Whether you’re a tourist or an expat, the craving for Khmer food is just normal. You want to taste the Cambodian cuisine, but which restaurants in Phnom Penh that offer something authentic and local experience? There are many restaurants in Phnom Penh that advertise that they offer Cambodian cuisine.
Here are some of the best local restaurants you should check out when you’re in the capital city:
K.E Cafe (Khmer Enterprise)
Started by a Cambodian entrepreneur who aspires to bring home-made, healthy Khmer food to the world. One of its popular dishes is the Red Noodle, made of beetroots. Inside the restaurant and cafe, you can get a sense of local with the interior design and oldie Khmer instruments. Currently, there are two locations in the city.
When In Phnom Penh website also has a review here about the K.E Cafe’s second branch in Beng Keng 1. “I have been to the K.E cafe on Kampuchea Krom boulevard a few times, but not until I visited their new branch at BKK1 that I got surprised by what K.E has to offer. The step into the shop, K.E manifests the owner’s and our interest and love for Khmer style architecture.”
A very interesting story about this Signature Krahom Noodle Soup here in the Phnom Penh Post:
A little fishing around reveals the new restaurant’s speciality: red noodles (krahom means red in Khmer) made with beetroot juice. It’s hard to tell if the vegetable affects the flavour much, but they sure look pretty and their texture is just about perfect, providing the right amount of bite.
At first glance, you may not know that there is a nice restaurant on the second floor of the old building. But the hidden gem is there where you can indulge in a very Khmer setting of eating Cambodian food of Battambang. A full of review of Labaab restaurant here in our previous post.
Housed in a French-styled villa, Romdeng Restaurant has some specialty dishes like Fish Amok, Beef Pomelo Salad Fries, Curry Khmer Dishes, Spring Rolls Rice, and Fried Tarantulas. Romdeng is a fine restaurant for family lunch or dinner. This Phnom Penh restaurant is being run by Mith Samlanh, an non-profit organization that help street children.
Open every day (11am – 11pm)
#74 St 174, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tone Bassac restaurant
This is an interesting restaurant of many choices. If you want to eat more than just Khmer food, Tonle Bassac is the best restaurant to go. They offer buffet of Khmer, Asian, and Western food. One of the dishes you should not miss is Cambodian noodle with soups. Many of my friends and I also praise the good taste of the varietry of Khmer soups. These soups are quite unique with fishes or chicken and local ingredients. One of which is Cambodian curry.
Tonle Bassac restaurant on Mao Tse Tung boulevard map.
Tonle Bassac 2 map is here.
Khmer Thai restaurant
As in it’s name, this restaurant, near the Olympic Stadium, serves both Khmer and Thai food. Khmer Thai resto has a long menu of Cambodian food you can order. However, comparing with others in it’s class, this place is quite expensive.
I like this small Khmer food restaurant for its delicious dish of Cambodian food served in Cambodian way. You should order a set of vegetables with Kapi, Amok, grilled beef, and Koko soup. Kraya Angkor restaurant is near Beung Keng Kang market and school. It’s on street 63, house #60, in Beung Keng Kang district.