Siem Reap is not just the gateway to Angkor Wat. It is also a great place for foodies.
That’s it if you love food Siem Reap offers a wide choice of food and cuisines for every taste and budget. From local Cambodian specialities to pizza, French Cuisine, Indian, Grill, Sushi etc….
There are thousands of restaurants and bars located in the central area of the Old Market and the new Night Market. Every street and every small alley is covered with restaurants.
While we were in Siem Reap, we visited several of these restaurants. I like to eat different foods, variety is very important. I am indeed a foodie, I love food.
Here are 4 great restaurants in Siem Reap.
This is not just a great cafe where you can enjoy a great breakfast (including bacon, eggs and hash browns) and deliciously tasty local Cambodian food. It is also a bookshop and event space.
It is a great concept because it is a non-profit restaurant. They invest their profits on educational programs in Siem Reap Province. You are dining for a good cause. I recommend the full Breakfast (2 eggs any style, crispy bacon, hash brown, mushrooms, grilled tomato and homemade toast) or one of the local fresh salads.
Dom loved the full breakfast, I tried the Mango Salad and the Minced Pork Salad. They were both very delicious, fresh and a mix of flavoursome local herbs.
Prices are very reasonable. Every time the bill came to a total of approx $10 for two people. They have a good variety of vegetarian options.
This is a great spot away from the tourist area. They have private dining gazebos set in beautiful tropical gardens. The menu offers a selection of Khmer dishes and a selection of Western Grill dishes. They also have vegetarian options.
We opted for the Grilled New Zealand Beef Fillet with red wine sauce, mash potato, crunchy vegetables and garden salad. It was absolutely superb. The meat was grilled to perfection, tender and juicy. The mash potato was fluffy and delicate on the palate and the vegetable and garden salad added a touch of freshness to the richness of the red wine sauce.
The meal was accompanied by a glass of rich red wine. It was a great dining experience, a little bit over our budget but totally worth it. The bill was approx $22 for two people.
3. The Indian
This is a great Indian restaurant in the heart of bursting Siem Reap Tourist area, near the Old Market. The menu is extensive offering a wide choice of curries and other favourite Indian delicacies. Plenty of vegetarian choices as well.
We visited this restaurant three times during our stay, we loved the food so much. Twice we opted for two vegetarian options to share (Lentil Curry and Spinach & Potato in creamy sauce one time and Chick Peas curry and Spinach & Potato in a creamy sauce the other time), steamed Basmati rice, plain Naan Bread. One time we chose the Mutton set menu with Mutton curry, fried vegetables, yoghurt and mint sauce, steamed rice and Naan Bread.
We enjoyed every time but the vegetarian options were tastier. Prices are very reasonable and they have cheap drought beer. The bill came to approx $12 for two people every time.
4. Lim Kim Cheng
This restaurant is as local as it gets. It is right in the Old Market and it offers local Khmer dishes at a cheap price. The menu is basically a book with pictures of the dishes they offer.
Try the Khmer curry or the fresh mango salad with shrimps. The waiting time can be a little long at dinner since it is one of the cheapest places to dine in the tourist area, but if you go after 8pm most of the people have already eaten. No problem at lunchtime.
We ate here twice and both times the bill was less than $10 for two people.
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