Saturday, January 26, 2013

The Vegetarian Restaurant: Veggie Delight in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wherever I go, I seem to find a vegetarian restaurant. May be, it is because I am a vegetarian and yearn to eat my preferred food in insect or meat loving cities. I have been in Phnom Penh the last 3 days and have been trying out different places, but most of those places have basic vegetarian fare as their main customers are meat lovers. But, when I saw a small banner of the vegetarian restaurant in the Phnom Penh map, I knew I had to go there.

Luckily for me, the restaurant was located 8 streets away from the riverfront area where my guest house is located. After a 15 minute walk in the warm sun, I reached the restaurant that is located behind Wat Botum and close to the Royal Palace. It’s address is 158, St. 19, Sihounak Boulevard. There is also another branch of the same restaurant at Norodom Boulevard that is not too far away.

Coming to the food, it was a refreshing experience to see the menu which had an interesting assortment of vegetarian dishes from India, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan and most of South East Asia, which is predominantly meat and seafood eating part of the world. Even their juices were interesting combinations.

Personally, I ordered the orange and celery juice, braised bamboo shoots and black mushroom and brown rice while my friend ordered a dragon fruit juice and mix vegetable Buddha delight. Both of us liked what we ordered. The other options were Vegetarian Amok (a Cambodian specialty), Japanese Tempura, Indian Samosa and more.

The people running the place were also nice and each one of them wore a nice T shirt that said ‘No Fish, No Meat, No Egg’. I liked my experience here and would return whenever I get the opportunity. After a good meal here, one can also walk by to the Royal Palace and the river front for a relaxed exploration of Sisowath Quay, the riverside drive.

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