Situated on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville is one of the only coastal cities in Cambodia. South East Asian Khmer cuisine is famous for being of good quality and very reasonably priced. Sihanoukville, however, offers more than just Asian cuisine, with an abundance of culinary specialties to choose from including Japanese, Italian, French and even Russian. Explore the culinary side of the city with our list of the ten best restaurants.
Situated at the end of Otres Beach, The Secret Garden is a resort made up of classy and comfortable beach bungalows, a bar and a restaurant offering superior fare. You don’t have to be a guest to dine here but you may want to be one, as breakfast can be served directly to your room for a heavenly start to the day. The menu includes both Western and Asian dishes, all of which are made from quality ingredients including produce grown in their own garden. The Secret Garden offers fine-dining at its best and a gorgeous view of the beach to accompany it.
Clean and classy, with an open front looking out onto the bustling street, Olive & Olive Mediterranean is a restaurant with satisfying food and excellent customer service. Providing a complimentary flat bread on arrival and a range of delicious Mediterranean dishes to choose from, Olive & Olive is a lovely place for any meal of the day.
Perhaps a slightly unexpected restaurant to find in Sihanoukville, Ryoma specializes in Japanese cuisine. With sweet little lanterns lining the decking and rustic wooden furniture, Ryoma has a pleasant laid back atmosphere. The food is cheap so it’s possible to order a few small dishes and sample a range of the delicious Japanese food that they offer. There are two Ryoma restaurants in Sihanoukville so no excuse to miss out, find them at the famous GoldenLion roundabout and on Serendipity Road.
Although it provides a menu comprising of mainly Western dishes, Holy Cow Restaurant has a lovely Cambodian charm due to it being located in a traditional Khmer building. Holy Cow’s food is tasty and well prepared, offering excellent vegetarian dishes, freshly baked bread and lots more. With homely touches and artistic decor, it’s hard to leave this restaurant – especially when the happy hour beer is priced at 50 cents a pint.
Five Men Fresh Beer is a microbrewery; essentially a beer hall with exquisite and tasty Cambodian food available to order. This is an entertaining and wonderful place to eat dinner. The meals are complimented by the fresh beer brewed in the factory – it is served straight out of the barrel without being fermented a second time. A very authentic place to experience dinner.
Warning – if you are an herpetophobe then maybe steer clear of this particular establishment. A bizarre concoction of services, Snake House comprises of a guest house, a restaurant, a bar – and even a crocodile farm. With Russian dishes on the menu as well as sushi, and glass-topped table cabinets containing live snakes, Snake House has pretty much everything needed for a unique and action-packed dining experience.
The Starfish Bakery and Café began as a non-profit organization which focuses on supporting the Cambodian people. They ensure that all of their projects are socially and sustainably viable and offer aid with water, sanitation and healthcare. A breakfast paradise offering a sterling cup of coffee, freshly baked goods and fruit platters, The Starfish Bakery and Café is definitely worth a visit. You’ll be supporting an organization that works towards a worthy cause.
Perfect for a meal on Sihanoukville’s beautiful shoreline, Treasure Island Seafood restaurant is situated next to Hawaii beach, but offers its own private beach to enjoy. Sample their Hong Kong style seafood; the catch is brought to the restaurants fresh from the fishing boats. With a peaceful atmosphere, Treasure Island Seafood is the ideal place to watch the sunset with a picturesque view reserved especially for customers.
Experience Cambodia’s fine-dining at La Villa Zentao’s quality restaurant. With experienced chefs specializing in both French and Khmer cuisine, any choice of meal is sure to satisfy. Situated in the beautiful grounds of the villa with a view of the grand architecture and swimming pool, this restaurant offers a tantalizing taste of the luxury experience offered to guests in the hotel – you might just end up wanting to book a room.
With unstoppable energy and passion, Dao of Life prides itself as an eco-vegetarian restaurant. Their delicious vegetarian dishes are made with fresh locally sourced ingredients and expertly prepared. With a chilled out vibe, this arty hang out is a perfect venue in which to watch a live band in the evening, or to attend one of their creative art workshops held on the rooftop. More than just food, Dao of Life is a real gem to spend time in whilst visiting Sihanoukville.