18 December 2017

 

5 best restaurants in Cambodia

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

Chef’s best Cambodian dishes

1. Malis

Chef’s best Cambodian dishes

Our favourite place to eat

For authentic local cuisine, look no further than Malis, one of Phnom Penh’s most highly regarded restaurants. Renowned Cambodian chef Luu Meng leads the way with beautifully prepared traditional and contemporary Khmer dishes. Try the exquisite Bang Kang Prahok Ktis with Fried Rice (prawns with a spicy edge and fresh coconut juice to you and me) and make your choice from the full bar and extensive wine list. With a sophisticated ambience and both indoor and outdoor seating, you can’t go wrong here.

136 Norodom Boulevard Phnom Penh

Tel: 023 221 022

For fabulous French fusion

2. Le Malraux

For fabulous French fusion

The beautiful Art Deco building is the first attraction of Le Malraux, with its hanging flowers, orchids and romantic ambience: however, it’s the gourmet French/Khmer fusion food that will leave you struggling to dine anywhere else in Siem Reap. The menu includes everything from confit of duck and salmon carpaccio to beef burgers. Child-friendly as well as being perfect for couples, it is located in the lively heart of the city – great for stopping off after tours of the temples.

On the corner of Sivutha Street, opposite the Night Market, Siem Reap   Tel: 855 063 966 041

Flavours of the world

3. Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Cambodia

Flavours of the world

Adventurers, locals and tourists cite FCC as the most atmospheric dining venue in Phnom Penh, with its unbeatable views of the Mekong River. A colonial-style meeting place, the former foreign correspondents’ club specialises in traditional Asian flavours and Western favourites. Feast on anything from beer-battered fish and chips and wood-fired pizzas to Cambodia’s national dish, Fish Amok. So whether you’re craving a taste of home or authentic Khmer, this is the place to go.

363 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh   Tel: 023-724 014

For buffets and brilliant entertainment

4. The Aspara Terrace

For buffets and brilliant entertainment

Whether or not you choose to stay at Siem Reap’s historic Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, don’t miss a night out at its Aspara Terrace. Set within serene gardens with stunning views, this is the best place to go for a top-notch buffet accompanied by classical Khmer dance. The Pan-Asian barbecue cuisine features delicious local dishes (the kitchen was given the royal cookbook by the former king!) helped along with pre-dinner cocktails. A truly authentic evening.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap   Tel: 855 63 963888

Dining with serpents

5. Snake House

Dining with serpents

Without doubt one of Cambodia’s most unusual dining concepts, Snake House is an experience within itself. Run by Russians, it serves their home-cooked favourites as well as French dishes, sushi and seafood. If you’re tough enough, you’ll love sitting at the glass-topped tables with live snakes, lizards and birds inside. The restaurant, which is also linked to a crocodile farm and guesthouse, features an array of vodkas, too – just what you’d expect from Russians in Cambodia!

Victory Beach, Sihanoukville, Cambodian Coast   Tel: 012 673 805

 
 
 
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