It's a bakery, it's a cafe, it's a restaurant and a lounge and it's white! Everything in here is white.
The service is very good and the prices are high, but it's not a bad place to chill and make use of the free wifi!
Favorite Dish: we had coffee and cake... everything was nice.
The food is very good here. It was a bit of a hike from the "main drag", but if your hotel is in this area then it's well worth a visit. Nothing flash, nothing fancy, but the food was tasty. Great banana flower salad (but i still recommend The Soup Dragon's Pork Salad more).
We were there in September 2008. Prices were as follows:
Banana Salad: $2.80
Grilled Chicken: $ 2.80
Pineapple Juice: $1.20
Ginger Tea: $0.80
Favorite Dish: Banana flower salad
Sala Bai was created by a French NGO. This hotel & restaurant school trains (for free) approximately 100 young Cambodians from underprivileged families.
Open Mon - Fri
Breakfast: 7am to 9am
Lunch: 12am to 2pm
Butterflies Garden Restaurant is famous for its - you might have guessed - Butterfly Garden. Try to go there when it is not raining and during the day. Then you will see many beautiful butterflies flying around you.
The tables are in the middle of this garden. Quite nice.
8am to 10pm
Favorite Dish: We had Pineapple Kebabs (Choice of chicken, pork or beef grilled with pineapple, onion and bell pepper and Served with a tomato-curry sauce, USD 4.50) and Pineapple fried rice with chicken, Khmer sausage, cashews and raisins for USD 5. Angkor Beer comes at USD 3.50.
Mandalay Inn offers Burmese and Khmer food and is also a Guest House.
Favorite Dish: We tried some stuff from the Burmese Section of the Menu. Where else in Cambodia do you have a chance to try some?
I can't remember the dishes we had, but they tasted very good.
They also have Beer Lao, the best value for money beer in Cambodia.
Next to the Canadia Bank building, a row of two or three Indian restaurants can be found. My girlfriend and me tried "Taj India" and were quite satisfied. The food was good, but it was a little strange to find beef on the menu - isn't Indian food supposed to be without beef? Holy cow!
Anyway, I suppose that the places are more or less alike. Taj India just was the first that we stumbled upon.
Favorite Dish: typically Indian - everything tastes good!
When hungry in Siem Reap you shouldn't miss the pub street and the area around. Numerous restaurants offering everything from Cambodian to Italian cuisine are found there. One of them, and a very good one, too, is Le Tigre de Papier (The Paper Tiger). The food is great and the location itself is also very nice. Furthermore, you can get a good banana flower salad here - something that is not offered everywhere. Prices are more or less average.
Favorite Dish: Very good: banana flower salad and pizza
Heres the secret. Tuk Tuk drivers eat for free at any of the buffet's they bring patron's too. So wave down a tuk tuk driver at about 6:30pm and tell him you want to go see Apsara dancing. (if he tries to charge him inform him you know he eats for free and everyone wins with a free ride) and he will take you to a great buffet dinner with Apsara dancing included. I went twice to these buffets and it's a great way to unwind after a long day of hiking. For about 15$ you can eat from a hundred different dishes and desserts and if you want to splurge on a bottle of wine it's not much extra. This is a MUST while in Siem Reap. Bring your video camera/camera if you go as the performance is quite charming. Unfortunately I can't recall the name of the resteraunt I went to (it was a large open area) but several places offer the same deal.
Our last afternoon in Siem Reap we decided to eat in one of the food stalls in Psar Chaa Market. The food was cheaper here than in the restaurants on Bar Street or the Alley and it was delicious. There weren’t a lot of other tourists who dared to eat here, but that was their loss. The service was friendly, in fact they bent over backwards to ensure our satisfaction. The food was traditional Khmer fare. I would recommend getting off the tourist track and eat here, especially if you’re on a budget.
Favorite Dish: I had my favorite Khmer dish, Chicken with fried ginger and garlic with a coffee shake... yummy!
Most of the guesthouses in Siem Reap have restaurants and Green Garden Home is no exception. The bar and restaurant area is located behind the main reception, east of the pool and even if you’re not staying here they do a decent job and have a great atmosphere for al fresco dining. Order at the bar and take a seat in the garden area or by the pool and they will bring your food to you. If you are a guest of the hotel they will add your food charges to your bill if you so desire. It’s got a quiet ambience and decent food.
We stumbled upon Lucky Restaurant, which you won’t find in any guidebook or on any tourist map, by accident. We only wish we had discovered this little gem sooner. Located on the outskirts of the tourist area, slightly southwest of Psar Chaa, this local hole in the wall doesn’t look like anything special, but looks can be deceiving. The food here was traditional and surprisingly delicious. We were the only tourists in the place and were able to dine outdoors and enjoy the ambience of the city while we dined. The service was great and the prices couldn’t be beat. They’re also open late – a definite plus! Don’t pass by this hidden gem if you’re looking for great Khmer food at rock-bottom prices off the normal tourist track.
Favorite Dish: Marc’s steamed fish was one of our best meals of the trip. And my chicken Amok (signature Cambodian dish) was great too.
One of the pleasures of eating in any foreign country, I think, is eating like the locals and that generally means street food. Just west of Psar Chaa lies a great local food market filled with vendors selling prepared hot foods. We never saw another tourist here, but it was jam packed with Cambodians. Here you can sample the bizarre (like fried tarantula or scorpion) or, our personal favorite, whole roast duck. Most of the vendors don’t speak English so unless you speak Khmer you’ll have to get by with your dictionary or the ever-handy point and pantomime move. This will, of course, provoke some giggles and a couple stares from the locals but it’s fun and a great way to break the ice. We got by with a few handy Khmer words, some sheepish smiles and a dash of patience. Ordering duck has never been so fun! The food was hot, delicious, insanely cheap and a great way to interact with the locals. Either eat at one of the community tables in the market or take your yummy treats for take away. A highly recommended experience!
Favorite Dish: Whole roasted duck with duck sauce and pickled cucumbers on the side.
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.
After settling into our room we decided to explore the city of Siem Reap and grab some dinner. After walking up and down Bar Street and the Alley, checking out menus, we finally settled on Khmer Kitchen. The food was fantastic and the service warm and friendly. The portions were plentiful and we were able to dine al fresco on the alley and people watch. We liked this place so much we went back another night. Highly recommended Khmer food with great service, atmosphere and cheap prices.