Phnom Penh is a truly magical city. A melting pot of cultures, the city never fails to deliver excitement and novelty. This is particularly true in the capital’s culinary world, where all the world’s flavors come to meet at the tip of your tongue. Looking for the best restaurants in Phnom Penh? Here are our top picks.
Eleven One Kitchen
Mrs. Soklim, the founding mother of Eleven One Kitchen, brings you her finest contributions to the culinary and hospitality world. With a strong vision for quality food that is healthy and delightful, her selection of additive-free Khmer and Western dishes is something to die for.
Eleven One Kitchen’s weekly surprise menu is a treat for both newcomers and regulars of this fine establishment. The restaurant also prepares catering for corporate events, weddings and more. You wouldn’t miss one out on some of the best food in Cambodia, would you?
Find this restaurant on Street 460, Toul Tum Poung I or Street 334, Boeung Keng Kang I in Phnom Penh.
“Casual fine dining” is the phrase that best describes Bistrot Langka. If you are a traveller who wants to try authentic French-Cambodian fusion, this is the place for you.
Apart from the casual, cosy dining environment, the cooking techniques and menu are more or less the same as the standard cuisine française – sous vide style of vacuum-packed cooking, for instance. Tuna tataki and duck breast are their specialties.
Find this restaurant at Street 51, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang 1, Phnom Penh.
The rebellious cousin of the many French-Mediterranean restaurants in Phnom Penh is Majorelle. Although it has more of a café-vibe than a restaurant, Majorelle still serves fantastic fusion cuisine inspired by Greece and Italy, and even food from exotic lands such as Tunisia, Madagascar and Tahiti.
Their tremendous effort in food presentation and quality customer service are a couple of things that Majorelle have adapted from the cultures from which they’ve taken inspiration. Keep an eye on their classic chalkboard menu.
Find Majorelle at Number 169, Street 154, Phnom Penh
Chez Tonton Phnom Penh
Overlooking the Mekong, Chez Tonton serves amazing food that is as beautiful as the mother of rivers. Imagine this – you are hungry for something familiar, like a hamburger. It’s a safe choice, nothing fancy, delicious yet simple. When Tonton’s burger arrives, it will blow your expectations away featuring a perfect patty (crusty on the outside, tender on the inside) melted cheese on top, with fries and homemade sauce.
Chez Tonton takes the simple everyday recipes – such as kebab, french fries, steak with red wine – and improves them to an outstanding level.
Find this restaurant at Number 331, Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Theato Restaurant at The Balé Phnom Penh
Theato holds a reputation as one of southeast Asia’s leading culinary destinations. It houses a powerful combination of local Khmer flavors and the latest trends in the global culinary world. Our team is able to deliver an innovative and authentic multicultural menu for your dining pleasure.
Don’t hesitate to savor the classic Mekong broth with giant prawns, seared beef salad with soft poached egg, and the South Cambodian Kep crab and Kampot pepper stir-fry. Theato opens daily from 7am to 11pm. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the best BBQ by the Mekong River.
These are simply the five top restaurants that we want to share with you in our series. Stay tuned for more! Don’t forget to book your room at The Balé Phnom Penh, for an exciting dinner by the river experience.