Discover Cambodia: Best Restaurants in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a veritable tourist city, and when you travel here, you certainly don’t have to worry about eating. Restaurants are everywhere, and many are not opened by locals, but by people from other countries, such as France, the Netherlands, or the United States. No matter where you come from, you can find the right taste in Siem Reap.

Cambodian cuisine is a bit like Thai food, with a sour and sweet taste. The main ingredients are rice and fish, beef, pork and chicken are relatively few. As far as our diet experience is concerned in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, people in both cities love to eat sweet. Porridge, noodles, rice, etc. will be added sugar, drinks will also be added condensed milk and coconut milk. Similar to other Southeast Asian countries, Cambodians also eat a lot of coconuts and curries, and ginger and garlic are essential condiments. In addition, each restaurant, large or small, will have plenty of lemons for customers.

Cambodian food
Cambodian traditional food from a local restaurant
Cambodian traditional food from a local restaurant

Red Piano

Red Piano restaurant, mainly engaged in Khmer cuisine and Western food, in Siem Reap can be said to be a big name. Angelina Jolie visited the restaurant while filming Lara Croft, and the restaurant still displays huge posters of the film, pictures and signatures of Jolie, as well as a picture of her dining. It can be said that the restaurant is famous because of Jolie, although the food here itself tastes general, but also has Khmer characteristics, the price is not high, it is worth trying.

Red Piano restaurant

Red Piano restaurant has two floors, and the dining environment is first class throughout Siem Reap. The color of the whole restaurant is mainly red, it is easy to stir people’s passion, fell in love with here. Formerly a colonial-era residence, it is now a place where many tourists to Siem Reap have a drink.

people in the restaurant
Drink
Drink from the Red Piano

If you come early, you can occupy a seat on the second floor, few people and good visibility, in addition, you can also hear the people in the bar opposite singing.

Khmer Kitchen Restaurant

Khmer Kitchen, this restaurant should be the best and most authentic place for Khmer cuisine. If you’re visiting Cambodia for the first time and want to try authentic Khmer dishes, Khmer Kitchen will be your best option.

Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Khmer Kitchen Restaurant

Khmer Kitchen has 2 branches at the Pub Street, and the restaurant has always been very popular with tourists because of its good taste and the many visitor recommendations. If you run into a full branch, the waiter will take you to another of their branches (don’t worry, it’s under the Khmer Kitchen, just across an alley).

Another branch of the Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Another branch of the Khmer Kitchen Restaurant
Few customers in the restaurant
In the morning, there were few customers in the restaurant

When I came to Khmer Kitchen Restaurant around 11 a.m., there was no customer in the restaurant. It’s a little early. The waiter handed over the menu, and when I ordered, I found that Cambodian cuisine seems to be similar to Western food. Probably because it was colonized by France for a long time, the style of food is also Westernized. I ordered a salad with meat, a fried pork chop and a bowl of pasta. At this time, I was still hesitating whether to order something else, the waiter had stopped me, said that if you eat alone, it would be enough. I looked at her suspiciously and thought maybe the dish was bigger. I didn’t know why until I got the food. I wanted pasta to be staple food, and who knew that I had a big bowl of rice in addition to the other dishes. So I had a big bowl of rice, a big bowl of pasta and two quite large dishes on my table. Oh, it seems that this is a country where every meal must have rice.

Haven

Haven is a training restaurant run by a Swiss couple that specializes in helping disadvantaged youth in orphanages and from poor rural areas. Help these young people out of poverty by teaching them high-quality job skills.

Staffs, Haven Restaurant
Staffs, Haven Restauran

The restaurant isn’t large, only a small garden, divided indoors and outdoors. But everyone likes to sit outside and eat in a stone-covered garden, and although there is no air conditioning, the ambiance of sitting under the trees in a garden also added to the experience.

Entrance, Haven Restaurant
Entrance, Haven Restaurant
Garden, Haven Restaurant
Garden, Haven Restaurant

As soon as we entered the restaurant, the waiter asked if we had a reservation, and I said no. He looked at the seats in the restaurant and thought for a moment. Fortunately, there were not many customers at noon, some seats were available, the waiter let us in. But the people who came later, because no reservations were politely persuaded to leave, it seemed that we were very lucky.

The menu was exquisite, with detailed descriptions and pictures of dishes. We ordered two dishes, both traditional Cambodian food.

Khmer Amok, Amok is a classic Cambodian food, cooked with coconut and curry, with a slice of basil leaf. This dish is a bit spicy, but the taste of coconut is very strong, with chicken, pork and fish to choose from, with rice and sauce, the taste is very good.

Khmer Amok
Khmer Amok

Fish Filet with green Mongo, this is a very special dish, if you eat green mangoes directly, it’s really sour and astringent, but with fried fish and sauce, actually delicious!

Although not many dishes on the menu, but from rice to hamburgers have, and the serving size is very sufficient, the price is not expensive, the average about 7 dollars a dish, cost-effective is quite high.

Fresh Fruit Factory

This place is a hidden gem of Siem Reap. Unique ambiance, delicious food, and such lovely owners. This restaurant is started by a Japanese couple who are very friendly, very polite, very warm and seem to really love what they are doing! The service was fast, and the staff were friendly and professional. The food was fresh and healthy, pancakes and ice cream towers were mouth-watering. This is one of the best places to go for desserts after lunch during your stay in Siem Reap.

The restaurant also promotes local goods to help the Cambodian people. For example, they also sell cashew nuts from local communities. A special place with special staff and special menus, oh, and special owners. It’s really worth a visit.

Georges Rhumerie French Restaurant

Address: Georges_Ln, Siem Reap, 27254 Cambodia (4.5 miles from Angkor Wat)

This is a fine French restaurant. We ordered a 5-point cooked Philly steak with red wine juice and french fries, and a chocolate mousse with ice cream. Steak didn’t taste very tender, but because the beef wasn’t pre-cured, it still tasted good. Dessert was the highlight, and chocolate mousse was made with pure chocolate, a soft, slippery taste, and a slight hazelnut aroma. Since the chocolate was a little too sweet, the chef paired it with vanilla ice cream, this match was very thoughtful.

Georges Rhumerie French Restaurant
Georges Rhumerie French Restaurant
Philly steak with red wine juice and french fries
Philly steak with red wine juice and french fries

The dining experience here was great. Their food is of high quality and staff service is professional, attentive and thoughtful. Our waiter gave us good advice on food and served us very warmly.