We eat out. A lot. It’s so darn affordable here that there is no reason not to. By the time you have bought your favourite pasta, ingredients for a sauce etc, you have probably spent more than a great meal at a local restaurant. Likely it’s less healthy too.
Based on my love of vibrant flavours, simple decor and how close it is to my house, this is my list of where to eat in Phnom Penh.
Start your day at Brown aka the reason Starbucks will never enter this country. Beautifully designed and locally owned, they’re the hipster living room you’ll never have. The coffee is good, the food does OK and the friendliness fantastic (our local Brown bought my son a goldfish, just saying).
Choose from one of 7 locations. We like Brown Pencil (#17, St. 214 (Near Pencil Supermarket and ICS)) and Brown Sotheros (#102, Sothearos Blvd , St. 266) because they’re not overrun with school kids or expats.
What to eat: Pain aux raisins moi and the build your own breakfast sandwich thing.
#39, street 240, Phnom Penh
Find a moment of tranquility on St. 240 on the back patio of this cute cafe. Perfect for kids, you will fall in love with fresh baked goods, homemade tapenades (try the sun-dried tomato) and their delectable chocolates.
What to eat: Pancake with fruit, muesli & yoghurt or the Cheese and Chutney on Linseed Bread.
Tourist Information Center,
Next to Chatomuk Theater, Riverside Sisowath Quay
Dim sum, dim sum for everyone! There are three Yi Sang’s in the city but we like the one on Sisowath next to Chaktomuk Theater. It’s not so busy in the morning as the one at Almond Hotel (which is absolutely packed) and you have a view of the river/ a summer breeze. From a food perspective, it’s a dim sum place, grab your green tea and dive into dim summy goodness.
What to eat: Steamed BBQ Pork Buns, Pork & Shrimp dumplings, Sesame Balls
Corner St. 148 & Sisowath Quay
Metro is the grande dame of brunch places. If you’re looking for a long, lazy brunch, that is not a hotel, it’s perfect for people watching, mimosas and a wide range of eggs. It’s not the cheapest spot in the city but the Benedicts are to die for. Healthful hollandaise? Yes please!
What to eat: Passion Fruit Mimosa(s) and the Spinach Eggs Benedict
Now that I’m on a roll, I realise that this may be a very long post so we’re going to break it into meal types. Tomorrow, where to eat lunch.