City: Phnom Penh
Cuisine: French/Western Fine Dining
Rating: 5 out of 5
Seating: Indoor and Outdoor
The best breakfast in Phnom Penh has to be at the Khema Pasteur. They have a wide selection of pastries from croissants and danishes to doughnuts and freshly baked bread. What really shines from their offerings are their egg dishes as they have both an eggs benedict with ham and an eggs royale with salmon. They prepare their eggs with great care as they are perfectly poached over a fresh toasted muffin and topped with a creamy hollandaise sauce. If poached is not your preference then you will definitely want to try the scrambled eggs as they are the creamiest concoction you will ever taste. Additional offerings such as their pancakes and french toast are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for your stomach. And the best part about their breakfast is that for $11 you have the option to make it free flowing, as in all you can eat! Make as many trips to the pastries counter as you want; order as many pancakes as your taste buds can handle and order an endless parade of delectable eggs however way you like them.
Khema is also the perfect place to have lunch in the middle of your busy day as the service is very efficient and food is prepared from the kitchen in a very timely manner. For a great lunch you will definitely want to try the Khema burger, which comes with an insane onion marmalade that now has to be my favorite burger topping. And the ambiance of the restaurant also offers the perfect fine dining experience for dinner as well. You will definitely want to start your meal with a starter as many varieties of appetizers, soups and salads are offered. I highly recommend the lobster bisque, a creative rendition of this classic soup that includes a crab ravioli and a cheese gratin. Their selection of mains includes many great pastas, burgers and steaks. My personal favorite is the beef wellington which is surprisingly one of the best I have ever tasted. The meat inside is cooked to a perfect medium rare, very tender and covered in a flaky puff pastry.
Khema is also known for their special events which are scheduled on a daily and weekly basis. I already mentioned the wonderful free flowing breakfast, but they also offer high tea every day from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM for only $6 per person. The event includes a wide selection of sweet and savory bites along with an assortment of buffet items, all served with a pot of tea. If tea is not your preference than Khema also has a Wine & Dine event every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for $22.90 per person. The event includes an endless flow of wine, fine cheeses and charchuterie. Phnom Penh offers some of the best fine dining experiences in all of Asia and the Khema Pasteur is a shining example of this fact.
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.