Food & Restaurants in Siem Reap
Eating options span the full spectrum of tastes and budgets from the rudimentary Asian staples and pizza to authentic Khmer and sophisticated fine-dining featuring exotic local ingredients. The highest assortment of restaurants are in few blocks north of the old market, but there are appetizing alternatives along Wat Bo Rd and hidden in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Old Market area
Though Pub St is better known for its bars, a handful of places serve great food, many with seating upstairs so you can escape the partying milieu on the street below. Crammed along The Alley is a wider selection of restaurants that offer a generally quieter and more intimate experience. The local restaurants lining Phsar Chas have extensive, yet near identical, menus of cheap fried rice and Westernised approximations of Khmer dishes. At dusk the Kindergarten on the corner of Street 8 and 11 becomes a jumble of small BBQ stalls, replete with billowing smoke, noise, and the persistently entreating peddlers. The phnom pleurng here is the cheapest you will find.
- L'Annexe French restaurant, Sok San Road 17259, , e-mail: [email protected]. 16.00-22.30. French food. Exquisite cuisine made by a passionate chef, who prefers excellence and quality before all. Subtile and creative cuisine in a friendly atmosphere, Bringing authentic French cuisine, wines and hospitality to Siem Reap USD4.50-17.00.
- Chusska, Street 7, . The only pure Indian vegetarian restaurant in Siem Reap.
- Common Grounds Restaurant (American Coffee Shop & Cafe), #719, St. 14 / Mundol 1, Khum Svay Dangkum (Behind Central Market, across street from U-Dara Guesthouse), . M-Sa, 07:00-20:00. Serving Western dishes; chicken tenders, grilled cheese, crispy chicken apple salad, German chocolate cake, seasonal muffins, cinnamon rolls and some Asian dishes. All profit goes to fund local humanitarian projects through NGO People for Care & Learning. Air-con & high speed Internet. USD3-7.
- Curry Walla, Two locations Sivatha Blvd & Night Market Rd, . Authentic vegetarian & non-veg Indian food.
- Ecstatic Pizza, #072 2 Thnou St (across from the Provincial Hospital), . 07:00-24:00. Italian and Khmer food. Has been operating since 1994. Many kinds of pizza and pasta dishes. You can request your own pizza with either thin or thick crust. Western & English-style breakfasts any time. Fruit shakes, soft drinks, draught beer, wine. Free delivery available.USD3-7.
- Fresh at Chilli Si Dang (Fresh), East River Rd (next to City River Hotel), . 07:00-14:00. Beautiful riverside garden out of the hustle and bustle. Local and Western food, play pool, relax on the balcony and use the free Wi-Fi with sunset views. Friday quiz, Saturday BBQ, Sunday roasts, specials everyday. USD3.
- Happy Herb Pizza, #069 Mondul 1 Khum Svay Dangkum. 07:00-24:00. One of many nearly identical "happy" pizza shops in a row in Siem Reap. Menu of Khmer, Italian food and reasonably priced pizza. But of course the draw is to ask for your pizza to be "happy" for the special ingredient, though unfortunately since the amount used is minimal, a happy pizza is more a novelty item than a party. If you are looking for the special ingredient instead of a meal, you may order pre-made or in a bag for take away. USD3-7.
- McBuddha Restaurant (Off Sivatha Blvd, on the road that goes to Artisans d'Angkor), , e-mail: [email protected]. Open seating, and the restaurant is run by a local Khmer family who serve everything with a warm smile. The owner used to be a tuk-tuk driver, he speaks English and can give you tips on places to see. The menu is extensive with Khmer and Western offerings, all cooked to order. USD2-7.
- Maharajah Restaurant (Royal Indian Cuisine Halal), Sivatha Rd (Old Market Area , Front Of Terrasse Des Elephants,), . 11:00-22:00.Fresh, hygienic and authentic preparation. They use real Indian spices and most of the food is Halal. Takeaway or home delivery is available. USD2-7.
- Mother Earth Restaurant (Fresh, organic middle eastern Cuisine), a07 Sivatha Rd (near Angkor market l), . 10:00-22:00. Fresh, organic, homemade and healthy. All ingredient for the kitchen are claimed to be from organic farming, they serve great salads, hummus, falafel, shakshuka, and kebab, all home made, fresh and healthy. Kidush every Friday at sunset.USD2-5.
- New Delhi Indian Restaurant, #070 Mondol 1, Svaydangkum Commune(opposite the provincial hospital north of Pub St), . , Indian dishes on the menu with many Indian specialties. All their dishes are authentic and prepared to order. From USD4.
- The Purple Elephant, Soksan Rd (Head straight up Soksan Road, over the cross road and continue about 200 m, on the left), , e-mail:[email protected]. 11:00-late. Thai restaurant and bar. It's a little out from the centre, but worth the walk. USD1-5.
- Taj Mahal, Street 11 (near Pub St). Classic Indian dishes. All the food is halal.
- Tuchner's Eatery, #075 Mondol 4, Svaydangkum Commune (beside the provincial hospital), . Savoury dishes on the menu including rice boxes, paninis, salad bar and fresh cut fries. From USD8.
- Butterfly Garden. Vegetarian restaurant serving Western and Cambodian food. Vegan options available. In a quiet street (opposite Karavansera Hotel). A few butterflies though their stock is sadly depleted
- Chamkar, The Passage, Off Pub St. Vegetarian restaurant with Cambodian food and numerous vegan options in the lively Pub Street area
- Father's Restaurant, Central Market, , e-mail:[email protected]. 08:00-22:00. The menu diverges from the usual with fairly authentic Khmer and Chinese foods. The Western menu is not nearly as intriguing. Free Wi-Fi. Fried noodles: USD2; pure fruit shakes: USD1.
- Singing Tree Cafe, Entrance of Alley West. An unusual place combining home-style cooking with environmental displays. Large mostly vegetarian menu comprised of both authentic Khmer food and grilled sandwiches and fresh salads, juices, and shakes. USD2-5.
- Sunflower Restaurant, 2 Thnou St (north of Street 7), .The restaurant looks simple but the Hong Kong dim sum, Vietnamese pho and Chinese wonton soup provide a welcome variation from what you find elsewhere. USD2-7.
- Viva (Corner of 2 Thnou St & Street 9), . A bright orange Mexican restaurant. Burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas are reasonably authentic considering the location. They have some Khmer dishes if you want to eat more local food while enjoying the view over the balcony. USD2-6.
- La Volpaia Pizzeria Restaurant, #20-22, St 13, . M-F, 11:30-14:30, 17:30-22:00; Sa-Su, 11:30-22:00. Italian-style cuisine specialising in pizzas, pastas and grilled steaks. Air-con dining room, VIP rooms, outdoor and garden seating. USD5-17.
- Aha, The Alley. Lunch, 11:30-14:30, Dinner, 18:00-22:00. The stylish interior with Khmer and international dishes. Some say the taste doesn't quite meet those standards, but where else can you eat dried snake in such surroundings?USD7-18.
- L'Angelo (Le Meridien Hotel). Probably Siem Reap's most daring restaurant, serving fusionesque Italian cuisine like foie gras on a bed of white asparagus and balsamic vinegar ice cream in a setting so achingly modern that the only decoration is a cloud of black dots on the white wall. A full meal with a glass or two of wine on the side costs around USD100 for two.
- Le Malraux, Sivatha St. French cuisine and Khmer specialties, all made with local and fresh products. Central city location that opens early in the morning for breakfast.
- Meric at Hotel de la Paix, Sivutha Blvd. Acclaimed by some as the best Khmer restaurant in all Cambodia, it is set in a chic hotel with a minimalist modern feel. The chefs source the freshest and strangest) ingredients to build their multi-course seasonal menu (USD31+ optional wine pairing USD16+). A typical set will include dried snake salad and grilled frog. Arrive before 21:15 for the 4 course fixed price Khmer meal with wine selection. Sit in air conditioned comfort, or outside tables and lounge furniture. The hotel also has a modern bar with local art displayed.
- The Red Piano, Pub St. 2 floors. Serves a variety of Italian and other European food with Britney Spears music videos in the background.
Wat Bo Rd and environs
Outside of the main part of town in the sometimes dusty neighbourhood streets and area along Wat Bo Rd are some trendy restaurants and small local places serving the most authentic Khmer food.
- Green Star, Wat Bo Rd (At the south end of Wat Bo Rd, on the terminating street), . Some say it's not the most authentic Khmer or Asian food, though still tasty and well prepared. That it supports the Green Gecko Project might be enough to convince your tastebuds to compromise just this once. (probably closed) USD2-6.
- Madam Beergarden Under Construction ("Under Construction" is part of the name) (Wat Bo Rd, across from Soria Moria Hotel), . 11:00-14:00, 17:00-24:00. Thai and Khmer food in a nice atmosphere. Enjoy the garden or sit inside in funky environment. Cocktail, draft beer and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner. USD1.50-5.
- Silk Lounge, Taphul Rd (S end, opposite The Villa Siem Reap). 07:00-22:00.The menu might be short but the flavour and presentation of their Cambodian and pan-Asian dishes won't leave you feel like you're missing out on anything. The Cambodian curry, Singapore chicken rice, and beef soup stand out. The daybed style lounge seating is OK if you are limber but they have some regular tables if you prefer to eat sitting upright. (probably closed now) USD2-4.
- Selantra Restaurant, #0729, Wat Bo Rd (Opposite the French Cultural Centre), . 10:00-22:00. A limited menu of well-presented Khmer dishes and food from elsewhere. Stylish setting. USD3-18.
- Viroth's Restaurant, #246 Wat Bo Rd, . Stylish Khmer restaurant that is often so full you will have to wait for a table. The extensive menu is a mix of Khmer and Asian-esque dishes and with some vegetarian options. Some say the food is not spicy enough but the outdoor setting is nice if it is not raining. USD5-8.
- Georges Rhumerie restaurant, Voat Damnak, next to quad adventure, , e-mail: [email protected]. from 6PM , closed on Sunday. Georges rhumerie restaurant is consider as a perfect escape from the crowd of Pub street and a perfect break of Asian food with his yummy Creole Fusion dish and the nice Cambodian touch coming from the home made chilli and chutney.The cocktail are one the greatest due to the use of the Georges infused rum! 3 to 8$.
- Alliance Art Cafe, Wat Damnak Rd. In a French colonial building built in 1953, on the former grounds of the French Cultural Centre. The cafe offers both French and Cambodian dishes within an art exhibition space. The food is good and it has a very stylish ambience. A good choice for a romantic meal or a business dinner. USD15-25.
- Cuisine Wat Damnak, Wat Damnak Market St (Behind Wat Damnak Pagoda, between Psa Dey Hoy Market and Angkor High School), , e-mail: [email protected]. Tu-Su, 18:30-21:30, closed M. French food with Cambodian influence. Only has two tasting menus, no à la carte dishes. Indoor and outdoor seating. $19-$26.
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