Simply Khmer Lowell
This restaurant seems to pop up in every discussion about Cambodian food in Lowell, so I think it's time it has it's own entry here.
I visited for lunch today and was pleasantly surprised by the brightly lit room with a nice interior and nice furniture. From reading other reviews I expected a way smaller place. Another reason for the visit was the their Hot Wings seems to pop up in every wings discussion as well. I tried the Hot Wings from the lunch menu and these was pretty delicious! Crispy, sticky but not very spicy. They where spicy but I expected more.
I tried the Kuy-Tiev Sach-Jrouk Rice noodle, slices of pork meat, bean sprouts, cilantro and scallions in house broth was also pretty good, nice broth, tender pork, beansprouts and a slice of lime on the side. Not a very big bowl but certainly sufficient for lunch and it was a whopping $4.95!
They have got very mixed reviews on the web, especially about the service but today at least everything was very good. They are just off Rte 110 on the edge of Lowell so they are easy to get to, parking can be an issue here.
Simply Khmer Restaurant
26 Lincoln St # 4
Lowell, MA 01851
Hours are 8am to 9pm every day.
I decided to pay them a visit today for lunch since it has been a while. I was dead set on getting the Crispy Chicken Wing and Rice lunch special but found to my dismay that they don't serve the lunch specials anymore and the prices has also increased.
I ordered the Bai/Cha Kroung Rice plate with Pork described as steamed rice served with stir fried meat, stir fried in garlic, onions, lemon grass, red/green bell peppers, holy basil, jalapeno, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and red chillies. There was no traces of either the jalapeno, kaffir lime leaves, galangal or the red chillies so this was another disappointment.
Looks like you got the wrong dish cause that isnt bai cha kroung! I find that at any place where i dont speak the language, it is best for me to order by number or pointing, i never try to pronounce anything cause i always pronounce it wrong. Bai Cha Kroung has finely ground meat.. They have photos of it on their website. http://www.simplykhmerrestaurant.com/...
Decided to try the Loc Lac today.
Well it was very different from what I remember from the Elephant Walk when they opened downstairs in Union Square. Steak tips served on a bed of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and onions. The beef was well marinated and and nicely charred and very tender and the fresh lime pepper sauce that was served on the side was tasty as well but I felt that the portion was a bit skimpy and I'm not that big of an eater.
Really crummy day today so time for some more soup. Todays choice for lunch was the Kuy-Tiev Special. Rice noodles, beef, beef meat ball, seafood, bean sprouts, cilantro and scallions in house broth. The beef wasn't the most tender that I ever had but it's not really expected for the price. Fake crab and seafood but there were a couple of shrimps in there as well as piece of squid. Left the chopsticks on the bowl to indicate the size. This is a really nice lunch for $6.25 including a $1 tip. Next time I'll splurge and try the Loc Lac ($7.50), the only Cambodian dish that I'm familiar with.