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Phnom Penh restaurants, food & drinks

   ASIAN FOOD RESTAURANTS 
CAMBODIAN FOOD
Malis Restaurants
Add: 136 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
Price: mains US$6-12
Opening hours: 7am-11pm
The leading Khmer restaurant in the Cambodian
capital, Malis is a chic place to dine alfresco. The original menu includes beef in bamboo, goby with Kampot peppercorns, and traditional soups and salads.
It's popular for a boutique breakfast: the breakfast sets
are a good deal at US$3 to US$4. Book ahead for dinner.
 
Sleuk Chark restaurant
Add: 165 St 51, Phnom Penh
Price: mains US$3-10
Opening hours: 10.30am-3pm & 5-10pm
This place doesn’t look like much from the street, but venture inside for a dining experience that includes a zesty frogs legs and quails eggs in a sugar-palm and black-pepper clay pot, or a fish egg soup. Or test your taste buds with fried spiders or beef with red ants.
Romdeng Restaurants
Add: 74 St 174, Phnom Penh
Price: mains US$5-8
Opening hours: 11am-9pm
Set in a gorgeous colonial villa with a small pool,
Romdeng specialises in Cambodian country fare,
including a famous fish amok , two-toned pomelo
salad and tiger-prawn curry. Sample deep-fried
tarantulas or stir-fried tree ants with beef and holy
basil if you dare. Part of the Friends’ extended family,
it is staffed by former street youth and their teachers.
 
Boston Restaurant
Add: 54 St 172
Tel: N/A
Price: US$3-10
Opening hours: 7.30am-11pm
This is a sophisticated backpacker cafe, popular with expats and serving a range of Cambodian and international dishes. With enjoyable music, a wine list and some care given to presentation, it's a step above most dining options on the busy St 172 strip. Try the signature beef Wellington.
Bopha Phnom Penh Restaurant
Add: Sisowath Quay
Price: US$5-10
Opening hour: 6am-11pm
Also known as Titanic, it’s right on the river and designed
to impress, with Angkorian-style carvings and elegant
wicker furniture. The menu is punctuated with exotic
flavours – especially water buffalo – but there’s a
European menu for the less adventurous. 
 
The Vegetarian Restaurant
Add: 158 St 19
Price: US$1.75-2.50
Opening hours: 10.30am-8.30pm Mon-Sat
This is one of the best-value spots in Phnom Penh. All dishes are US$2.50 or under – and it doesn’t skimp on portions either. Noodles and fried rice are the specialities. The leafy setting in a quiet nook off central Sihanouk Blvd is yet another plus.
Psar Kabco Restaurant
Add: 5 St 9
Price: US$1.50-4
Opening hours: 6am-9pm
Located opposite the very local Psar Kabco
(Kabco Market), this is great Cambodian-Chinese
restaurant serving a panoply of street flavours, including noodle soups, point-and-eat curries and stews,
and Khmer desserts.
Kravanh restaurant
Add: 112 Sothearos Blvd
Price: US$3-8
Opening hours: 11.30am-10pm
A stylish Khmer restaurant under the stewardship of a Franco-Khmer, the linen and decor set this place apart from its neighbours. The menu includes traditional salads, scented soups and regional specialities.
 
THAI FOOD
Boat Noodle Restaurant
Add: 57 Sothearos Blvd
Price: US$3-7
Opening hours: 7am-9pm
Relocated to Sothearos Blvd, this long-running
Thai-Khmer restaurant has some of the best-value
regional dishes
in town. Choose from the contemporary but traditionally decorated space at the front or a traditional wooden house behind. Delicious noodle soups and lots of local specialities.
 
Lemongrass restaurant
Add: 14 St 130
Price: US$4.50-9
Opening hours: 9am-11pm
A higher-class Thai restaurant with a fair selection of Khmer classics. The prices are pretty reasonable given the look of the place. Splurge for the choo chee goong (ocean tiger prawns in red curry).
 
 
INDIAN FOOD
Taste Budz Restaurant
Add: 13E St 282
Tel: +85592961554
Price: US$3-6
Opening hours: 10am-2.30pm & 5-10pm
This pint-sized outfit with the curious moniker is one of
the best of Phnom Penh’s many Indian restaurants.
The speciality is Kerala (South Indian) cuisine, including spicy kedai dishes, which are divine. Order porotta (flat bread) on the side and dig in with your hands.
 
Dosa corner Restaurant
Add: 5E St 51
Price: US$1.50-5
Opening hours: 8.30am-2pm & 5-10pm
 Fans of Indian dosas will be pleased to discover this place does just what it says on the label – namely, a generous variety of savoury pancakes from the south. Vegetarian thalis are US$4.
JAPANESE FOOD
Jidaiya Restaurant
Add: 79A St 63
Price: US$1-7
Opening hours: 5pm-midnight
Set in the heart of 'Little Tokyo' at the southern end of
St 63, this feels like a little piece of Japan transported
to Cambodia when the staff shout irasshaimase
(welcome) as you walk in. Barbecued skewers are
cheap and plentiful and a mix of soba and ramen
dishes is available. Sapporo beer is just US$2 a bottle.
 
Origami
Add: 88 Sothearos Blvd
Price: sushi sets from US$25
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm & 6-10pm
This outstanding Japanese eatery takes the art of Japanese food to another level. It's expensive, but real sushi connoisseurs wouldn't settle for anything less. Set menus include beautifully presented sushi, sashimi and tempura boxes.
Sushi bar
Add: 2D St 302
Price: sushi sets from US$6
Opening hours: 11am-10pm
Purists will scoff at the low sushi prices, but it's always
packed for a reason. Definitely the best place in town for quick-and-easy raw fish. Sit downstairs at the bar,
outside on the patio or in private rooms upstairs.
 
Master Suki
Add: 7th fl, Sorya Shopping Centre
Price: soup from US$5
Opening hours: 9am-10pm
It may be a Japanese concept, but it has a very Khmer touch and is a great way to try chhnang dei soup (cook-your-own hotpot), with photos to help choose the ingredients. Great views as well. Additional outlets all over the city.
CHINESE FOOD
Yi Sang restaurant
Add: Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Tel: N/A
Price: US$6-20
Opening hours: 6am-11pm
The riverfront location is one of the only places in the city where you can dine right on the riverside, perfect for a relaxing sunset cocktail. The menu here includes a mix
of well-presented Cambodian street flavours like nam ben choc (rice noodles with curry), plus plenty of dim sum and some international flavours.
 
 Chinese house
Add: No 45 Sisowath Quay cnr St 84
Tel: +8552323991514
Price: US$ 12-20
Opening hours: 5-10.30pm Mon-Sat
Housed in one of the city’s true colonial-era masterpieces, Chinese House is worth a visit for the ambience alone. The relaunched menu promises contemporary Asian flavours. A 3-course lunch is available for US$12.50. Doubles as a chic cocktail bar downstairs, with regular music events..
Sam Doo restaurant
Add: 56-58 Kampuchea Krom Blvd
Price:  US$2.50-15
Opening hours: 7am-2am
Many Chinese Khmers swear that this upstairs eatery
near Central Market has the best Middle Kingdom
food in town. Choose from their signature Sam Doo
fried rice, trey chamhoy (steamed fish with soy
sauce and ginger), fresh seafood, hot pots and dim sum.
 
 Mama Wong’s Restaurant
Add: 41 St 308
Price: US$3-8
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
This brings a contemporary touch to the Chinese dining scene in the city, serving up traditional noodle soups, steamed buns and congee, but with mini burgers, sliders and more that mix Asian and European flavours. Good value, good fun.
VIETNAMESE FOOD
Ngon  Restaurant
Add: 60 Sihanouk Blvd
Prices: dishes US$3-9
Opening hours: 6.30am-10pm
A Cambodian outpost of the popular Quan An Ngon in Saigon, this place brings street food to a sophisticated setting. The concept is simple: just wander around the hawkers with their wares and choose the tastiest looking dishes – although it's also fine to order straight from the menu. 
 
Special Pho
Add: 11 St 178
Price: US$2.50-4.50
Opening hours: 8am-9pm
 Boasting a great location near the riverfront for good pho – the noodle soup that keeps Vietnam driving forward – plus dirt-cheap fried rice and fried noodles.
VEGETARIAN FOOD
 K’nyay restaurant
Add: 43 St 95, PhnomPenh
Tel: +85511454282
Price: US$4-7
Opening hours: noon-10pm Tue-Fri, 8am-10pm Sat-Sun
A handsome restaurant upstairs at the Terrace on
95 boutique hotel, K'nyay complements meat-infused
traditional Cambodian fare with a vegan menu and
prepares vegan lunch boxes for day-trippers. Try the tasty banana or pumpkin curry or drop by for an original health shake after visiting sweltering Tuol Sleng nearby.
 
Backyard Cafe
Add: No 11b St 246
Price: US$4-7
A cool and contemporary superfoods cafe, this is the place to check the pulse(s) of the vegetarian dining scene in the capital. Raw foods include stuffed avocado and a vegan abundance bowl. The mouthwatering desserts are also vegan.
Café Soleil
Add: 22D St 278
Price: US$2-4
Opening hours: 7am-10pm
Cheap-as-chips vego dishes like fried noodles, pumpkin curry, hummus and salads.
 
 
 
 
                                                                    WESTERN FOOD RESTAURANTS
 
FRENCH/ MEDITERRANEAN FOOD
Van’s Restaurant
Add: No.5,  St 13
Price: mains US$16-43
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm & 5-10.30pm
Located in one of the city’s grandest buildings, the former Banque Indochine, you can still see the old vault doors en route to the refined dining room upstairs. Dishes are presented with decorative flourish; menu highlights
include langoustine ravioli, tender veal and boneless
quail. Business lunches (US$15) include a glass of wine
and a coffee.
 
Deco restaurants
Add: cnr St 352 & St 57
Price: mains US$7-15
Opening hours: noon-2pm & 5-10pm
With an enviable setting in an impeccably restored '60s modernist house and a rotating menu of progressive European cuisine, Deco is one of Phnom Penh's most sophisticated restaurants. The menu might include duck breast or Kampot crab cakes at any given time, and the creative cocktails are legendary. Also serves craft beer.
La Residence
Add: 22 St 214
Price: US$15-100, set lunches US$15-30
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm & 6.30-10pm Mon-Fri, 6.30-10pm Sat & Sun
Princess Marie’s daughter Ratana has converted part of
the family home into this elegant French restaurant. Pass through the immense wooden doors and enjoy fine French food, including braised lamb shanks with raisin couscous, superb seafood, and steaks in Café de Paris sauce.
 
Topaz restaurant
Add: 182 Norodom Blvd
Price: US$5-25
Opening hour: 11am-2pm & 6-11pm
One of Phnom Penh’s original designer restaurants, Topaz is housed in an elegant villa with reflective pools and a walk-in wine cellar. The menu is classic Paris, including delicate Bourgogne snails drizzled in garlic, and steak tartare for those with rare tastes.
 
Comme à la Maison restaurant
Add: 13 St 57
Prices: US$5-9
 Opening hours: 6am-10.30pm
This attractive open-air restaurant under a thatched Balinese-style roof has an extensive menu of provincial French fare, plus pizza and pasta and enticing weekly specials. An on-site bakery makes this a good spot for delicious pastries.
 
SPANISH FOOD
La Plaza Restaurant
Add:  22B St 278
Price: US$2.50-10
Opening hours: 11am-2pm & 5-10pm
An authentic Spanish tapas bar in a snug shophouse on Golden St, La Plaza's wide-ranging menu covers the basics (garlic shrimp, Spanish meatballs) and adds Cambodia-inspired creations like boquerones del Mekong (small Mekong fish in vinegar).
 
ITALIAN/ PIZZA FOOD
Piccola Italia da Luigi
Add: 36 St 308
Price: pizzas US$4.50-9
Opening hours: 11am-2pm & 6-10pm
This is the place that kick-started the St 308 scene. A
bustling curbside eatery just like in Italy, Luigi's certainly
has a claim to making some of the best pizza in Phnom
Penh. Also has a small deli attached if you're in the mood
for some zingy antipasti. After dark, reservations recommended.
 
Genova Restaurant
Add: No. 10 St 118
Price: US$2.50-7
Opening hour: 10.30am-10.30pm
An authentic Italian streetside trattoria in the heart of Phnom Penh? You betcha. Friendly proprietor Roberto puts plenty of TLC into his pint-sized eatery, and the delicious food is fine value. Linguini in the ‘best pesto in Cambodia’ is the house speciality.
MEXICAN FOOD
Alma Cucina Mexicana  restaurant
Add: 43A St 454
Tel: (+84 4) 38266 288
Price: US$3-5
Opening hours: 7am-2pm
How real, home-cooked Mexican cuisine made its way
here we'll never know, but we're glad it did. The
scrumptious rotating menu might include chorizo
quesadillas one day, bistec encebollado (steak and
onions) the next. The
huevos rancheros breakfasts are legendary. Note the
limited opening hours.
 
Iviva restaurant
Add: 139 Sisowath Quay
Price: US$4-6
Opening hours: 10am-11pm
It doesn’t look like much, but this riverfront place has raised the bar for Mexican food in Phnom Penh. A bucket of margaritas costs US$5. It’s on the same strip as a potpourri of international restaurants if you'd rather window shop.
 INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANTS
Brooklyn Bistro Restaurant
Add: 20 St 123
Price: dishes US$3-17
Opening hours: 11am-10pm
A stylish American diner that points where the
Russian Market area is heading, this is incredibly
popular with Phnom Penh expats in the know. The 16in pizzas are the largest in town, plus there's a dedicated
menu of wings – as well as great deli sandwiches and
the best New York cheesecake we've tasted in this part
of the world.
Dine in the dark restaurant
Add: 126 St 19, Phnom Penh
Price: set menu US$18
Opening hours: 6-11pm
It's the Tea Garden by day (from 8am), with a verdant hidden courtyard and speciality loose-leaf teas, but by night the lights go out and the upstairs is transformed into Dine in the Dark. Choose from a set menu of Khmer, Western or vegetarian dishes and eat them in darkness with the help of your sight-impaired guide. A meaningful experience.
 
Exchange restaurant
Add: 28 St 47, Phnom Penh
Price: US$5-15
Opening hours: 10am-midnight
One of the grandest old French houses in the city is home
to this stylish bistro and bar. The menu takes diners on a global tour and includes some excellent sharing platters
with Mediterranean and ocean themes, plus some top imported steaks.
 
Aussie XL restaurant
Add: 205A St 51
Price: US$7-14
Opening hour: 9am-11pm
The name says it all: this is a place for serious stuffing. Super-sized fish, lamb, chicken, steak and about every type of burger imaginable is available. Weekends sometimes see pigs roasted on spits. Also the place for Aussie sports on the telly.
Lost room restaurant
Add: 43 St 21
Price: US$4-12
Opening hours: 5pm-late Mon-Sat
Located in the back streets of Bassac, look out for the symbolic key and you have found a hidden gem. The menu is all about small plates and sharing, so bring along some friends. Try the signature seared kangaroo steak or sea bass with goat-cheese tartare .