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Best Cambodian and Lao Near Burbank

guanubian Oct 27, 2010 03:31 PM

Hi. What are the best Cambodian and Lao options near Burbank?. "Near" here is defined as a 20 minute drive or less. Thanks!

  1. Chandavkl Oct 27, 2010 04:21 PM

    Most of the Cambodian food is in Long Beach. There is New Battambang on New High Street in Chinatown. I guess you can get there from Burbank in 20 minutes on Sunday morning. Closest Lao restaurant I know of is Fresno or Santa Maria (not sure which is closer).

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    Battambang
    648 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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    1. re: Chandavkl
      guanubian Oct 29, 2010 01:13 PM

      Thanks. How does New Battambang compare with the others?

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      Battambang
      648 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

      1. re: guanubian
        Chandavkl Oct 29, 2010 01:28 PM

        Well given that New Battambang in Chinatown and Battambang Seafood in San Gabriel are the only Cambodian restaurants I know of outside of Long Beach, I'd expect them to be a cut below the Long Beach places, but they are quite decent. Not sure of the lineage--I believe the original Battambang at this location from 20 years ago may have been a branch of a Long Beach restaurant. Then it became something called O'Dombang (Irish-Cambodian?) and then New Battambang, so I don't know if the old owners came back or what.

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        Battambang
        648 New High St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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      aventinus Oct 27, 2010 04:23 PM

      Lao cuisine and the cuisine of Isaan (a part of Thailand that borders Lao) are essentially a single cuisine. There are several restaurants in Thai Town that serve good Isaan/Lao food, including Yai's on Hollywood Blvd.

      Cambodian cuisine isn't very similar to Lao cuisine. I don't know of any Cambodian restaurants in these parts. There are some Cambodian restaurants near Long Beach and at least one in the SGV, but they haven't really wowed me. (For that matter, the Cambodian food in Cambodia didn't really wow me.)

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      Yai Restaurant
      5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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      1. re: aventinus
        guanubian Oct 29, 2010 01:10 PM

        Yep, I've been to Laos and Cambodia and felt the same way about Cambodian food, although in a good restaurant like Ponlok in Phnom Penh, my disenchantment was merely relative to the varied splendor of food in Bangkok and Saigon.

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