Cambodia – Dining Downtown

7 Apr

This is part of our adventures in Cambodia, to see more about the trip, please click here.

After spending our first evening in the hotel (and our delivery dinner), the second night we headed into downtown Siem Reap to see what we could find.  The bar street was hopping as we started to find a restaurant where we could sample other specialties including the special Cambodian curry and more spring rolls as well as the beef lok lak.  Eventually after wandering around a little we found the place we were looking for and ordered.

That evening we were treated to our most flavorful curry of the trip.  We ordered a vegetable curry with tofu and ate every single bite.  It was luscious – less spicy than Indian and Thai curry, but just as flavorful with a good selection of vegetables and the tofu.

The best curry of the trip - vegetables and tofu

The best curry of the trip – vegetables and tofu

In addition we sampled the spring rolls again.  This restaurant was known for its spring rolls.  They weren’t as pretty as the spring rolls the night before, but the dipping sauce was especially luscious.

Spring rolls - with a special dipping sauce

Spring rolls – with a special dipping sauce

Finally we tried a dish called beef lok lak.  That one was not my favorite – it looked pretty with the egg on top, but the meat was a little tough.  We tried it again several nights later and I’m still not a fan.  My recommendation is to order the curry!

Not my favorite - but still very photogenic!

Not my favorite – but still very photogenic!

The nights were cool and beautiful and so we also walked around the bar street after we had finished eating.  We found a restaurant recognized in all the travel magazines called “The Red Piano.”  It was made famous because Angelina Jolie had eaten there when filming Tomb Raider.  We didn’t eat there the first night, but the second night we decided to give it a try.  I even ordered the special Tomb Raider cocktail.  When in Rome…

We just stumbled upon it - and it was in pretty much every travel guide we looked at.

We just stumbled upon it – and it was in pretty much every travel guide we looked at.

The "Tomb Raider" cocktail - of course I had to try (though mine wasn't free)

The “Tomb Raider” cocktail – of course I had to try (though mine wasn’t free)

There were all types of food and shopping and massages – a great area, but once we finished dinner and walking around we headed back to the hotel.  Our start time the next morning was evening earlier – we were heading off the beaten path to some of the farther away temples and looking forward to traveling via car instead of tuk tuk.  Little did we know what the next day would bring!

Do you try food at the restaurants that “everyone talks about” when you travel – or do you try to find things off the beaten path?  We’ve done both and had success (and failures) both ways.  Which do you prefer?

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