Vegetarians heading to Temple Town
won’t be left hungry because Siem Reap
is full of vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, offering a creative selection of tasty meals throughout the day. Here are five of the best.
Restaurant, Healthy, Asian, $$$
Set among sprawling gardens, Tangram Garden
is the perfect restaurant for that intimate candlelit meal or laid-back get together with a few pals. Half of the menu caters towards veggies, with dishes like vegetarian lok lak
and mushroom amok
giving diners the chance to sample signature Cambodian cuisine
– with a meat-free twist. Other options include aubergine and tofu lasagne and summer rolls.
Staff at Tangram Garden in Siem Reap | Courtesy of Tangram Garden
Restaurant, Healthy, Asian, European, $$$
As one of Siem Reap’s longest-standing vegetarian restaurants, there isn’t a whiff of meat of any kind in Chamkar House
. Shining a spotlight on Khmer cuisine, the menu is mainly made up of vegan delights, spanning dishes such as coconut mushroom dip with a crusty baguette; sweet potato and tomato soup, with coconut milk and cardamom; and stir-fried eggplant with loofah and basil. Fresh fruit juices and organic wine are also served. All ingredients are organically sourced where possible, with the restaurant supporting farming communities in the Siem Reap
Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
ARTillery is popular with the health-conscious crowd | © penny / pixels
Following in the footsteps of its popular sister cafés in Phnom Penh, ARTillery offers the best of both worlds, plating up meat, fish, and vegan options. High priorities here include sourcing ingredients from local farmers and using chemical-free and organic food where possible. All dishes are served with creative flair, right through from breakfast to lunch and dinner.
Restaurant, Healthy, Asian, $$$
not only rustles up healthy vegetarian food, it also houses a bakery and Fair Trade shop amid its leafy grounds. The menu caters for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, spanning Khmer, Japanese
, and Western dishes. Both the lemongrass stir-fried tofu with holy basil and the onigiri
rice balls come highly recommended. The café runs veggie cooking classes as well as a wide range of community programmes, from meditation and yoga, to monk chat sessions and free Khmer classes for budding linguists.
Restaurant, Cafe, Healthy, Asian, $$$
Vibe Asia is Siem Reap’s latest vegan-friendly eatery to open | Courtesy of Vibe Asia
Since opening in November as Siem Reap’s first 100-percent plant-based café, Vibe Asia has proved popular with Temple Town’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 Quacedilla, which features fresh sweetcorn, pickled beets, black beans, cashew crema, and guacamole – all washed down with a botanical healing tea, made from calendula flower, rose petals, and lavender. Vibe have recently expanded, and now have a new restaurant in Phnom Penh.