A growing collection of bars and restaurants are opening up to cater to the steadily increasing trickle of tourists visiting the idyllic island of Koh Rong Samloem. Here are some of the best.
Sweet Dreams Samloem
Restaurant, Bar, Asian, European, $$$
Sweet Dreams Samloem is a basic beach hut accommodation but features a porched restaurant area. With the friendly customer service offered by the Russian owners and all the food cooked fresh by them in their little kitchen, the quality of the food is impressive for the minimal facilities used. With an a la carte option for breakfast, customers can choose from eggs, pancakes, fruit salad, chocolate cake and a warming cup of tea or coffee. Their attention to detail and welcoming atmosphere makes this one of the best places to have breakfast on the island.
Sunset Bungalows' Restaurant
Restaurant, Bar, Asian, French, $$$
Located in the small but developing fishing village of M’Pai Bay, Sunset Bungalows is a small beachside resort comprised of a collection of bungalows. It is also home to a restaurant that overlooks the white sands and clear waters, and welcomes outside guests through its doors. Specialising in French and Khmer cuisine, the freshest ingredients are prepared by talented locals, who are overseen by a French chef.
Huba Huba Cambodia
Bar, Restaurant, French, European, Asian, $$$
While Huba Huba’s jungle bungalows may be located just off the beach, its restaurant and bar overlooks the white sands and turquoise waters the island is famous for. With a dazzling menu offering local, French and Western cuisine, Huba Huba has plenty of options to satisfy any appetite. And with it situated on Sunset Beach, it’s a great spot for sundowners followed by food.
The Fishing Hook
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Offering some of the finest and freshest seafood in the village, The Fishing Hook welcomes both locals and tourists through its simple doors. Run by Susan Parker and her Cambodian-American husband, evening meals consist of an eat-all-you-like buffet serving up the freshest selection of seafood and other dishes. And operating as a recycle restaurant, expect to get slapped with a small fine for leaving wasteful food on your plate. This is donated to the local medical centre.
Restaurant, Asian, $$$
For scrumptious bargain bites on a tropical beach setting, head to Erin’s Kitchen. Famed in the village for serving up a hearty selection of Khmer and Western food, it is popular in the morning for its breakfast dishes, which span fresh fruit, noodles, pancakes and fry-ups. It also offers lunch and dinner options.
Sun Island Eco Village
Restaurant, Bar, Asian, European, American, $$$
This delightful eco-resort boasts a restaurant serving up a wide selection of food from Cambodia and beyond. The menu is MSG-free, with all food cleaned and cooked in drinking water to keep any potential bad belly at bay. Seafood is the order of the day, with fresh food caught and delivered daily. Think mackerel wrapped in bacon with parsley potatoes and salad, and stuffed squids, green pepper sauce and rice.
Moon Light Resort
Restaurant, Bar, European, Italian, Asian, $$$
Offering fusion cuisine, this urban-style accommodation and eatery nestled on the beachfront boasts a menu packed with Asia-European food. And it is famous nationwide for its top-quality pizzas. The thin and crispy delights come with a range of toppings – perfectly accompanied with a glass of chilled white wine.
The One Resort
Restaurant, Bar, Asian, Northern European, $$$
The One Resort has its own restaurant serving up Asian and European cuisine throughout the day and night. Its beachside location means diners can spend the rest of the day lounging on one of the sun beds that dot the stretch of perfect beach, enjoy a massage at the spa, make use of the gym or take a dip in the resort’s swimming pool. It is also a child-friendly restaurant ideal for families.
Bar, Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Orchid resort is one of Koh Rong Sanloem’s premier resorts, which can be spied on alighting the boat from Sihanoukville at Saracen Bay. With a large terraced restaurant-bar overlooking the beach, Orchid Resort is a perfect spot to enjoy a drink whilst soaking up the infallible view. With an extensive range of drinks to choose from, this is possibly the best place on the island for a cocktail as they have one of the widest selections of imported spirits.