Where to eat come breakfast and lunchtime in Phnom Penh
Set on leafy Street 240, one of the capital’s best roads for languid browsing, Enso Café wasted no time in capturing the hearts of Phnom Penh’s brunchers. This large, modern space is splashed with colonial-style tiles and an eclectic collection of reading materials to match its wide-ranging menu. The brunch options are what this place is most famous for, and we would recommend the avocado and feta smash with basil, or the chak chouka, a Tunisian dish of baked eggs with chorizo, peppers, tomatoes and olives.
Tel: +855 (0)78 626 240 Website: enso-cafe.com
Phnom Penh’s prettiest lunchtime spot, Lemon Tree is set inside and outside of a traditional wooden house that has been rejuvenated by a vivid paint job in sunny turquoise and yellow. Equally bright deck chairs encircle wooden tables, while the day’s menu is handwritten on chalkboards. Pretty much everything on the Mediterranean-influenced menu is good, particularly the hefty salads and freshly baked quiches, but it takes an especially strong will to resist the potatoes cooked in goose fat and served with homemade mayo – if they don’t come as part of your meal, be sure to order them as a side.
Tel: +855 (0)15 315 300
Home to the best breakfast and brunch options in the increasingly cool Russian Market area, Lot 369 brings a slice of Australia’s world-class café culture to Phnom Penh. Most seating is al fresco, though there is a small air-conditioned space upstairs, along with a children’s playroom. The focus here is on great coffee and brunch-type fare such as the superb paleo muesli served with a miniature cleansing green smoothie. For the treat days, however, it’s difficult to look past the breakfast stack – a poached egg, tomato, spinach and bacon piled on a homemade hash brown.
Tel: +855 (0)12 345 541
Backyard is the place to be for those who take a healthy diet seriously. Perennially packed, this white, airy space just a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace is well established on the capital’s food scene and had just opened a Siem Reap outpost, known as Vibe, as Discover went to press. Expect plenty of vegan, raw and gluten-free options, such as the abundance bowl, packed full of tempeh, quinoa, cashew cheese and all manner of good stuff. This is health food, but it’s health food served in giant portions to get you through the day.