The Toul Tom Poung area of Phnom Penh, commonly referred to as Russian Market, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with bars, restaurants and boutique stores mushrooming. Here are the 10 best restaurants to grab food at.
Following in the very successful footsteps of Piccola Italia Da Luigi on Street 308, the owners recently opened a second outlet in the form of Luigi’s, near the Russian Market. While the authentic thin and crispy Italian pizzas that made Piccola famous are served, this spot also offers undoubtedly the capital’s finest freshly-made pasta and a range of other delicious Italian-inspired dishes.
As a relatively new contender to Toul Tom Poung’s swelling collection of eateries, Agave Cocina specialises in authentic Mexican cuisine. And when we say authentic, we mean authentic. As well as taking in the familiar fajitas, burritos, nachos, tacos and enchiladas, the Oaxaca-inspired menu also boasts tlayudas, flautas, tamales and many other delicious dishes. A range of premium tequilas are also served.
This intimate eatery is in a quiet street in Toul Tom Poung, close to Russian Market. Serving up a simple menu with dishes such as killer fresh noodles, gyoza, spring rolls and tofu and kimchi, quirky Sesame Noodle Bar is open for lunch and dinner. The Mighty Thor Buns are a must-try.
Operating as a 100% plant-based café, Vibe Asia is popular with the capital’s health-conscious crowd. Heralding the “earth-to-table” approach, all food is ethically sourced and presented in a clean and creative way. The café also works with local suppliers of organic produce, and incorporates ingredients believed to have medicinal and healing properties into its dishes. An example is the Explorer Quesadilla, which features fresh sweetcorn, pickled beets, black beans, cashew crema, and guacamole.
Another Mexican option in Toul Tom Poung is Dos Besos, which is a relatively recent capital newcomer. The menu takes in all the classics, such as sizzling fajitas, Acapulco bowls, quesadillas, nachos, tacos and burritos. It’s also a great spot to grab a bargain lunch, with a set $5 menu.
Nestled in a tropical garden, this laidback eatery serves authentic and delicious casual Khmer cuisine. Boasting a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, Eleven One Kitchen cooks up a range of local treats, with a bargain set lunch menu to boot. As well as serving authentic fish amok, it offers a fish amok burger, where a fish fillet smothered in amok sauce is served in a homemade bun. Wash it down with a fresh fruit smoothie or coconut.
This casual burger restaurant and bar puts an emphasis on delivering healthy options that fuse together the flavours of the West with Asia. Think braised beef bao, pulled Asian chicken burger, chicken pho and wasabi tempura dory burger. It also distills its own gin and has a menu packed with creative concoctions.
This stylish but relaxed boutique restaurant, cafe and bar is another newcomer to the Toul Tom Poung scene. Dubbed a home boutique cafe, it is the perfect place to spend the afternoon chilling with friends, grab a bite to eat or meet for dinner. Specialising in Brunei delicacies, the menu spans dumplings, curry, beef rendang and nasi lemak.
A Russian Market stalwart, Cafe Yejj is a bright, bistro-style cafe spread across two floors. It uses organic ingredients in its range of dishes, which take in pasta, salads, wraps and a range of Middle Eastern dishes, such as tabbouleh, Moroccan lamb stew and falafel. It’s also a great place for sundowners, with a daily happy hour running from 4pm to 9pm.
This stylish hangout kickstarted the hipster trend that is sweeping across Toul Tom Poung. The intimate two-floor bar is stocked full of whisky, craft beers, cocktails and wines, with food also served in the form of a range of toasties, starters and mains. A stylish place to be seen, with chilled beats in the background during the evenings.