It’s rather difficult finding Cambodian restaurants in Siem Reap that serve only vegetarian food, but this is one of them!
This gourmet restaurantopened in the beginning of July ’08, and it’s a tiny place on the PubStreet alley (the Passage).
I went back and forth looking for it, but I missed it twice! It’slocated right beside the Cambodian BBQ and exactly across from thegallery.
They say right on the menu that they don’t serve any meat with thedishes (unlike other restaurants that can whip up vegetarian dishesout of non-vegetarian ones). So if you’re a strict vegetarian, hereyou’ll be able to eat only vegetables and fruits with theknowledge thatthere’s no meat at all in the kitchen.
And when I said that this is a gourmet restaurant, I meantgourmet. The menu has some unusual and unique dishes that you don’t seeevery day. It might take you awhile to decide what you wantbecause each dish seems interesting and requires some thought.There’s no automatic ordering here.
The menu also has French subtitles, so if youknow a bit of French you get to practice it here. =)
I ordered the grilled vegetable skewers, and WOW, they were absolutelydelicious. Ordinary produce was completely transformed into somethingextraordinary.
The skewers had banana, mushroom, chili, pineapple,onions, and eggplant, and although that might sound like a weirdcombination, the end result was just amazing.
It was served with white rice on the side, a bit of pickle, and a smallserving of lime pepper sauce. Supposedly this was a Cambodian recipe,but other than the lime pepper sauce, it tasted ‘international’to me (and that is not a complaint).
It did take a while for the food to come out (grilling in a low fire, Isuppose), but if you are in good company (a person, a book, orsomething else) that should not be a problem.
The French owner also managed to get some gorgeous looking cutlery. Andthe table setting is really cute too; white crisp linen with littlechilies for decorations.
Price wise, the dishes are probably a tad bit more expensive thanothers around. The grilled skewers were $4.50, plus they charge a 10%tax on top of that.
But still, considering how delicious the foodtastes and how nice everything else is, you’ll leave feeling verysatisfied, thinking that the meal was quite a bargain!
So in short…
Go here! Whether or not you’re a vegetarian, do not miss out on some ofthegreat food at Chamkar. This Cambodian restaurant is really a find.
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This Cambodian restaurant just did everything right, from the decor and table settings to the beautifully presented menu. Our group were all meat eaters, …
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I like the food. I like the place only because its simple and tasty.
Stumbled upon this place on a quiet night, a very pleasant surprise. Tried the ‘Glory Pot’, a soup made with morning glory greens. Subtle and complex flavours, …
I had a nice dinner there, Biting Amok, I like the rice there, it is so nice. It was a comfort for a dinner. I will choose new dishes next time with friend. …
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I just having my lunch at Chamkar. I had been staying in Cambodia for half year at Pnom Penh, what can I commend is the food really nice and delicious. …
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