The beauty of Cambodia goes far beyond the famous Angkor Wat ruins or the charm of the Khmer simple way of life. The country’s food culture is not to be missed. Siem Reap has an abundance of fantastic restaurants, from rustic family-owned eateries offering traditional Khmer food to stylish restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe. Khmer food takes influences from a variety of countries. Cambodia was a French colony for many years, and also has many Chinese immigrants. The cuisine is also naturally influenced by a fusion of foods found in other southeast Asian countries. There are even bizarre foods like crickets, water beetles, stir-fried worms and tarantulas, for those who dare to try.
1. Dine at Marum Restaurant
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Dining at Marum means you are supporting a Tree Alliance restaurant – Tree being a global alliance of training restaurants. This hospitality training school restaurant educates, employs and trains disadvantaged youth and street kids, to supply them with skills to ensure their future. Housed in a traditional teak mansion, the tables meander out to an enchanted, tree-shaded garden. Marum Restaurant is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner, either with family or friends. The food here is indeed fabulous. Crafted with fresh ingredients, the most sought after dishes, include creative and contemporary Cambodian tapas, including the authentic red ant fritters with a special sauce and some Cambodian dishes with a bit of western riff. Apart from that, the desserts are divine.
Address: #8A, B Phum Slokram (Between Wat Polanka and Catholic Church), Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (11am - 11pm)
Contact: +855 17 363 284
Website: Marum Restaurant
2. Fine dining at Cuisine Wat Damnak
Housed in a traditional wooden house, Cuisine Wat Damnak is a highly regarded restaurant from Siem Reap celebrity chef, Joannes Riviere. If you want to savour good, high-end dining and also experience Khmer cuisine at its best, this is the place. The food is fresh and well presented using traditional Cambodian ingredients, with a French twist. The meals here are a feast fit for royalty and are a fusion of Asian and also French cuisine. The restaurant offers two menu sets (which change fortnightly), with an option for 5-6 courses. The restaurant deserves its reputation of being one of the top 50 restaurants, in Asia, and it is the only Cambodian Restaurant in the top 50. Among the notable, recommended dishes are the crispy pork tongue, boneless frog leg curry and marinated beef salad with herbs. You need to book in advance if you intend to dine at Cuisine Wat Damnak.
Cuisine Wat Damnak
Address: Wat Damnak Market Street, POBox 93108, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Price: About 24 USD to 28 USD.
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday (6.30pm - 9.30pm). Closed on Sunday-Monday.
Website: Cuisine Wat Damnak
3. Indulge in delicious food at Genevieve's Restaurant
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Genevieve is a Khmer-Western restaurant on Sok San Road, close to Pub Street and the Night Market. It is a great restaurant, owned by an Australian, named Phil. The amazing restaurant was named after the owner’s late wife, who died of cancer. It offers a lovely, airy and good ambience to diners and patrons, in the centre of Siem Reap. Most of all, the food is amazing, delicious and the price is great. Although it is foreign owned, it serves great local Khmer food. Among the Khmer delicacies are the beef lok lak, which is the signature dish, at Genevieve. It is tender, flavourful and delicious and travellers need to try it. Another notable dish is fish and chicken amok, as well as the spring rolls. Apart from all this, this restaurant also serves amazing vegetarian Khmer food, which costs between 2.50 USD to 5 USD. There is an interesting and moving story behind this restaurant. On the back of the menu, you can read about Genevieve and how the restaurant came about.
Address: Sok San St | Siem Reap, Siem Reap 3058, Cambodia
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday (12pm - 2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm). Closed on Sunday.
Facebook: Genevieve’s Restaurant
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4. Quench your thirst at Fresh Fruit Factory
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This cosy, small dessert shop is operated by a friendly Japanese couple. It serves shaved ice, smoothies, pancakes, ice cream, pasta, French toast and salad. At Fresh Fruit Factory, the cuisine is all fresh and made with delightful Cambodian fruit. Everything served, is carefully selected by the owner. They take pride in serving delightful cuisine made with fresh and safe ingredients, in a hygienic kitchen. Natural Cambodian palm sugar, which is very rich in minerals, is used to prepare the drinks, snacks and others menu items. On top of that, the ice is made in their own kitchen, so you know it’s safe. A cool dessert to escape the Cambodian heat is what everyone looks forward to and shaved ice is exactly what you need to cool down, especially after a long day of walking, under the sun.
A huge portion of delicious ice cream costs about 5 USD. You can also opt for a glass of mango and passion fruit, for about 5 USD, too. There are other great menu items, such as pasta with fruit and smoothies, as well as a mango and passion fruit sauce pancake, which is fluffy and naturally fresh and sweet.
Fresh Fruit Factory
Address: #155 Taphul Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (11am - 8pm). Closed on Monday.
Website: Fresh Fruit Factory
5. Chill out and relax at Nest Angkor Restaurant Bar
Nest Angkor Restaurant Bar is a stylish and modern café, with outdoor and indoor eating areas. It serves both western and traditional local cuisine, in a hip environment. This relative newcomer to Siem Reap has become enormously popular, after it was refurbished, in recent years. The cocktails are wonderful, the food excellent and the atmosphere is cool beyond words.
From a healthy lunch to a luscious dinner, you will not be disappointed by the creative menu. For lunch and dinner, you can have roasted duck breast, pork curry or grilled prawn salad and blue cheese salad. All of the dishes are a fusion of Khmer and Western style. As for desserts, try the mango or black chocolate mousse, topped with whipped cream. There is also the mixed fresh fruit tartare, in sugar syrup, with mint leaf and cinnamon. As for tasty cocktail, try the recommended Mojito Royal, Sex in the jungle, Margarita, Espresso Martini or Manhattan. Diners can relax, in style, in the beautifully landscaped garden and listen or dance to the carefully selected music, from top live acts to the hottest DJs. Apart from all this, it is a place to connect, celebrate with friends or indulge in delicious meals, tasty cocktails and beautiful wines.
Nest Angkor Restaurant Bar
Address: Sivatha Blvd., Krong Siem Reap
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (11.30am - 1am)
Website: Nest Angkor Restaurant Bar
6. Chill out and enjoy Chinese food at Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
Homemade dim sum to accompany our craft cocktails served everyday till late. #eat #siemreap #dimsum #angkorwat #culinary #delightsPosted by Miss Wong on Saturday, 17 September 2016
Miss Wong Cocktail Bar is a classy Siem Reap venue, famed for its extensive range of cocktails, with an Asian twist. It is noted as Siem Reap’s most atmospheric cocktail bar. The cocktail bar is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Pub Street, down a dimly lit alley, known as the Lane. This 1930s Shanghainese-style bar features a setting with red walls, Chinese lanterns, lacquer screens and striking paintings. Patrons are entertained by the music, playing in the background and on Saturdays, DJ Sakura Boom plays a good mix of lounge and chilled tunes from 9pm, onwards. Miss Wong Cocktail Bar’s signature concoction are priced between 4.50 USD and 5 USD. The standouts include the China White, which includes Jasmine tea syrup, lychees, Tanqueray gin and Cinzano Bianco as well as the Indochine Martini with vodka, pineapple juice and ginger cognac. You can also choose Miss Wong’s Punch, with white rum, St James Amber and triple sec, along with cranberry, pineapple, lime, and mango juice.
To complement its unique cocktails, the bar serves authentic Asian snacks and dim sum, such as steamed har gow (dumplings), fried chicken wontons and fried vegetarian rolls. For something more substantial, try the soy pork belly with yellow noodles or wine flavoured thigh, served with chicken broth, bok choy and jasmine rice. This is more than an excellent place, for an evening out.
Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
Address: The Lane, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Price: Depends on what you order
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday (6pm - 1am), Sunday (6pm - 12am)
Website: Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
7. Go for something cool at the Blue Pumpkin
The Blue Pumpkin is that one place you can always go, whenever you fancy. There are a wide range of items on the menu, including healthy, homemade options, that prioritise fresh and local ingredients. It is a true French bakery and patisserie, restaurant and ice cream parlour, all in one and has been open since the year 2000. It has been serving coffee, juices, freshly made pastries, cakes and ice cream in a comfortable lounge atmosphere, ever since. It also boasts a children’s playground, to keep the young ones entertained. The Blue Pumpkin has a wide selection of authentic western dishes and aspiring Asian delicacies, such as fresh spring rolls, burgers and yellow curry rice. As for the cakes, they are made from flavourful and delightful recipes. The ice cream is naturally homemade and ranges from ice cream scoops to ice cream fondue.
The Blue Pumpkin
Address: 563, Mondul 1 | Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (7am - 11pm)
Website: The Blue Pumpkin
Foodie heaven for all
From street food to fine dining, Siem Reap is the place to find amazing food and drinks. Home to the country’s best restaurant, Cuisine Wan Damnak, has made the Cambodian dining community proud. Siem Reap has restaurants for every traveller, offering authentic Khmer delicacies and also international cuisine, at an affordable price. Of course, no trip to Siem Reap is complete without sampling authentic traditional delicacies such as lok lac (stir fried cubed beef cooked in a sauce), fish amok (a yellow coconut curry, usually made with fish) and insect-based dishes (for the daring and adventurous diners), from the roadside vendors.
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