Small Eateries: Good value for money
We hired a tuk-tuk for a day to explored Battambang. We have a good driver and we trusted him. He know where to take us for lunch. He has difficulty in English but we do understand him. After so many stops around, it was time for lunch
He stopped to a street where small shop and eateries are located just below the (Phnom Sampov Mountain) where we have to visit after lunch. He know the lady owner and of course we asked him to join us, although he was a bit shy
There wasn't anybody we're the only costumer, the lady was very friendly. She came immediately with her menu book. There wasn't much choice in the book. So we all ordered the same food. Most dish we're more made with tofu, we don't like tofu.
Our driver was too shy, he ask to sit separately from us, I saw him talking to the son of the owner. I don't know what he order, it doesn't matter I'm paying ;-)
Our food is served and this was the best fried noodle we ever had. The price here is the same as in restaurant, although is just an eatery or some kind of food stall, a bit expensive for a food stall. But it was worth the price, big portion and the noodle was really good
Ambrosia Cafe: Good for a drink and to dine
As a cafe it also served food. The American owner married to a Cambodian girl who is the cook and both managed this place so well. Like any towns in Cambodia, there is no shortage on restaurants. Battambang has no specific streets where all restaurants are located.
Restaurants are scattered around the city, you can choose the one closer to your accommodation. You have plenty of choices for restaurant in Battambang, and we like this place. Closer to our hotel and is more like in a busy corner street where everyone is passing through and they have tables outside
The first time we came here was in the afternoon, we only have a drink. Back then, I already have seen their menus and they served pasta's. So, the next evening we came back. And also they have free wifi if you ask their password
It is not a chic cafe if you look at it outside. It has a nice interior not too big with paintings on the wall. The only thing we'd like is their outdoor sitting, you don't find a lot of restaurants in Battambang with tables outside. Their tables inside is hardly used, because people take mostly a table outside.
As a cafe, they don't have much choice in the menu. But you always find something to filled your stomach. Ivy and me took their pasta, I have carbonara and she had spaghetti bolognese, Didier take the burger. For the price it was okay, we can't complain. We have a good service and fast.
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White rose: Nice terrace
White rose restaurant is located in the centre on a crossroads and it has a great terrace to watch the world go by.
We stopped for breakfast which was averagely priced at 3.5$ for muesli and fruit salad, a decent size too.
Center cafe: Sooooo slooow
Center cafe has a cheap menu and is pretty basic but was busy when we were there. We orders our food but after 35mins still nothing so we asked how long and he said another ten mins which in cambodia time meant another 20 so we gave up and headed elsewhere.
They also do bus ticket bookings which we booked.
Ours wasn't that smooth so I Would recommend not booking with them.
Lonely tree cafe: Dead but nice
The lonely tree cafe is located in he centre of town. It was dead when we went but we really enjoyed it. It's a shop/cafe downstairs and cafe upstairs with big french doors that open to a balcony overlooking the street. I had the local dish, beef laklak for 3.5$ which was tasty.
Service quick and friendly.
Battambang town restaurant: Nice food
The battembang town restaurant is located in the centre of town and seems busy ith locals as well as tourists. It's a simple decor place and service is quick. I had a delightful mixed veg and oyster sauce for $3. English isn't spoken much but can get by.
Don't get embarrassingly confused like I did when they bring a mug of hot water out with two empty glasses.
There was a pot of cold tea on our table so i asked the waitress if the hot water was to top up the glasses with the tea. She didn't really understand but nodded. So I poured a bit of tea into my glass and topped up with hot water.
Another waitress then came over laughing and put the forks and spoons from their box on the table and into the hot water
In south East Asia usually cutlery is found in a mug of water on the table
I've no idea in this place why we were supposed to wash the cutlery ourselves if it was already in its own box on the table
Secondly everyone else got ice in their glass which then made it obvious the glass was for iced tea but we didn't hence me looking stupid
Smokin´ pot.: Brilliant khmer food in pleasant surroundings.
Smokin pot is a little restaurant that looks more like a cafe at first sight.
It has partly indoor and partly outdoor seating and a nice airy atmosphere.
Staff was super pleasant all the times i visited there and the food was really really good.
I had a few different khmer dishes from the menu and the were delicious all of them and i never paid more than 3US dolalrs for a dish, so we are really talking great food for little money here.
This is in my humble opinion the best pick in Battambang if you want to sit and eat really nice food in a pleasant restaurant without paying more than average price.
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Smokin' Pot: Just along from the White Rose
This is a German owned place, just down the road from the White Rose and is also popular with westerners. The name refers to the pot you put on a stove, not in a pipe. I came here and had half a chicken in a pepper and garlic sauce with rice.
White Rose: Popular place with a good choice
This is one of the most popular places to eat in town for locals and westerners alike. They serve good, authentic Khmer and a laundry list of Chinese-style stir-fries, Thai soups and treats, and some Western cuisine. Don't expect much of a smile along with the service as it's always pretty hectic inside. They do some good fruit shakes here.
Sunrise Coffee House: Enormous cups of coffee!
This is an excellent place that's situated near the end of the road which the Royal Hotel, the sister of the Star Hotel where I stayed at, is located. It's obviously very popular with westerners and serves a great breakfast with hash browns, bacon, eggs, toast, fresh cinnamon rolls, lovely coffee served in enormous cups and comfortable kerbside seating.
Pomme d'Amour / Apple of Love: Beautifully Prepared French
Pomme d'Amour was a new-ish restaraunt when we visited Battambang in early September 2009. While conventional wisdom points to La Villa's restaurant as #1 in town, Pomme d'Amour has to be a really close second. In fact, if you're vegetarian, it should be #1 for you, hands down.
The menu was excellent, and each of us tried one of the two veg items on the menu. They were both marvelous. We're thankful when we can find good vegetarian while traveling and this is it - not just warmed over standards you see over and over with no real character.
The place had a wonderful atmosphere, and the owner was a great guy.
Can't recommend this place enough for a "higher end" meal in Battambang. Light years ahead of White Rose, Smokin' Pot, etc. in terms of ambience when you're ready for a more special night out.
White Rose: Local Restaurant
This is a pretty standard restaurant like many others that can be found all over Asia reminded me of Capitol GH restaurant in PP. The food is cheap plentiful and tasty. The service is what you would expect you always get that feeling of being a nuisance rather than a customer but the food makes up for that. We ordered 3 fruit shakes but only got 2, we made 3 requests trying to find out where it was to no avail we eventually found our original waiter who spoke pretty good English and he sorted it out however we had all eaten by this stage. There is a substantial menu consisting of mostly Khmer food.
Favorite Dish: Excelllent fruit shakes.
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White Rose: yummi fruit shakes
In Battambang you don't have a big choice of restaurants. In the middle of the afternoon I guess the choice is even fewer then for dinner. We checked out Smokin' Pot but it looked closed. The White Rose was next and was crowed by locals and some tourists who arrived together with us by boat.
Favorite Dish: I took squid and for dessert a fresh fruite shake yummie
Gecko Cafe: Great service
Before we went to the circus show at Phare Ponleu Selpak we were looking for a quicke bite to eat. Gecko Cafe was the closest to our hotel.
We didn't have much time and when entering the restaurant we directly asked if it is possible to have a meal within 20 min ... yeah I guess typically german tourist well organised and punctual .... But it was possible and it was good that we asked in advance because they only had one or two hot plates and prepared the dishes one after the other.
Favorite Dish: We got curries, a vegetarian one and one with chicken. Very delicious!
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The Smokin' Pot: The name says it all!
Battambang isn't a big city at all, so you have to remember that finding a classy sit down place might be out of the question. I really like the Smokin' Pot because of the very reasonable prices and the good food. Also, they have a cooking class that I did not participate in, but witnessed many people taking it. They seemed to be having a very good time and they ate what they made at the end. While I was eating there one night I was surprised to see two rats run by my feet. That was the only downside, but don't let that keep you from experiencing it, it was outside.
Favorite Dish: At this point of my trip I was missing some home cooked meals and decided to order some spaghetti with meat sauce for $1.50 USD. It was very very good! It even had texas toast garlic bread! I was amazed and wanted to go back again.
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