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Offwego's Picks for bars and restaurants in Siem Reap

Offwego's Picks for bars and restaurants in Siem Reap

Jul 29th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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The Dogster is always a classy addition to Linga Bar and Hotel Be Angkor. Though he is a braver man than me to navigate the Old Market for a "two dollah" manicure.
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Jul 31st, 2009, 07:11 AM
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MrLinga, Thanks for the great info. It looks like i'll be in SP around Thanksgiving. Have a great time with mom and enjoy the organ meat.
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Jul 31st, 2009, 07:12 AM
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Sorry I meant SR.
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Aug 1st, 2009, 05:26 AM
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Hi Mr. Linga,
Pleased to see you again here. I like Linga bar very much, the first night at siem reap of my trip was Linga bar is fantastic cocktail and .... the second night was at Temple Bar, also good.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 11:01 PM
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'expiates & tourist curry lovers...'

I'm not entirely sure that Maharajah belongs on this list. If I was offwego [and I aspire to this] I would be thinking about clicking on that nice little exclamation mark and maintaining the purity of the post.

I can only hope that THIS Indian restaurant is not connected to the other one in Pub Street, perpetrators of THE WORST INDIAN FOOD in the world.
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Sep 26th, 2009, 11:07 PM
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Thank you dogster, you and I are more alike than I dare imagine. Duly reported and button pressed.

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Dec 10th, 2009, 07:10 PM
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A new addition to the list:

Irrawaddi on Wat Bo, next to the Soria Moria Hotel. Really amazing Burmese food, served up by a recently transplanted Burmese family. The owner's name is Cho Cho; she speaks very good English and is most eloquent regarding the trials of the Burmese people and how it is for her, living outside the country. Interesting to hear the perspective of someone who thinks life in Cambodia "is SO easy~!"

Everything on the menu is $1.50, so get a few things to share. And do not leave without trying the "Tea Leaf Salad". I believe there's heroin in that stuff- I have been known to bolt out the door in the middle of the night for a bowl of it.
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Mar 2nd, 2010, 05:23 PM
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Just read your post as i"m researching places to eat in Siem Reap....lots of good suggestions. Thanks for doing the "stomach" work.
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Mar 20th, 2010, 12:54 PM
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Please excuse my ignorance, but is Chilli a big deal in Seim Reap, my travelling companion is highly allergic, as in die allergic, would it be safe to eat at Khmer Kitchen?
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Mar 20th, 2010, 02:43 PM
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Chili is a frequent ingredient in all SE Asia cuisines. No matter where your friend eats, s/he will need to be explicit about the need for NO chili.
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Mar 20th, 2010, 05:31 PM
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Thanks Kathie, we usuaually dont get much reaction from people until you say she'll die, then all of a sudden no chilli changes to, well there is a little bit.
Can be a challenge even here in Australia.
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Mar 20th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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This is shaping up to be my favorite restuarant in Siem Reap. Very well prepared french food in an equally beautiful setting. This is the consummate "date place". Amazing wine list and possibly the best creme brulee I've had anywhere and that's sayin' something.

Sugar Palm
Upsclae khmer food in a beautiful traditional wooden stilt house. Worth the trip for the crispy spring rolls and pomelo salad.

India Gate
A hole in the wall just west of Pub Street. Whateevr you have, it will be good and be sure to have the cottage cheese naan bread with it.

For Life
Another hole in the wall, khmer food, owned and operated by khmers, which is a novelty. Good mix of western and khmer food, everything made by "mom" in the kitchen, very high quality food for a very reasonable price. This place is in the alley just down from Miss Wong's, which has become my favorite drink stop.
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Mar 22nd, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Lori, have you tried Nest yet? Looks lovely (and expensive).

Definitely agree about For Life. Glad to hear it's still there.
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Apr 18th, 2010, 07:34 PM
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sorry just now seeing this a month later....yes the Nest is lovely. And expensive. But more the former than the latter so worth a trip. Nice loungy atmosphere, good music. Their cocktail list is highly imaginative and well presented. They also have nice ashtrays.
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May 6th, 2010, 07:02 PM
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have you tried Selantra lately? I was very disappointed with the food and atmosphere...and we were the only couple there. Maybe the chef was off since it was a few days before the New Year's celebration.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 08:25 PM
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Offwego, Mr. Linga. All of you. I have to tell you that I am beyond looking forward to our 3 nights of sampling all that Siem Reap has to offer and your posts make it all so appealing and Offwego, you are a very funny writer. Honestly, I could skip the temples and just drink my way through town. That would be a first. Never mind that...
Thank you all so much for such great information. Am traveling with a real connoiseur of all things liquour and food and I cannot wait to impress our little group with my knowledge of making them all so very very happy. I kept looking for BBQ mice pizza within the blogs but then realized it probably only came with a thin crust so there was no need to mention it. Thanks again. goldey
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Aug 17th, 2010, 03:37 AM
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Update: Touich Restaurant. Amazing. Owned by a local guy who lived in France for a while; he loves to cook, he loves to see people happy. Very relaxed atmosphere, good music, a rarity. Best dishes: Battambang Laab, "Glowing Ember Pork Chop" Whole Red Snapper, Frog with ginger. Have the khmer mojito! It's an adventure getting there, on the road behind Wat Preah Enkosai, no one knows where it is; have your tuktuk driver call for directions and hang on, cuz it's a boom boom road 092-808040. Have your driver wait; it's on a back road and no other drivers out there. If it's easier, just call me and I'll go with you!

Scratch Selantra's from the list. I think he must be about to go out of business so the food is getting icky and you'll be the only diners. Scratch East India Curry; it's also taken a slide.

Samot is an italian place now and it's still very good, but it's lost some of it's panache.

Finally, there's a little japanese place next door to Miss Wong's (my faborite drinking hole) that has amazing fried chicken.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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Touich Restaurant - sounds great, will add that on our list of places to eat when in SR - D and I would Love it if you can join us? I will email you as soon as i have dates, looking to book flights within the next week or so.
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Aug 17th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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Lori, I had my heart set on revisiting For Life last week, but it was closed. Looked like it was being remodeled, but I don't know if it was for new owners are just a low-season redecoration.

Agree about Selantra. Had a very good sandwich there, but it was a little 'off'.

I had a really great meal at Chamkar, a vegetarian place in the Passage. I see it's not one the list, but I know you like your meat.

This last trip I was a bit disappointed to see that almost all the restaurants - even the good ones - were drifting towards the same mish-mash menu. It's like that movie where in the future all restaurants are Taco Bell (or Pizza Hut if you saw it outside the US).
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Aug 18th, 2010, 06:06 AM
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Will be in Siem Reap in October so am looking forward to all these restaurants.
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