Phnom Penh is a foodie’s heaven, packed full of restaurants that serve up cuisine from all corners of the globe. The popular Boeung Keng Kang 1 (BKK1) neighbourhood is one place that’s guaranteed to whet visitors’ appetites with its wide range of dining options.
Nestled in a tropical garden, this laid-back eatery serves up authentic and delicious casual Khmer cuisine. With a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, Eleven One Kitchen cooks up a range of local treats — with a bargain breakfast and set lunch menu to boot. It boasts a spacious outdoor area with a large pergola, surrounded by scented tropical foliage, providing a roof and shade from the sun. There is also a large indoor space which can get busy at lunchtime.
This family-run restaurant, located in Anise Hotel, serves a range of Southeast Asian specialities, with a firm focus on Cambodian cuisine. This tropical paradise on popular Street 278 serves up all of the usual local dishes, spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner. These include a range of rice and noodle dishes, authentic Cambodian curries — which are much milder and sweeter than its neighbours — and seafood options.
Digby’s is a modern restaurant and grocery shop that prides itself on providing Phnom Penh with top-quality produce, ranging from meats and cheeses to bread and imported packaged goods. It is also home to a restaurant that serves up fusion food, blending the tastes of Asia with the West. Breakfast, lunch sets and à la carte dishes are served.
Also located in the heart of the backpacker stretch of Street 278, opposite Wat Langka, Samaky is a stalwart on the tourist dining scene. Specialising in Cambodian food, Western treats are also on the menu, so you can opt for both if you desire. This spacious, open-air eatery offers a breezy place to enjoy dinner before hitting the many bars that pepper the area.
If Mexican food gets your mouth watering, then there are plenty of options in Phnom Penh, with Mexicano being a stand-out among the pickings. The concise menu has a range of authentic Mexican offerings, including tacos and burritos. The margarita is a great way to wash down dinner, and the plump burritos are a must-try.
There’s no shortage of top-quality Japanese restaurants in the capital, thanks to its large Japanese expat community. If sushi is up your street, then head to The Sushi Bar, a spacious two-storey restaurant with outdoor seating and private rooms. The lengthy menu spans a range of sushi and sashimi options, bento sets, simmering dishes and noodle bowls. Of course, a range of sake is provided. This is a great place to go with a group of friends, order a load of dishes and start sharing.
Boasting a lush, leafy courtyard, complete with a tractor, free-range hens running about, friendly kitties and potted plants for sale, Farm to Table resembles a mini-farm in the heart of the city. As the brainchild of the team behind ARTillery, Farm to Table’s aim is to promote organic food and farming within Cambodia, boasting a range of healthy meals. If you fancy some live music to welcome in the weekend, then 6pm on a Friday is the time to go.
Fans of Italian food have plenty to choose from in the Cambodian capital, but Terrazza is our restaurant of choice. This upmarket eatery offers a true taste of Italy, with a menu packed full of dishes using the finest imported Italian ingredients (which are also stocked at the onsite deli). The menu takes diners on a culinary journey through Italy, with antipasto, carpaccio, pizzas, fresh pastas, huge salads, soups, risotto and a range of seafood and meat dishes available.
Phnom Penh’s dining scene sometimes takes a while to discover, with many of the best restaurants tucked away inside the complex network of small lanes and alleys. Bistro Langka sits on one such lane, off Street 51 between Streets 288 and 294, near Wat Langka. This cute eatery specialises in fine French cuisine sans the price tag, served in an unpretentious setting. The compact menu changes regularly, with a focus on serving fresh food that combines local ingredients with the flavours of France.
This classy rooftop bar and restaurant offers stylish surroundings and great views. Private seating is available, with plump sofas dotted throughout the sprawling venue. A range of signature cocktails are served from the well-stocked central bar, which also boasts a wide range of spirits, wines and beers. An extensive food menu is offered until after midnight. This is a popular spot with the upmarket Khmer crowd, and while it may be a slightly pricier option, the atmosphere makes splashing the cash worthwhile.
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