The Khmer Kitchen was recommended by my guide, Peng Thai. We went there for lunch on my last day in Siem Reap. It was excellent! The Khmer Kitchen has two locations. If one is crowded, try the other one. The main location is in the passage near the northeast end of Pub Street Alley. We actually ate at the other one, which is one block northwest of the west corner of the Old Market on Street 11.
Favorite Dish: Peng Thai ordered one of the Khmer Kitchen specialties, Pumpkin in Oven with shrimp ($3). Sophen got Korko Soup with chicken ($3). I got the Pumpkin and Coconut Soup with pork ($3). The pumpkin dishes turned out to be especially good. Mine was a delicious stew with chunks of pumpkin, long beans, pork, and coconut curry gravy.
At BBQ Suki and Seafood you can order off the menu or cook your own dinner on a combination grill and suki soup pot (it looks like a volcano with a moat) at your table using selections from a large buffet. It is $5.50 for each person for all you can eat. A basic broth is provided (and refilled) but by the time you have cooked several things, it becomes a very nice soup. I have eaten in a similar type place in Malaysia, where it is called "steamboat." BBQ Suki is only open for dinner (5 PM - Late).
The national dish of Cambodia is fish amok. Amoks are made with a mild curry and coconut milk. I had had fish amok before in Phnom Penh at the Veiyo Tonle Restaurant but thought the chicken and eggplant was better there. I was wandering through the "Passages" and saw the Amok Restaurant. It was an upscale looking place and the sign said it had the best amok in Siem Reap, so I figured it would be a good place for lunch on my first day. I decided to compare the chicken and eggplant dishes rather than the fish amok. Although a little expensive even for Siem Reap standards, the chicken and eggplant "stew" at the Amok Restaurant ($5.50) was delicious. It too was made with a mild curry and coconut milk, but also had long beans, peppers and onions. If you want to know about the fish amok, read a nice review by an expert.
The Soup Dragon is a popular Siem Reap restaurant that Lonely Planet recommends highly. It has first and second floor dining areas and a rooftop bar. I tried it for breakfast on the first morning that I was in Siem Reap. I had the Pho Bo (beef noodles, $1.25) and it was quite good. Another breakfast item, Bo Kho (Cambodian beef stew with bread, $1.25) also sounded good.
Two evenings later I decided to try the Soup Dragon for dinner. Lonely Planet had said that the spicy clay pot with fish was delicious, so I ordered it ($4). What a disappointment! I eat clay pots at Vietnamese restaurants in Albuquerque. What I got at the Soup Dragon was not a clay pot even though the ticket said it was. It was not in a clay pot and there was no cooked morning-glory (or any stir-fried greens). To top it off, the flavor of what they did serve was mediocre. I decided not to return for the Bo Kho.
I had been gone almost a month and was craving New Mexican food. I had seen a "Mexican" restaurant called Viva on Pub Street and decided to try it. I stopped at the "nom ping" cart on the way and got my "sopaipillas." Saturday night happened to be taco special night ($1.00 each) at Viva. I got a taco, tortilla soup ($2.50), and a pork burrito plate ($4.50). I knew it was too much but I wanted to try several things. Viva was more Tex-Mex style but with very mild salsa. The taco and pork burrito were good but I missed having real chile in the salsa. I would not get the tortilla soup again; it was pretty bland but I ate it anyway, LOL. I was so full that I had to save my "nom pings" for later.
I was walking up Sivatha Street one day and saw a street vendor cooking something that looked like what we call sopaipillas. I asked several locals what they were called and most did not know; however, one of the staff said they were "nom ping." At least it sounded like that. They are delicious and only 500 riel each. They are essentially a sweet puffy fried bread with sesame seeds. I got them several times. Even though they are fried, they are still good cold for breakfast (kind of a donut substitute). I have tried to find them online but have been unsuccessful so far.
Right next to Cambodia BBQ, in the heart of pub street area. It offers very tasty local food, prices are sometimes half of other restaurants', while the environment was as nice.
Avg. USD10 per person you have have 4 dishes, rice plus 2 Angkor draft beers. What a bargain!
Visa and Master card acceptable. The owner has 2 other restaurants just 20 meters away: Temple Club and Khmer house
Favorite Dish: Beef Loc Lac, Soup, stir-fried chicken with vegetables.
wanted to have a simple Indian meal and i was totally disappointed at this restaurant. the food had a bland taste.
Excellent value here, also the food is wonderful
The prices are great as well
Favorite Dish: Rrfesh prawn spring rolls.
One of the biggest restaurant in Pub street area. Very delicious food.
Favorite Dish: For a 16 USD set you can have 5 type of meat: Chicken, Beef, Pork, Snake, Crocodile.
Beautiful building, typical colonial style, French and local food, nice but could be better. I bet most people are here for the ambiance.
Favorite Dish: Dessert: chocolate made in 3 ways