The planet’s most popular cuisines are all present and correct in Cambodia, where it’s easy to find praiseworthy pizza and tikka worth travelling for
French: La Résidence
The Gallic influence remains strong in Cambodia, with a great many French restaurants, from casual bistros to silver service extravaganzas, all turning out predictably excellent food. La Résidence is a perennial favourite, and while it is difficult to look past classics such as beef tartare and tournedos rossini, digging a little deeper into the menu, particularly among the fish offerings, is highly recommended.
Italian: Il Forno
With a lovely al fresco spot in Siem Reap and a ritzier outpost in Phnom Penh,
Il Forno is widely agreed to be Cambodia’s finest purveyor of Italian food. The wood-fired pizzas are excellent, as is the tortelli with parma ham and porcini mushrooms, but for
a mighty meaty treat go for the spare ribs smothered in honey and mustard seeds.
This modern space overlooking Diamond Island in Phnom Penh serves up high-grade Chinese food to a discerning clientele. The menu covers everything from Cantonese barbecue to excellent wok-fried options, but it’s the house speciality seafood platters that will astound eyes and tastebuds in equal measure.
Of the many Japanese restaurants in Phnom Penh, Japub seems to have captured the imagination more than most. Its diminutive stature – it seats just eight people and does not accept reservations – results in almost constant queues outside, as does the excellent nigiri and sashimi, though we would recommend the omakase menu selected by the chef.
Cambodia is home to a great deal of excellent Indian food, but this smart little restaurant in Siem Reap might just be the best. The menu is extensive and largely excellent but, in our opinion, two of the house specialities are the star turns – be sure to kick things off with the plump and spicy Dakshin prawns before feeling the hearty burn of the fried pepper lamb.
Brooklyn’s opening heralded a big step up for Cambodia in the American comfort food stakes. There’s definitely no better place in the country for American-style, thicker crust pizzas, while pretty much everything else on the menu – from burgers and barbecue ribs to chicken wings and Cuban sandwiches – rarely slips below excellent.