Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ambrosia's Appetite



Ambrosia's Appetite

Ambrosia's Appetite

Khmere-Thai International Restaurant No. 36, St. 214, Phnom Penh

Tel: 25158 Open 5:30-12 p.m. Quality: ***1/2 Table for two: U.S. $10-15

You can't miss it. It's got a big blinking neon sign out front and a couple of guys

straight out of the movie "Airplane" who think they're directing aircraft

rather than parking cars. If you don't tell them not to, they'll wash your vehicle

while you eat. It'll cost you.

One of the most pleasant places to dine in town, the open French windows of this

renovated villa let in a cool breeze even on the hottest days and the brick tile

floor gives it a homey, if not colonial, feel. You can watch Star T.V. by day and

hear live Cambodian traditional music by night.

The clientele is mixed with Cambodian, Chinese, and Thai businessman, government

officials, diplomats, NGO staffers, and yes of course, UNTAC.

The dining room staff, while inexperienced, try hard-sometimes too hard-with two

or three waiters clustering at your elbow eagerly awaiting an opportunity to refill

your water glass or rice bowl.

Don't let your waiter give you the American Fried Rice by mistake. That must be the

truly confused cook's standby when he can't figure out what you've ordered. That

is, unless you LIKE a soggy lump of egg-covered rice with strips of mystery meat

and some boiled hot dogs.

In fact, I advocate staying away from the western menu, only half of which is available

anyway. (Weinerschnitzel in Cambodia? No, I don't think so.) Better hamburgers can

be found elsewhere.

Stick with the Thai salads - beef and squid salads (U.S. $2.50 each) are good and

spicy. Just about all the fried meat dishes are fine, and there's a good rice porridge

($1.50) on the breakfast menu that's available all day-perfect for an upset stomach.

I honestly can't judge the fried fish bladders. Gutsy readers can see for yourselves.

For dessert, the sliced fruits are pretty if not always ripe, the coffee is instant,

but the banana cake ($1.00) is a sure winner.

Before you leave, check your bill. They might just charge you for that American fried

rice anyway.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom's Covid cluster cases jump to 194

    The Ministry of Health on February 25 confirmed 65 new cases of Covid-19, with 58 linked to the February 20 community transmission. The latest cluster cases include nine Vietnamese nationals, five Cambodians, one each from Korea, Singapore and Japan, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total number

  • Locations shut, dozens more Covid-19 positive

    The Ministry of Health has closed 23 locations in connection with the February 20 community transmission of Covid-19 and summoned for testing anyone who had direct contact with affected people and places. The number of discovered related infections has risen to 76, including 39 women. In a press release,

  • Cambodia's Covid cluster cases rise to 137

    The Ministry of Health on February 24 recorded 40 more cases of Covid-19, with 38 linked to the February 20 community transmission. Of the 40, two are imported cases involving Chinese passengers. The 38 include two Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. This brings the total cases

  • Covid cluster raises alarm, health bodies urge vigilance

    The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia have expressed great concern over the February 20 cluster transmission of Covid-19 in the community. Both entities appealed for vigilance and cooperation in curbing further spread of the virus. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said

  • PM confirms third Covid-19 community transmission

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on February 20 announced the Kingdom's third outbreak of Covid-19 community transmission after 32 people tested positive in just over 10 hours. Addressing the public from his residence after an emergency meeting, Hun Sen said: "I dub it February 20 Community Event, in which 32 cases

  • Cambodia's cluster cases jump to 259

    The Ministry of Health on February 27 recorded 26 more cases of Covid-19 linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 259 in one week. The 26 include three Vietnamese nationals and one Cambodian, with the rest being Chinese. The ministry noted that five of the Chinese