Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What & Where to Eat in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the largest city and the capital of Cambodia. It is considered to be a 'rough' city. But despite this negative reputation, Phnom Penh is an easy and wonderful place which serves as a great introduction to Cambodia. It was said to be the "Paris of the East" in the 1970's. It is trying to retain the old glory which lost due to certain tragic circumstances. The abundance of beautiful wide boulevards, majestic colonial architecture and park like riverfront with cafés and restaurants help make Phnom Penh a worthwhile destination. Besides sightseeing and buying ethnic items, what/where to eat in Phnom Penh is a major concern of the tourists.

Restaurant in PhnoPenh
The interesting culinary treats offered in Phnom Penh are not available anywhere else in Cambodia. There is wide range of French influenced dishes. The dining also mixes Thai, Vietnamese and modern takes with traditional Cambodian dishes. The standard backpacker fare consisting of a pizza-banana pancake-fried rice combination is always easily available. This is mainly found along the riverfront where all varieties of stalls ranging from stand-up stalls up to fine French Bistros are readily available. Tourists of Phnom Penh have wide range of eating options and restaurants. Hence getting information about what/where to eat in Phnom Penh is not a hard task. There are numerous restaurants available of different budget ranges. 
The list on what/where to eat at Phnom Penh is enhanced by the availability of some fabulous Asian Restaurants. The beautifully decorated Khmer Surin Restaurant in Phnom Penh, located south of Sihanouk Boulevard is a rather romantic restaurant which serves delicious Khmer and Thai food. The traditional Khmer seafood dish and amok provided by the restaurant are unique. Bali Cafe has good quality Indonesian food. The other Asian restaurants in Phnom Penh are Mith Samlanh (Good Friends) Restaurant and The Boddhi Tree Restaurant.

Comme á la Maison Restarant
The good Continental restaurants in Phnom Penh are Comme á la Maison Restaurant, Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC) Restaurant, Rendezvous Café and Tamarind Café. The FCC Restaurant in Phnom Penh provides superb views of the river with modern colonial-style charm,and is a favourite hang-out offering particularly good desserts. Their signature cocktails, Tonle Sap Breezer and Burmese Rum Sour are also worth a tasting. The French restaurants in Phnom Penh like Le Deauville Restaurant, River House Restaurant and Topaz Restaurant provides fine French dishes in modern and well decorated interiors. Eating in Phnom Penh can also be attributed to the presence of Italian restaurants in Phnom Penh offering fabulous Italian dishes.

What/where to eat in Phnom Penh is a common issue which most tourists face while visiting the place. The excellent quality of the dishes available at these restaurants and cafés makes for fabulous eating options in Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh travel guide shall remain incomplete without the details of the eating joints which are the main attractions while visiting any place.


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