4 restaurants in Kampot every foodie needs to check out
A 2.5-hour drive from Phnom Penh, Kampot is Cambodia’s best-kept secret with a laid-back charm and a blossoming food scene.
- November 2019
Kampot has long been a favourite getaway destination for locals and backpackers looking to escape the bustle of the city. Its chill vibe is a draw but what few tourists know is its growing cosmopolitan restaurant scene is on its way to rival that of Siem Reap’s. Here are four hidden gems to check out while you’re there.
Run by a Belgian couple, this popular guest house and bar serves up tapas featuring market-fresh produce, from classics like patatas bravas (crispy potatoes with a spicy tomato sauce) to more locally inflected plates like holy basil squid. Wash it all down with a glass or two of cava.
Fresh seafood is the star of the show at this refined Portuguese restaurant that specialises in dishes such as slow-cooked octopus and tiger prawns stir-fried with Kampot pepper. There are hearty meat options as well, such as piri piri chicken.
3. Twenty Three
A casual bistro setting, warm service, wallet-friendly prices where a dish is typically no more than SGD$8.50, and a menu of European comfort food (braised lamb shank or apple tarte Tatin, anyone?) ... these all make for a great night out. But throw in the fact that the plating would not look out of place in a fine-dining restaurant and you know you’ve found yourself a real gem.
4. Cafe Espresso
Owned by Australians who moved to Cambodia in 2011, Cafe Espresso like any self-respecting Aussie café takes its coffee seriously. It serves one of the best flat whites (made from Southeast Asian coffee beans roasted in-house) in the country, and has a menu built around local produce.
Address: NH33, Krong Kampot
Tel: +855 92 388 736
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Plus! Lai Poon Piau, founder of Kampot pepper label Hong Spices, shares his top stalls that serve local favourites.
Kuy teav is a comforting bowl of rice noodles in pork broth. Lai loves the one at Menza Cafe that opens till midday. The stall also sells khor ko, a Cambodian beef stew.
Address: Kampot Referral Hospital, Riverside Rd, Krong Kampot
Stall at the Durian Roundabout
It might look like banh mi but num pang is a meatier beast. At the nameless stall at the Durian Roundabout, locals flock to get the delicious late-night snack.
Address: Durian Roundabout, Krong Kampot
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