With its neighbours turning out some of the world’s tastiest food, it’s little wonder that Cambodia offers up everything from tantalising tikka to succulent sashimi
Fu Lu Zu: Chinese
The sprawling Sofitel hotel in Phnom Penh is the home of Fu Lu Zu, one of Cambodia’s smartest Chinese restaurants. Popular for its dim sum buffet, which is well worth a try, this place truly comes into its own when ordering à la carte. Chef Lee, who has worked all over Asia, turns out exquisite braised king mushrooms, while if there was ever one spot to sample bird’s nest soup, this is it.
The Hashi: Japanese
Now in a new location in the Wat Bo area, the Hashi has been serving Siem Reap’s best Japanese food for years. Everything here is created with the exacting standards and delicate presentation we have come to expect from Japanese cuisine, with a particular focus on high-quality ingredients such as kobe beef direct from Japan and salmon from Norway.
Village Roast Duck: Malaysian
Phnom Penh is home to a handful of delicious hole-in-the-wall Malaysian affairs but, at the upper end of the market, Village Roast Duck is out on its own. As the name suggests, the duck is a highlight, along with any of the other roasted meats on offer, but it should certainly be accompanied by sambal belacan kangkung – water spinach stir-fried with the gloriously spicy paste known as sambal.
The Basil: Thai
Considering the two countries are neighbours, it is relatively tricky to find excellent Thai food in Cambodia. The Basil, tucked away inside the Thai-owned Regent Park hotel on Phnom Penh’s Sothearos Boulevard, is one of the exceptions. All the Thai staples are present and correct, and every one that we’ve tried is well put together. So whether you plump for pad thai or go for gaeng khiao wan, the Basil has got you covered.
It is actually quite a challenge to find bad Indian food in Cambodia, but this dapper little spot just a stone’s throw from Siem Reap’s Pub Street stands a hair’s breadth above the rest. The menu is extensive, but 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.