Last updated on February 6, 2019
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 the Cambodian capital that advertise that they offer Cambodian cuisine.
Where to Eat Khmer Food in Phnom Penh
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.
#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.
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.
Labaab Restaurant: Asian food in Phnom Penh
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.
Looking for a local restaurant to dine in a beautiful atmosphere? Check out Labaab restaurant on Monivong Boulevard, just opposite to the Canadia Tower. The interior design is so local. If you want to taste the Mekong cuisine, Labaab restaurant is the ideal place to check out. You can order Thai, Vietnamese or Battambang (Khmer) food.
Most customers love Labaab for the fact that:
- the prices are so reasonable.
- the service is fast and good.
- food is a good mix of Khmer and Vietnamese cuisine. Tastes like a home cooked meal.
- nice decoration and convenience for meeting. Relaxing atmosphere with nice scenery.
- the interior decoration and design are just beautiful and the Cambodian cuisine is very innovative.
— Julie Chung (@juliechungfso) July 8, 2017
Labaab Restaurant brings to you Mekong home-cooked cuisine in a Khmer house design setting in the middle of Phnom Penh city center.
Best Noodle Restaurants in Phnom Penh
There are times when you feel like eating good noodles. In Phnom Penh, these are some best places to eat delicious noodles. In this review, you’ll find some great choices, from Cambodian to Chinese to Thai noodles at restaurants in this vibrant city. So I eat steamed rice for every meal and everyday. Knowing the best places for a dish of delicious noodles is a way to taste something different.
Red Noodle at K.E Cafe (by Khmer Enterprise)
Here are some of the best local restaurants you should check out when you’re in the capital city:
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:
This local restaurant has a signature dish called Red Noodle (Krohorm noodle). Made of beetroots, the Red Noodle is a simple statement of healthy food made locally. More about this locally-run cafe & and restaurant here in our previous review.
Yosaya Thai Food: Best Cheap Eat in Phnom Penh
I went to this Yosaya Thai Food, a small Thai family-run restaurant in Phnom Penh, with friends last month. The food was so good I decided to come back again. At first glance, you may not notice much that this Thai restaurant serves authentic Thai food. But you may be surprised when learning that the chef once served at Thailand’s Royal Palace. The Yosaya Thai Food opened its door serving eaters from all over the places in April 2015.
So if you’re wondering where to eat good, cheap Thai food, go there and order a few dishes. You’ll want to go back.
Last week I dropped by the Thai restaurant for a late lunch. Only a few customers were there eating their delicious Thai food.
I ordered Thai noodle with beef soup and ice coffee with milk for a total of $2.50. The soup and meatballs were so delicious. I need to go back again soon to taste more dishes. The next time, I want to check out Esan Thai dishes.
Location of Yosaya Thai Food: on Oknha Nou Kan street, just behind Preah Yukunthor High School. There is a second branch near the Russian Market: Yosaya Thai Food 2. The address: 40D, St. 432, Phnom Penh
This small family-run restaurant has the Thai noodle with beef soup or Tom Yum noodle soup.
Yosaya Thai Food has opened its door since 2015. It’s one of the best places for Thai food and noodle soups in Phnom Penh. Yosaya Thai Food restaurant offers Thai-styled cooking cuisine. Overall, the taste of the noodle with Tom Yum soup with pork is so good. For most Thai expats in Phnom Penh who crave for their food back home, this is the place not to overlook. There is also another Thai restaurant for boat noodle called ហាង ម៉ែសាយខាំ គុយទាវទូកថៃ Boat Noodle on street 163.
Chingye Taiwan Food & Cafe
Probably one of the oldest Taiwanese restaurant in the heart of Phnom Penh. Located on Charles de Gaule boulevard, this restaurant has the delicious noodle soup with beef as its best of all on the menu.
Pho Cali began serving those who love the flavor of a Vietnamese beef noodle soup. The shop owner, a Khmer American, comes from California. Pho Cali is close to TK Avenue. I’ve lived in Tuol Kork district since the early 2011. It’s amazing to see how this small, quiet district has changed over the years. New shopping mall like the TK Avenue has been a nice addition. Following this flagship mall in Tuol Kork, there are more restaurants and cafes joining this Phnom Penh’s little town.
If you’re looking for a Vietnamese restaurant to serve the best pho in Phnom Penh? Pho Cali is a simple, nice place. Actually, there is another familiar name, Pho 24, which has been in business some years earlier.
On the menu at Pho Cali, you can have
Pho: $3.80 for a regular, $4.50 for a large)
Special Pho: $4.50 or $5.50 with extra beef and a raw egg
Pho Cali is located at #63 Street 315 in Tuol Kork (a few walks from Tuol Kork Center).
Open from 6am to 8pm everyday. Tel: 070 558 855
What to Eat in Boeung Keng Kang 1 District
If it’s your first visit to Phnom Penh, you should never miss this Boeung Keng Kang 1 district in the heart of the Cambodian capital city. Boeung Keng Kang 1 (or BKK1 in short) is a popular district of coffee shops and restaurants in Chamkarmorn commune, Phnom Penh’s most popular area.
It’s the finest place for eat and drink in Phnom Penh. For example, Street 57 in BKK1 is home to a number of good coffee shops, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Costa Coffee, and Brown Coffee. Want American fast food? You’ve got it, too.
Fast Food Restaurants
These are some selected fast food restaurants in BKK1 district. The Pizza Company, Domino Pizza, Big Apple Donuts & Coffee, KFC, Burger King, BBQ Chicken, Krispy Kreme, and Doughnuts.
Coffee Shops in BKK1
Starbucks Reserve, Brown Coffee (two shops in this district alone), Costa Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Café Le Diplomate, K.E Cafe, and Josh Coffee & Bakery.
There are also a number of Japanese restaurants in this area. There are some Japanese restaurants in the Boeung Keng Kang 1 district.
Good to Know
I’ve lived in Phnom Penh since the 1980s. I went to a high school in this district as it’s close to my home on Monivong Boulevard near St. 360. I’ve witnessed a tremendous transformation of the BKK1 from quiet residences to popular areas for NGOs’ offices to increasing number of coffeeshops and restaurants.