Siem Reap Restaurants
We will be in Siem Reap for 3 nights beginning February 2, 2014; staying on Sok San Road. Looking for recommendations on Cambodian restaurants with emphasis on quality, non-microwaved food and somewhat reasonable prices. We both enjoy spicy food.
re: J Sheridan
Cuisine Wat Damnak is truly one of the must-visits for any gourmands to Cambodia: Joannes Riviere, who conceptualised many of the dishes at Meric, a good, traditional Khmer restaurant in Hotel de la Paix, offering traditional foods (including frog & snake to go with "prahok" fermented fish dip), now runs the kitchens at Cuisine Wat Damnak. Meric has been re-branded The Dining Room, but still retains its Cambodian fine dining concept.
Travellers to Cambodia usually belong to one of these two groups: (1) the rugged "Anthony Bourdain" sort - cigarette dangling from lower-lip, one hand nursing a whisky containing a beating cobra heart, or (2) the "Samantha Brown" type, who preferred a gentler introduction to local culture, with a soft bed and warm bath in a 5-star hotel at the end of each day. Let's just say I'm more of the latter type.
- Cuisine Wat Damnak, +855 63 965 491 (www.cuisinewatdamnak.com).
- The Dining Room, Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap, +855 63 966 000
Besides, Cuisine Wat Damnak and The Dining Room, you can also opt for the following:
- Restaurant Le Grand, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor
- Sugar Palm, Ta Phul Road, Siem Reap. Tel: +855 63 964 838
- Romdeng, 74 Street 174, Phnom Penh. Tel: +855 2 219 565
- Malis, 136 Norodom Boulevard, Phnom Penh. Tel: +855 23 22 10 22
I think I am a #2 - but I do enjoy good food in less salubrious settings as long as it's good rather than just living dangerously for bragging rights (as in #1).
Agree on the Raffles recomendation, I think many will see this as the soft and easy option but the food is very good. Tried Romdeng in Phnom Penh and if the one in Siam Reap is as good it has to be a "must do".
Wat Damnak sound very good - if we are ever back there it will be on the list. Lots of choice in Siam Reap for the 1's but unfortunately little quality for us 2's.
re: J Sheridan
After all these recommendations I wish I could better recall the name of the restaurant on the outskirts of Siem Reap referred to as "touie" . We hit a number of good restaurants in Thailand but the only one in Siem Reap was this one- recommended by owner of Rose Apple Boutique Inn
Too late for you, IPcook, but I have just been to Siem Reap. I had largely very disappointing food, but I may just have been unlucky. I'd suggest eating street food, which is good and very cheap, and saving your pennies for Cuisine Han Wat (I may have got the name slightly wrong). Run and cooked by a French couple, I had a superb 5-course Cambodian meal for $25, including black sticky rice with cubes of local sweet sausage and dried calamari. Pomelo sorbet was delicious.
Soup Dragon on Pub Street looked promising.
By far the best restaurant we found in siem reap was a place on the outskirts of town near the river called "touie", I 'm sure my spelling is incorrect but the restaurant was referred to us by our hotel owner "rose apple boutique guesthouse. The restaurant was good enough that we went twice, absolutely loved their grilled fish and eggplant dishes but every dish was good- but I will tell you that's it's not an easy place to find ,need an experienced tuck tuk driver.