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.
Father's Restaurant is a great place to try out the Khmer cuisine because there is a variety of local favorites and more available at affordable prices. It's located at the Central Market, in an open air food court. "Father" will recommend you some of the favorite dishes and cook them fresh for you. His "amok" dish is touted as the best in Siem Reap.
There's an impressive website set up to promote Father's restaurant and you can decide on what you want. There's also western & Chinese dishes but when in Cambodia ......
Good inexpensive food
Since it's open air, the stifling weather did bother me a bit while eating spicy foods
Favorite Dish: I'm salivating just thinking about it but my favorites have to be the Amok and Khmer red curry, washed down with fresh fruit juices.
Never thought that Indian food would be this good in Siem Reap but it was.
We love Indian food and found real quality at Maharajah. Without a doubt, one of the best indian food I had so far...Delicious,
We ate here a couple of times during our stay in siem reap, and all the times the dishes we chose were absolutely delicious. Their chicken karahi and channa curry in particular were great, as was their nan bread. The service was quick enough,
Just be aware of the spice level and speak to the owner who can adjust to your tastes.
The bill wasn't at all painful and their customer turnover showed that they were well known. Well worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: Qeema Nan and Shami kabab was amazing and unforgettable. palak paneer and garlic nan also quite nice. BBQ chicken was crispy and authentic.
If you want authentic Indian food, this is the place to go. Located at middle of Old, Central and Night Markets. It's a clean & safe place with the best food during my trip. The freshness and spices really stood out. The food is generally of a much higher quality than other Indian restaurants.
Extensive Photo menu had a very nice selection of North Indian Dishes. Prices are very less then my expectations.
I have dined here many times & been pleased each time.
My most favorite Paneer korma was some of the softest and creamiest paneer curry with cashew I've ever had. Stuffed Vegetable Nan was extremely tasty I could eat it everyday.
Chicken Curry was very different from typical Curry I've had before.
Thali Set was refreshing and a delicious variety of meat, vegetables and fish.
Tandoori was Excellent BBQ Chicken and Mutton Biryani was the best, I could also eat that everyday. There are also wide variety of Indian Tea, shakes, juices, Lassies (I recommend Mango lassie).I also ordered the mix raita with almost every meal, I love it. The staff are very polite and efficient. Good service, best food, very reasonable price - would recommend highly to anyone visiting Siem Reap.
Favorite Dish: Tandoori is Excellent BBQ Chicken, Thali Set is refreshing and a delicious variety of meat, vegetables and fish.Chicken Curry is very different from typical Curry.
Mutton Biryani is the best,wide variety of Indian Tea, shakes, juices, Lassies (I recommend Mango lassie).mix raita with almost every meal,Paneer korma is some of the softest and creamiest paneer curry with cashew.
The ambience is good. Lots of people are coming- group of families, friends and tourists, etc. Some are eating and some eat while drinking. We just waited for a few minute before somebody was able to accommodate us since there are a lot of customers that night. We even waited for an available table to occupy. I think there were 7 waiters and only 1 knows how to speak English that’s why we have to wait every time we have something to request. The drinks- coke, bottled water, coffee, etc. needs to be paid separately and costs 1.5USD.
Favorite Dish: The restaurant wasn’t that far away from where we stay and we only walked about 7 minutes only to get here. 3.5USD for eat all you can. Not bad right? My friend and I seem not to have eaten like a century that we got a lot of food in the buffet table. We were really starving! Haha! Lots of food varieties were served-Thai cuisine. Different kinds of noodles, fruits, vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, seafoods, soups, etc. This resto was a shabu-shabu style, wherein you’ll have to cook the foods by yourself which we always enjoy.
I did not actually eat there but I did see a restaurant in Siem Reap that was explicitly vegetarian. It was called V and A, and looked nice. Actually I think several restaurants have vegetarian selections on their menus, including the Khmer Kitchen (e.g. their oven sweet potato dishes have a "vegetables" option).
This restaurant is located just a few minutes away from the entrance of Angkor Wat. We were so tired after touring around the temple without having breakfast and as if my energy was absorbed by the very hot temperature... I'm losing my senses! Luckily, we have our very kind tuk-tuk driver/tour guide. He was very aware that we didn't have our breakfast so he brought us here in Angkor Reach to have lunch.
Angkor Reach is like a big canteen on the outside but when you get a closer look inside... the tables and chairs are arranged like as if, the place was transformed to a fine dining resto (exagerrated)... Well, it can be compared to a lesser fine dining resto, just not to lift your expectations very high. The tables were covered with white and green table clothes and the waiters/waitresses were on uniforms and friendly too.
Favorite Dish: The waiter suggested to try Amok chicken, that's what the local suggested so I bet it's great and that's what I ordered! Amok is a Khmer cuisine made of curry soup with chicken on it, spiced with lots and lots of sliced red peppers and bamboo shoots. I love spicy foods and this just rocked my world! It’s very tasty! The spring rolls are crunch and very tasty too! We also ordered coconut juice and it’s great to be served cold.,, very refreshing.
I came here twice in 3 days, nuff said :)
Situated in a small lane off Pub Street, this little restaurant packs a mighty culinary punch from a simple menu and authentic Italian food. The decor is equally simple, predominantly in blue & white, lending a Mediterranean feel to it. White table & chairs fit tightly along the lane while a couple more share a small space with the counter and pizza oven. It's also open air so there's no air-conditioning if you want to escape the heat & humidity of Siem Reap. Nevertheless, the food & service is enough to make you forget about it.
The menu is simple, offering a range of delicious pastas, pizzas and other traditional Italian fare. There is also a wine selection and I opted for white wine instead due to the stifling weather during my stay. The prices are on the high side for Cambodians but inexpensive for Italy. However, the prices are justifiable due to imported & quality ingredients. Definitely worth returning to.
Opening hours: 12noon to 11pm
Favorite Dish: I had delicious bruschetta & prosciutto pizza.
We left the hostel for an early half day tour and most of the places we’ll be visiting are still closed so our tuk-tuk driver, Mr. Dee brought us in this small canteen situated within a village for breakfast. The canteen has no name and I don’t know the address too, I just remember that it’s 1 block away from the exhibition hall where we went after.
The foods are classic. They serve congee- chicken, meat & beef. Of course the love of my life- Coffee will always be present! Congee costs 1.5USD and iced coffee is 1-1.5USD, I believe. Usually also, in every table there are these hard breads. If you touch and eat it, you have to pay for it… wehe(not free).
Favorite Dish: Their congee differs from what we used to eat in China Town, in Manila. The congee has lots and lots of bean sprouts and for that we believe that the Cambodians really love vegetables. It also tastes sweet.. i dunno. I think almost all of Khmer foods are used to cook with sugar.
The iced milk coffee is the best and I believe that they have only one way of doing it because all of the coffee I drunk during this travel tasted the same. The coffee is very strong so I always make sure that they got my order as- milk coffee. The iced milk coffee isn’t that sweet, the milk somewhat balances the strong bitter taste of the coffee and the outcome is that the coffee becomes less bitter making it easier to bear, haha!
This place is a typical local asian style bar, concrete floor, no door at all, just open to the street, cheap food and cheep drinks.
Great for a snack at lunchtime, or a beer with some cheap munchies.
All food is $1.75, 1/2 pint of beer $1.00
Food menu is per the photo. As I said, local, but effective for what it was.
The Blue Pumpkin is a franchise located at several locations in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The one I went to is located near the Old Market. It stands apart from other coffee & desserts outlets because it has this "all white" modern look to it. They also serve breakfast, sandwiches and burgers when you've had your fill of amok & curry.
There are 2 floors, downstairs selling all sorts of delicious pastries and ice-cream and then there's upstairs where the "Cool Lounge" is. The Cool Lounge, reminiscent of a Miami-esq club, is where you can escape the heat to an air-conditioned room with long sofa or beds, to have some ice-cream while surfing the net.
Opens 06:00-22:00 everyday
Favorite Dish: The chocolate ice-cream with liquor is so yummy on a hot day
ad lunch here first day.
The stir fried chicken with hot basil was fantastic
With a can of beer, $3.50 can't beat that
Went back my last full day and had the stir fried chicken with cashew nuts, again wonderful :)
Free WIFI as well
I am living in Phnom Penh and working with Indian medicine company, Due to my work I frequently visit to siem reap. I have been eating at Maharajah restaurant since 2005. The food is wonderful and I have never found another Indian Restaurant in the whole of Cambodia to compare. I am vegetarian and tried here all vegetarian dishes several times, especially love Gobi Masala and Bangan Bharta at this place. The waiting staff are always polite and extremely friendly and I am always warmly greeted when I visit there. I have introduced numerous friends to the Maharajah and they always rave about the wonderful food after a visit. I would highly recommend all lovers of Indian food to visit this wonderful restaurant. You will not be disappointed.
Favorite Dish: My most of days lunch at maharajah Indian restaurant. It is the best experience in town that has mentioned it into the all tourist guidebooks and web sites, I would gladly keep this taste to myself and introduced this place to all my friends. The food is incredible--amazing north Indian, the likes of which I've only seen before in Lahore and Delhi. I have developed a addiction for traditional yogurt drinks ( lassies) and BBQ chicken boneless. The value too is incredible,( very reasonable). Excellent food with great service. Surely you too were feel so happy after got tasty food at this place.