Location: Phnom Penh
Rating: 4.8 out of 5
It is amazing how many restaurants I still am able to discover after having lived in Cambodia for over 6 years. Recently I declared that the best steak in town is at Pacow's and while that is still a fine establishment, I recently had the pleasure of dining at Armand's Bistro who's steak offerings far surpass anyone else's. I ordered the Kampot Pepper Steak which was $29 for what looked like about 200g.
Unlike most other restaurants the steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare. Given the char on the outside it looked like it was started in the pan to give it a nice crust and then put in the oven. Considering that it was actually finished off table side as the server flambeed it in the pepper sauce, the fact that it was not over cooked was an impressive feat
I usually start most dinners with an appetizer and this night was no different as I ordered the charcuterie which was a perfect balance of meats, terrines and pates. I ordered the small one for $9 but cannot even imagine how big the large order would have been as my order was plentiful. My friends enjoyed a tournedos rossini steak and a grilled salmon, both of which were cooked to perfection.
The service at Armand's was impeccable as the servers were attentive to our table throughout the meal and were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the menu. The ambiance is warm, welcome and truly inviting as they have remained faithful to the aesthetic of a French bistro. The owner Armand seems to be at the restaurant on most nights and was welcoming as well as he came over to our table to say hello and introduce himself to new guests. The restaurant is open nightly until midnight so it is a great place for poker players who keep later hours.
Cambodian Food Scene
Cambodia is surprisingly filled with many great restaurants, from inexpensive to those closer to Western prices. These are just a collection of my favorite places to eat throughout the country.