I was in Siem Reap in January of 2008 and there were so many places to eat from.
kind of summary of the food available.
Try to patronize a KHMER owned business if that is possible: such as Angkor Palms Restaurant.
There are no good malaysian restaurants, if so they are "bluff malaysian"
Indiann food is purely fraud, concocted by whoever they brought over. South Indian food is not available as yet.
Good chinese food at Mono Rom just in the main street near the old market
There is a popular vietnamese restaurant owned by viet people. In general foreign cuisine restaurants would be owned by nationals of that country. Like L Oasis Italiana is run by an itlaian, Le Malraux french restaurant is run by a french. I also ate at the restaurant of Angkor Village rather upscale, french dishes cooked by khmer chef and it showed.
There is a simple Japanese restaurant called GuruMothers Cafe and it feels like a small japanese rest in Japan and the food is authentic japanese.
Good Coffee shops: angelinas Bar, Joe to Go. Just before leaving Breakfast at the coffee shop at the airport was not bad either
Favorite Dish: wine drinking is a problem, since the temperature destroys the taste. But did drink a good bottle at Le Malraux recommended by the owner. At Angkor Village Resort a Chilean Chardonnay somewhat flat in taste. Dont expect good wines, but mandalay Inn has the same winelist as the Angkor Village Restaurant and at much lower prices. Beer ( i am not a beer drinker) is cheaper than coffee and seems a safe bet. Cambodian coffee is very strong and bitter and acquired taste.
You can eat well in Siem Reap. I ate mainly Khmer and French Food with Burmese food coming my way courtesy of maung Maung.
In general I would recommend dining with any of the food vendors in the archeological park while you are exploring the temples. There are many food vendors to choose from near most of the temples. If you are having trouble locating a food stall check near the craft stalls. Ice cream and fruit vendors stroll the grounds selling their wares and locals also set-up shop with full hot meals in a variety of places. The food is safe to consume. They cook it right there in front of you so it comes out hot, fresh and delicious. The offerings are primarily Khmer cuisine and most of the stalls are family run so the children are helping out right alongside their parents. And even though this is a touristy area the food is still very inexpensive. The food stalls are a great alternative to returning to Siem Reap for lunch, especially when visiting the more distant temples.
Favorite Dish: If you’re not that adventurous or can’t quite decide I always recommend the chicken with ginger and garlic. It’s a delicious and safe choice. I found the Khmer food generally simple but extremely flavorful and it quickly became a favorite of mine.
After a long morning exploring Angkor Wat we were tired, hungry and the heat was starting to rise with the sun. We ate breakfast at one of the stands at Angkor Wat. If you are standing with your back to Angkor Wat the vendors and food stalls are located to the right inside the complex. Marc became friendly with one of the food stall vendors and we decided to eat with him. Breakfast is simple, as is most of the food in Cambodia, and generally consists of bread, scrambled eggs, cheese and coffee. The food was filling, tasty and cheap. The vendor also sat with us and talked to us over our meal which was a great way to interact with the locals and learn more about the area. I would recommend having breakfast at one of the food stalls after you watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat. Not only is the food safe, hot and delicious, you’re helping the local economy and maybe making some friends along the way.
Favorite Dish: Breakfast is usually bread, cheese, eggs and onions with coffee or tea.
Our favorite is The Blue Pumpkin in Old Market area. (Also many people's favorite).
Contemporary, modern and stylish, the second floor lounge has huge, white day-bed like sofas where you and your family can all get on them and relax while enjoying your food.
They have a fantastic bakery churning out mouth-watering bread and pastries. Their menu is very creative with all sorts of sandwiches, tall cold drinks and different cuisine. We had a sandwich, a salad and an italian pasta dish, all were superb. Prices are very reasonable. Don't forget to try their fresh made ice-cream.
This restaurant also operates a small branch selling cold drinks and ice-cream at Siem Reap airport.
I ate at this restaurant a few times in May, 2007. Restaurant is two stories w/indoor and balconey dining upstairs and indoor and patio dining downstairs, located on a busy corner, affording it excellent views of life on the streets of Siem Reap. Food was very good. One draft beer or soda is included w/dinner free during happy hour. Twice cooked Pork about $2.25 w/drink. Khmer Vegetable Curry w/rice and drink, about $2.75. Breakfasts were also very good here.
Favorite Dish: Khmer Vegetable Curry w/rice. Excellent
We sat outside looking down the alley (not an a alley as we know it) it's good for people watching. I tried the Pumpkin and Coconut soup, certainly more meat and veg in that I expected. Really good value. $8 for jug of beer and 2 main meals. Look out for celebs.
Favorite Dish: I don't have a favourite.
The Ivy Bar is a very cool place to hang out in the afternoon and grab a beer and an afternoon snack.
Favorite Dish: You absolutely MUST try the Nyum. It's an amazing dish and we've been talking about it for the last three must. And if you go there, please ask them what's in it and e-mail me the recipe!!!
Large traditional perform- ance buffet restaurant with covered, open-air and air-conditioned seating. Serving lunch and dinner buffets with a wide range of European and Asian cuisine. A la carte available. Amazon Angkor features nightly Apsara dance performances from 7:30PM - 8:30PM.
COST is USD5 per person
A place that you stay would probably the most decent and comfortable to dine at rather hunting for a good restaurant in siem reap town.
Favorite Dish: Swee & Sour Fish Cambodian Style is the star of at Khemara Hotel, everyone tasted it and liking it. Taste of fresh water fish, pan fried fish before adding great sauce of cambodian style with nonetheless lemongrass, coriander and bird eye chilli. Accommpanied with rice.
Cost per plate USD3.00 for two serving
The main restaurant at Khemara hotel, cosy surrouding and looking over the hotel pool. Al fresco dining is also available. Eating outside Siem Reap town can be quite a hassle as you not sure the language so better off dine at the hotel, after tiring day exploring Angkor Wat.
The restaurant is served breakfast, lunch and dinner as well.
Favorite Dish: Local dishes is best recommended. Mainly cambodian dishes are pretty similar to thai so if you are familiar with thai cuisine, you know exactly what you going to have.
The major temples all have a choice of restaurants, serving local Khmer food such as spring rolls and fried rice. Compared to the other shops at the temples, the restaurants prices are relatively low. I had a huge plate of spring rolls for about $2 and a heaping plate of fried rice was around $2.50.
I think my driver had a girlfriend at most of the restaurants, so we stopped at those places when we wanted some food. While I ate, he would chat with the ladies...
Located at an alley between Bar Street and Psar Chaa, this unpretentious local restaurant serves up a good variety of delicious and relatively cheap local fare. There's fried morning glory, oven baked pumpkin/ yam pie and other curry and stir fried dishes.
The food comes slow but considering that they are having full tables I'm fine with it. It is less crowded during lunch time but as it has no air-con it can get a little warm. But some tourists found the solution with orders of iced cold beer and sitting under the fan.
Nice hole in the wall restaurant that serves simple yet delicious food that's worth a second visit.
The restaurant at the hotel serves local Khmer dishes. We decided to give it a try for our last dinner at Siem Reap. Simple and nice dishes, it's also an interesting touch when they served our rice in the shape of a heart.
An understated restaurant that serves a heartful meal.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish has got to be their amok. Fragrant and filled with succulent chucks of chicken served in the signature cocount, their amok chicken is the best that I have tasted. The earlier ones come served in banana leaf instead and taste a little watered down. This dish here is rich and after you finished the curry you can treat yourself with young coconut flesh.
A sleek air-conditioned cafe located in Old Market that serves a good variety of bakery, ice-cream, milkshakes and juices. There are also a decent selection of sandwiches and mains. It is the place to hang out if you want a break from temple hopping. The seats are white sofa beds where you can relax with your shoes off. With free Wifi connection there's even more reason for you to just spend a nice lazy afternoon there. Check out the photos!
One thing I like about the food from stalls like these is how tasty the food can be. They are not modified to suit Westerner's tongue. All original flavours.
The prices quoted are always inflated, so bargaining is a must.
Favorite Dish: I ordered a local dish called Loklak - beef stir fried with spices. The beef was good, especially when dipped in the tangy sauce that came with it (USD2 bargained down from USD3). Again, our drink of the day is coconut (USD 0.50)