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Offwego's Picks for bars and restaurants in Siem Reap

Offwego's Picks for bars and restaurants in Siem Reap

Jan 29th, 2012, 08:37 PM
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Hey Aussierdreamer sounds like we are following the same path !! Hanoi,Halong Bay,Hue,HoiAn, HCMC, up the Mekong ,Phnom Penh and Siem Reap !
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Jan 29th, 2012, 09:03 PM
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Hey Marko.......but in reverse by the looks.

Depart Brisbane March 19, Siem Reap, 7 night cruise down the Mekong to HCMC, then up to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa. Away about 4 weeks in all. We will 'have' to go back to do Hue & HoiAn.
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Jan 29th, 2012, 09:07 PM
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ps. I see you are in Toowoomba, hows the water levels? We're down in Brisbane and its the first 'fine' day in what seems like forever.
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Jan 29th, 2012, 11:33 PM
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All foggy and damp AD!
Dams are as full as !
We are going to be away for about three and a half weeks. Leaving on the 9 th.
Who are you flying with?
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Jan 30th, 2012, 01:12 AM
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Singapore airlines b/class with points. You?
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Jan 30th, 2012, 01:56 AM
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Business class on Singapore for us as well! Unfortunately its not the A380 to Singapore !
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Apr 15th, 2012, 05:45 AM
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UPDATE: Some new places; they change so quick I can barely keep up.

Cuisine Wat Damnak: Two fixed menus that change weekly. Prices are high for Siem Reap ($24 w/o drinks) but stupidly cheap compared to what you'd pay for a meal like this in the first world. Excellent cocktails, air conditioning. And you don't have to dress up! Book ahead, closed on mondays.

El Camino: Not everyone wants Tex Mex when they're on holiday in SEA so that's why you'll usually find a cheery bunch of expats sitting around getting high on tacos. I am from Texas and I can tell you this is excellent texmex. The pomelo margaritas are not to be missed during happy hour.

Upstairs cafe: amazing bakery items/coffee shop, simple breakfasts. On Wat Bo Road

Sadly Irrawaddi is now closed. As is the fried chicken place next to Miss Wongs.

If you see one of the numerous street carts selling "banana chocolate pancake" please stop what you're doing and have one.

Hawaii Pizza just off Wat Bo has an excellent "House Special" pizza. Garlic lovers will be in heaven.

Chili Si Dang on the river has a wide selection of food including a very good bangers and mash and is a good choice for lunch with ice cold beer always being served up. Nice place to listen to the expats solve all the worlds problems in the evenings. Next door at the cafe with the name I can't pronounce is the best cashew nut shake in town.

For down-market dining, the new mini-hawker center across from Central Market has a place called "fathers" and they've got a nice mix of local and malaysian food, as does the place next door that I also can't pronounce. Wander back behind fathers and find the lady making ice coffee with milk, also the best in town, don't worry about the ice or the fact that it's being served in a plastic bag if you order it to go, and you do because it stinks back there. Continue to the very back and you'll end up at a row of fruit sellers. Ask for what's local (guaranteeing that's what's in season and therefore cheap) and try the local fruit.

Chamkar: excellent vegetarian food. I seek this place out and I'm not vegetarian.

On that note, my favorite Khmer BBQ place has moved from it's grotty location near Wat Damnak to a new one off Wat Bo. The food excellent as always and now in a cleaner environment. I have no idea what it's called. If anyone wants to go there, it's like this: start at Hotel de la Paix, head east toward the river, cross the river, cross wat bo road and it's on your right about half a block down, with enough flashing lights to let you know you've arrived. There are a bunch of grills set up in the front, you'll smell it before you arrive. Take as many people as you can rustle up to share the best on offer: the beef, the fried rice with kale and beef, the frogs, the grilled squid, the duck with red ant sauce, and do not under any circumstances forget the corn, you've never had it prepared like this. Beer is tricky, several different girls, all selling different labels will vie for your order, tell the food waiter you want a "jug of anchor" and they will leave you alone.
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Apr 15th, 2012, 10:22 AM
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Pomelo margarita - I have to come back!
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Apr 15th, 2012, 04:26 PM
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I'm right behind u, sf...
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Nov 18th, 2012, 09:49 AM
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Asana, mostly for drinks but they do have some snacks. A traditional wooden stilt house has been picked up from the countryside somewhere and plopped into an alley on pub street.

KERALA. Eat here! Some of the best Indian food I've had anywhere, including India. In Alley West.

The Hawker Center in Central Market closed. Father's has moved to a new location on the outskirts of pub street.

A small local place called something something Makara, it is about 5 doors down from the Old de la Paix Hotel and has a green awning. The Vietnamese Sour Soup is to die for, but everything on the menu is just excellent and about $2 a plate.

People have started selling Banana/Chocolate Rotis in carts. Eat them at every opportunity,

Look for the guy on the south end of the Old Market selling something called "Bai Chive" from a cart from 4 to 6 pm. Insanely tasty.

Scratch Chili si Dang from the list until they find a new cook.

Sugar Palm has lost it's panache and turned into "tourist food". There are too many great places serving local food to bother paying those prices.
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Nov 18th, 2012, 09:50 AM
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If any foodies are coming to town, email me and I will send you the restaurant list I keep updated here at the guesthouse.

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Nov 26th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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Just emailed you offwego for that list.
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