The Banana Tree restaurant is a good spot to stop for lunch in the Tonle Bassac area of South Phnom Penh, not far from the Independence Memorial (on the way back from the Russian Market or Tuol Sleng Museum).
Located in the La Rose Suites, it offers good service, is nicely air conditioned, and has good food.
Fresh spring rolls
Fish Amok medium $5.85US
M02Pra hok kris, minced pork
M05 Stir fried pork ribs
M06 stir fried beef and ginger
M08 Stir fried beef with Khmer curry paste coconut and green beans medium serve
M12 medium serve fried fish with green mango in spicy sauce
M 15 stated Khmer permanated fish
La Rose Suites
No. 4B Street 21
Sang kart Tonle Bassac
South Phnom Penh
Romdeng is one of the two sister restaurants in Phnom Penh that belong to six Friends International restaurants across Cambodia and Laos, that train former street kids in hospitality skills.
Service is professional, friendly and efficient and it’s fun to interact with students and help them in their learning.
Like Makphet in Vientianne, Romdeng food mixes local regional dishes with western preferences in interesting and fresh beautifully presented recipes mirroring those featured in their cookbooks.
Flavours are a all delight, you can’t make a bad choice. It would be wonderful to work through the whole menu.
Romdeng also has a lovely pool that guests of the restaurant can use.
Best to go in the afternoon when it’s quite and enjoy an early cocktail or ice cream, but also lovely in the evening.
Crispy Tarantulas with Black Pepper and Lime Sauce $4.25 US
Grilled fish fillet with young tamarind and green mango relish $7 US
Five spice pork belly stir fried with Kampot Green Peppercorn and Pickled cabbage $6 US
Char grilled eggplant with pork and coriander $6.50 US
Stir fried tree ants with beef fillet and holy basil $7.50 US
Romdeng’s famous chicken and vegetable curry served with baguette (which went amazingly well with it) $6.50 US
Crispy rice noodles with Tofu salad with Potato coriander Spring rolls $6.25 US
The cocktails are amazing….
Frozen lime and black pepper daiquiri $4.50 US & Frozen mango and lime daiquiri $4.50 US
Candied ginger and pineapple margarita with Chilli $4.50 US
Fresh lime and black pepper icecream and coconut sorbet $3, amazing!
The local restaurant at the first French built school in Phnom Penh, now Sisovath High School, is a good spot to try some of the more challenging Cambodian snack foods.
Deep fried frog ( lots of small bones to navigate)
Duck eggs ( with baby duck cooked inside!) like leathery boiled egg, good with the dipping sauce.
Meatballs with dipping sauce Egg dish cooking
Located on the corner of Norodom Road and 174 Street, between 178 and 174 Streets on opposite side to the river.
The Cardamom Hotel in Phnom Penh is centrally located near the central markets and opposite the wonderful Romdeng Hotel. The Deluxe double room number 609 (see below) is an excellent at $78 US a night.
It offers a room safe, fridge and tea making facilities. It also generally caters for groups.
A standard room (like 605 below) is $58US.
Breakfast is a buffet, offering a good range of options….
…including a combination of traditions such asFrench baguette, Khmer soup, tropical fruit and sweet sticky rice.
Overall it’s a good business hotel with free wifi and pretty good breakfast, a cafe and a handy location.
A good way to kickstart a food themed trip to Cambodia, is to use the Intrepid 8 day Real Food Adventure to get your bearings.
Priced at around $1000 per person (less if you sign up for the email newsletter and make use of the frequent discounts, or use the $100 discount link), it’s good value.
Accommodation is quite good and usually includes a pool. It includes an excellent cooking class, a street food tour, a great cycle tour of Phnom Penh, the chance to try many ‘delicacies’, a bike tour of Battambang cottage food industries, the highlights of Cambodia like Angkor Wat, local village life and the opportunity to ride on the Bamboo train and enjoy a home cooked meal.