Friday, January 25, 2013

Blue Pumpkin: The Best Dessert Bar in Cambodia

When I was in Siem Reap, my friends who had just returned home after a vacation in Cambodia told me not to miss eating at the Blue Pumpkin ice cream bar and restaurant. Unfortunately for me, I missed going to their restaurant in Siem Reap. But, luckily for me, I got an opportunity when I chanced upon their restaurant opposite the riverside at Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Blue Pumpkin - A special dessert place in Cambodia
Blue Pumpkin is an up market restaurant, but is very popular for its ice creams. Both tourists and the local population seem to have taken a liking to it. Hence, you will mostly find this place crowded. The one at Phnom Penh has 2 floors. The ground floor is the take away, while the first floor is the dine-in restaurant. The restaurant comes with free wi-fi, air-conditioning and full length sofas where one can enjoy their dessert or shake while relaxing completely and browsing the internet.

People throng to the Blue Pumpkin dessert bar at Phnom Penh, Cambodia
They also have a balcony section where one can sit in the open air and watch the riverside action flow past you. Like I said before, Blue Pumpkin is known for its ice creams. They have some unique flavours, like four spices, Khmer fruits, Durian, Raspberry and Yoghurt, Baileys and more. While I was there today, I tasted the 4 spices and the Khmer fruits in a ice cream cone. I liked the subtle flavor of the four spices ice cream. In terms of cost, 1 scoop of ice cream costs USD 1.5, 2 scoops for $2.75 and 3 for $3.75.

Very well prepared Amok Fish at Blue Pumpkin, Phnom Penh
The food menu also looked interesting. I ordered the Linguini with Ratatouille jus, while my friend ordered their signature dish, the Amok fish with rice. Both the dishes were very good. The place is slightly more pricey than the rest of Cambodia, but the taste was much better than what we had tasted anywhere else in Cambodia. Plus, the ambience, the hygiene and the service make up for the slight increase in price.

I really liked the place and plan to return there again tomorrow. Do remember to bookmark this place when you are planning your trip to Cambodia. You will definitely like them. Definitely their ice cream!!

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