Our reporters head in drastically different directions for this weeks reviews as Mak Kuleka checks out the Viking vegetarian restaurant and Tang Khyhay sinks his teeth into a K burger
If you are tired of your typical daily meals, fast food is perhaps your most preferred alternative due to its easy-to-get characteristics. It is not hard to find the nearest fast food restaurant to fill your stomach as fast food has become increasingly available on most of the main streets and in the big malls in the city.
K-Burger, a fast food restaurant on Street 130 one block from the riverside, has just opened and welcomes all burger lovers. My friend and I went to try out this new fast food shop. Like many other places, it serves burgers, fried chicken, French fries, ice-cream and some drinks.
Located on a corner, K-Burger was well decorated with red-white designs and matching furniture and staff uniforms. Stepping into the restaurant, we were warmly welcomed and led to the first floor because there were not many seats left on the ground floor, and the space was rather small.
On the first floor we felt a difference. The room was fully air-conditioned, giving us a pleasant eating place. White tables and red chairs were arranged in three rows, and the place could seat about 50. On the walls hung large pictures of the products with prices attached. There was also Khmer music videos playing to make the place more friendly.
We chose a seat near the glass wall where we could enjoy the view outside while we were served our food. We felt it was comfortable and we’re sure you will love the room as we did.
We waited about 15 minutes for our burgers. My friend quickly tucked into a fish burger and I started on a beef one. The burgers were bigger than the ones we had tried at other places.
But mine was not well-made or packed because the meat was larger than the bread bun and everything seemed loose. Maybe the cook needs to be better trained to make it a look nicer.
However, we thought the appearance does not matter. What really matters was the taste of the food, so we gave it another chance for the taste. It turned out it was as delicious as the burgers we had eaten elsewhere. However, we both agreed that the burgers were a bit salty, and had too much cheese. For those who like cheese, I think they will find these burgers to their taste. We did not finish our meals because they were too large.
I feel K-Burger provides customers with a big amount of food. Bigger burgers, more meat, a lot of cheese and drinks are what we experienced in this restaurant. But then there is the issue of quantity and quality.
Personally, quantity is not an issue with me because I am not a big eater. I prefer the burger at BB World or a Lucky Burger. Everything is just to my taste there. Try this new place and see for yourself – you may really like it. Besides the issue of quality, there is also the dilemma of deciding between tasty food and a comfortable eating place. Somehow, there must be a trade-off. It is hard to find a perfect place to eat.
Words and photo by Mak Kuleka
In previous issues of Lift, we have already introduced many fancy and popular restaurants such as Tsukubusu, a suki restaurant, a Korean restaurant and others. So this week we’re going without meat and trying vegetarian food.
My friends and I decided to try Viking House, a new restaurant that has just opened that serves vegetarian food. Viking House is new and it was a bit hard to find it. It’s behind the Kirirom Hotel, formerly the Kirirom Cinema. It was not easy to find and I had to keep calling my friends for directions. The shop’s sign with its name was very small and that’s why I found it hard to find. It’s on road number 276.
Viking House was well organised compared with other cafés, and it’s a comfortable venue to sit down and discuss issues with your friends. It is decorated in a Chinese style and there are lots of bamboo everywhere, even on the tables and chairs and the stairs are built from bamboo.
I met my friends in the upstairs section, which was more Western in style.
I went to join my friends on a big set of sofas which could easily seat six people. My friends were playing on their laptops and I realized the restaurant had free wi-fi.
A minute later the waiter arrived and politely asked what I would like to order, while she handed me the menu. I glanced through the menu which was divided into categories: Food, Fast Food, Beverages, Tea, Café, Ice-cream and Fruit Shakes. Each category had a lot of food and drinks with pictures of each dish on the menu and details of the ingredients, and they looked delicious.
There were many kinds of food I would have liked to order. Fried rice on a hot plate, fried vegetables with oyster sauce, fried Chinese noodles on a hot plate, special fried noodles with egg, tofu and mushroom rice on a hot plate, ginseng soup, spring rolls grilled, fruit shakes (pineapple, watermelon, orange, grape, etc), tea and milk with many kind of flavours, ice-cream, tea and coffee. There were all on the menu, which made it difficult to order – I wanted something to suite my tongue, and their prices were affordable.
Because I found it difficult to choose, the waiter suggested fried Chinese noodles on a hot plate, a specialty of this restaurant. So I ordered the fried noodles and also a fruit shake containing seven kinds of fruit.
Only 10 minutes after I ordered the food and my drink arrived – very cool service. The spicy and hot food I order was really delicious. It was a new taste for me and I felt comfortable with vegetarian food. Everything was tasty and fast in terms of food, drinks, service and even the internet speed. Also, the place was quiet, comfortable and romantic. The Viking House, with its new vegetarian dishes, provides yummy food and drinks, a tranquil atmosphere and it’s also a romantic place to go.