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The best restaurants in Siem Reap you must try in 2019(10 min read)

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Welcome to the best restaurants in Siem Reap List in 2019, our handpicked best of Cambodia’s food scene. These are the tastiest places to eat in this city right now: the freshest, most inventive and most memorable, ranked by Lonely Planet expert local editors (Top choice Restaurants in Siem Reap, Cambodia).

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1. Cuisine Wat Damnak

HISTORY & STORY

Cuisine Wat Damnak brings together authentic Cambodian flavors and French culinary technique to create a cuisine true to its Cambodian roots yet wholly unique. Chef Joannès Rivière’s innovative menus are inspired by the food traditions of Cambodia’s golden age, when each day’s fare was made up of herbs and vegetables from the family garden and fish and game from the surrounding fields. While today most produce in Siem Reap is imported from outside Cambodia, Cuisine Wat Damnak’s ingredients are almost entirely sourced from nearby farms and foraged wild from around Siem Reap Province: ambarella and Kuy fruits, edible flowers, water lily stems, fish and seafood from the Mekong and Tonle Sap. The menu changes every week to reflect the seasons, the chef’s skill and creativity, and the terroir of Siem Reap, for a dining experience unlike any other.

Housed in a traditional Cambodian wooden house in the heart of Siem Reap’s Wat Damnak village, Cuisine Wat Damnak offers three distinct dining experiences. Downstairs, the modern dining room is a stylish, air-conditioned space decorated with local artwork and handicrafts. The fan-cooled upstairs retains the wooden house’s traditional Cambodian country charm, with an ambiance that complements the menu. Outside, the softly lit garden is the perfect place to appreciate balmy Cambodian evenings, surrounded by lush tropical greenery and local herbs.

Joannès Rivière was born and raised near Roanne, a small French town in the Loire, a region famous for its gastronomy. Joannès obsession with seasonality and farm-to-table eating began early, when he worked at the family restaurant run by his father, who also grew vegetables for the renowned Michelin three-star restaurant, La Maison Troisgros. After graduating from cooking school in France, Joannès worked as a pastry chef in the US for two years and learned an impressive amount of American slang.

Cuisine Wat Damnak Siem Reap
© Photo Credit: Cuisine Wat Damnak Siem Reap

In 2003 he first came to Cambodia as a volunteer cooking teacher for the Sala Bai Hotel School in Siem Reap, where he wrote the school’s cookbook, Cambodian Cooking. Before opening Cuisine Wat Damnak, Joannès spent five years as the executive chef at Siem Reap’s famed Hotel de la Paix. In Cambodia, he also met his partner Carole Salmon, with whom he runs Cuisine Wat Damnak. Fluent in Khmer, the couple has embraced their adopted country, its culture, and its food. Their hard work has been rewarded with critical acclaim, and the restaurant was recently named one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants.

* Reservations via phone & email only

LOCATION

Street 7 Makara, Wat Damnak Village Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Website: http://www.cuisinewatdamnak.com

2. Spoons Cafe

HISTORY & STORY

Make your meal count. Dining at Spoons is an easy and delicious way to contribute to the personal and educational development of underserved Cambodian young adults. Spoons café serves as a training facility and multipurpose space for EGBOK students to gain hands-on experience while providing guests with authentic Cambodian cuisine and hospitality.

A visit to Spoons allows you to take part in the life-changing opportunity EGBOK provides students while experiencing the best of what Siem Reap has to offer. Sustainability is at the heart of Spoons—from its mission and its food to its construction and design elements.

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© Video Credit: Spoons, an EGBOK Café

They serve a delicious array of Cambodian cuisine, from street food favorites to classic home-style dishes. Stop in for a coffee and sweet treat, or stay longer for a hearty meal.

They serve a delicious array of Cambodian cuisine, from street food favorites to classic home-style dishes. Stop in for a coffee and a sweet treat, or stay longer for a hearty meal!

* Reservations via phone & email only

LOCATION

Street 7 Makara, Wat Damnak Village, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap City, Cambodia.

Website: http://egbokmission.org/spoons-cafe

3. Marum Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

Enjoy creative local cuisine, delicious cocktails (Happy Hour 4pm-7pm) and fruit shakes, made using only the freshest ingredients.

Take a break from temple touring and enjoy creative local cuisine, delicious cocktails and fruit shakes, made using only the freshest ingredients. All Marum dishes are designed to be shared so grab a friend and savour a little bit of everything!

© Photo Credit: Marum – Creative Local Cuisine Restaurant in Siem Reap

Named after the local ingredient, Moringa, also known as the ‘Tree of Life’, guests help build a future for the students in training while enjoying a memorable dining experience! 

All the profits are reinvested into the education of students in training and Kaliyan Mith social programs.

LOCATION

Por Trach Village, Sangkat Slor Kram, Siem Reap City, Cambodia.

Website: http://tree-alliance.org/our-restaurants/marum.php

4. Pot and Pan Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

The Family Pot & Pan restaurant, conveniently located in the middle of Siem Reap, is close to all the main attractions in the area. Thanks to its family atmosphere and affordable prices, the Family Pot & Pan can become your second home in Siem Reap, a cozy place where you can enjoy all your meals.

LOCATION

Sivatha Road, Steung Thmei, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Website: http://www.thepotandpanrestaurant.com

5. Mammashop Italian Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

A compact menu of terrific homemade pasta is the signature of this bright, friendly Italian corner bistro in the up-and-coming Kandal Village district. Add a selection of piadina romagnola (stuffed flatbread) pizza, a nice wine list, and delicious desserts, and this place is highly recommended.

5. Mamma Shop Italian Restaurant
© Photo Credit: Mamma Shop Italian Restaurant
LOCATION

Street Hapang Street, Hap Guan St, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mammashop.italian.restaurant

6. The Sugar Palm Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

The Sugar Palm restaurants are characterized by authentic Cambodian cuisine – the traditional home-style comfort food of the kind that Cambodian owner Chef Kethana learned to cook from her mother and grandmother.

Lamenting the loss of traditional Khmer cooking skills during the troubled times of the late 1970s, Chef Kethana, upon returning to her birthplace in 2002, opened restaurants in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Chef Kethana’s mission was to serve the kind of food that her mother and grandmother taught her to make, that she fondly recalls eating as a girl growing up in the capital.

Since opening her restaurants, Chef Kethana has consulted to chefs visiting Cambodia, from Gordon Ramsay to Luke Nguyen, providing expert advice for their television cooking shows.

Most nights, Chef Kethana can be found overseeing the kitchen of one of her restaurants – unless she’s out at her farm set amongst the rice-fields in the lush Cambodian countryside, where she occasionally hosts cooking classes.

LOCATION

Opposite Pannasastra University Street 27, Wat Bo Village, Sangkat Svay Rok, Siem Reap City, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Website: https://www.thesugarpalm.com

7. Le Malraux

HISTORY & STORY

Located in the heart of Siem Reap in the lively Old Market area, the “Malraux” brasserie has a unique setting that will let you fully enjoy a break between visits to the temples or old Market.

Open from the morning for a hearty breakfast, you can also choose from our full menus for lunch and dinner. Come and discover our French and Khmer specialties in a secret alleyway close to Old Market of Siem Reap, or sit inside on our comfortable couches in our 1930s “Art Nouveau” brasserie.

LOCATION

Street of Archbishop, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Website: https://www.lemalraux.com

8. Mie Cafe Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

Mie Cafe restaurant features gourmet cuisine in a serene garden setting located conveniently just north of town on the road to the ancient temples of Angkor. Set in lovely traditional Khmer wooden house with outdoor patio and garden offer a refreshing place to enjoy delightful unique treats. Chef Pola prepares Khmer and western gourmet artfully, combining his Swiss culinary training with knowledge of traditional Khmer dishes. 

LOCATION

0085, Phum Treng Khum Slorgram, Siem Reap City, Cambodia.

Website: http://miecafe-siemreap.com

9. Gelato and Coffee Lab Siem Reap

HISTORY & STORY

The great ice cream scooped up here is thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment, all-natural ingredients and – most importantly – plenty of passion courtesy of the Italian owner. Also pours some of the best hand-roasted coffee in town.

Gelato and Coffee Lab Siem Reap
© Photo Credit: Gelato and Coffee Lab Siem Reap

Authentic Italian gelato and sorbet in the heart of Siem Reap, made fresh daily with all-natural ingredients.

LOCATION

House # 11, Mondol 1 Village, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/gelatolabsiemreap

10. Chanrey Tree

HISTORY & STORY

Chanrey Tree is all about contemporary Khmer cuisine, combining a stylish setting with expressive presentation, while retaining the essentials of traditional Cambodian cooking. Try the eggplant with pork ribs or grilled stuffed frog.

© Video Credit: Chanrey Tree Restaurant in Siem Reap

LOCATION

Mondul 1 Village, Pokambor Ave, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Website: https://www.chanreytree.com

11. HAVEN

HISTORY & STORY

HAVEN is a training restaurant that creates new life prospects for underprivileged young adults, teaching them quality work skills & valuable life skills.

HAVEN is exactly what it means: an oasis for guests and a safe place for the trainees and staff.

Haven Restaurant - Chef Pardet with Trainees
© Photo Credit: Haven Restaurant – Chef Pardet with Trainees

While enjoying a dish from a special selection of flavourful Asian and Western food – including some Swiss specialties and many fresh vegetarian tidbits – you are supporting training program and are thereby helping a disadvantaged young adult to achieve a secure and independent future.

LOCATION

Chocolate Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Website: https://havencambodia.com

12. Mahob Khmer Restaurant

HISTORY & STORY

Owner and Siem Reap restaurateur Sothea Seng was looking for unique location for his new venture and when he came across this traditional Khmer house just off Charles de Gaulle, he knew he had found the perfect spot. The elegant property formerly belonged to a governor of Angkor Thom’s Peak Sneng district.

Beautifully decorated in the Khmer style with original features such as carved wooden roof detail and blinds, the house boasts an airy wooden upstairs section as well as a contemporary ground floor area which has been transformed into the main dining room, bar, and VIP air-conditioned room. The house has been carefully restored in keeping with all its original design features, including an attractive leaf roof sourced from the Kulen Mountain area.

A young and dynamic chef and also the restaurant’s owner, Sothea has always had a passion for food. With over ten years’ experience both locally and in luxury hotels in Dubai and the Caribbean, Sothea has gradually developed his unique cooking style.

His culinary flair has led him to open some of Siem Reap’s top restaurants including Nest Angkor Café, Hot Stone Café, and Palate Angkor. He also helped develop Italian restaurant Contro in Phnom Penh and was formerly head chef at The Plantation restaurant.

Sothea loves nothing more than to create original dishes, taking inspiration from organic produce and using the best local suppliers to ensure you have an exceptional dining experience every time.

LOCATION

137, Traing village, Group 3, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia.

Website: https://www.mahobkhmer.com

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