lane Café (Corner of St 111 & St 242. Not far from the Town View Hotel). Italian-style cafe with air-con and outdoor areas where they take great pride in their coffee. Free Wi-Fi.
  • Riverside Bistro273a Sisowath Quay (Corner of Street 148 and Sisowath Quay), 012 277882, e-mail: . 07:30-02:00. In an old colonial style building with comfortable outdoor dining and views of the Tonle Sap. Popular with local expats, tourists, and affluent Khmers. Try "root of lotus". Facilities include live music every day, pool table, 4 HD screens for sports, music videos (60's-70's era), Foosball table (table football), Free wifi.
  • The Shop, 39 St 240,  +855 23 986964, +855 92 955963 (mobile), e-mail:. 07:00-19:00. Popular place with a good selection of sandwiches, quiches, salads and freshly baked goods. Has a cosy and quiet courtyard seating area. Very good breakfast options. Less than USD5.
  • Viva la Mexico restaurant (new location October 2015), riverside. Great mexican restaurant. Try the $1.50 Viva frozen margaritas at Happy Hour from 11AM-11PM
  • Dine in the Dark (DiD)St 19 near St 172 (opposite LongLin GH). A great experience eating in total darkness. The service staff are all blind. The vegetarian option is not so great apparently. $18.

Splurge

  • 1021A, St 102 (One block south of Le Royal),  +855 23 990880. Probably Phnom Penh's top French restaurant, set in a modern, European-style surroundings. The food is quite competent and the onion soup is superb. Almost entirely undiscovered by tourists, but popular with Phnom Penh's moneyed elite, so reservations are recommended. USD30.
  • Caravan´s Italian Fine Dining#68, Sihanouk Blvd (20 meers from Monument of Independence),  023 966 600, e-mail:. Italian fine dining restaurant, Western cuisine. Excellent Wifi-connection
  • Le Bistrot4D, St 29. French and Italian in an old villa.
  • FCCPhnomPenh (Foreign Correspondents' Club), 363 Sisowath Quay,  +855 23 724014, e-mail: . 07:00-24:00. This Phnom Penh institution is in a renovated colonial building and its second-floor terrace offers sweeping views over the river, a Khmer-Western menu and a list of signature cocktails ($5.50): try the Tonle Sap Breezer or the Burmese Rum Sour. The decor and feel captures the eventful past of the city. The bar is open until midnight and a very popular nightspot on weekends. All that said, while famous and definitely worth a visit, it's pricy compared to most of the competition and service and timing tend to be haphazard. No air-con and rather spoiled by the unseemly gauntlet of touts one has to battle through to leave. FCC does particularly good desserts. USD20+.
  • La Luna d'Autunno4D, St 29. Italian food in a beautiful old villa with lovely garden setting, air-con inside.
  • Le Quay (Corner of Sisowath Quay & St 110),  +855 23 213582. Seating by a water feature or on the terrace, enjoying Phnom Penh riverside activities. Western and Asian dishes.
  • Le Wok33 St 178 (Near the National Museum),  +855 98 821857. 09:00-23:00. Delicious French and pan-Asian cuisine in a tastefully decorated venue.USD20+. Lunch special USD10.

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