The Tiger’s Eye, Phnom Penh

A year or so ago I wrote about the amazing food over at The Common Tiger. Since then, The Common Tiger has sadly permanently closed its doors – but the same team are still creating the same stunning dishes at a new location, The Tiger’s Eye on Sotheros Boulevard.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom PenhTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhI say ‘same stunning dishes’ loosely, as the menu is still seasonal, but each dish is still as jaw-droppingly beautiful as it is delicious – just as it was back in BKK.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: BreadTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhTiger's Eye, Phnom PenhBooking in advance is strongly recommended (it’s very popular) – and you seriously don’t want to miss out on this tasting menu.

I opted against the paired wines, as I’m quite a slow drinker – and downing several glasses of wine in the heart of the Christmas season is just asking for trouble.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseThe first course after the bread was a white onion pannacotta served with a caramelised cashew nut pesto and goats cheese. It was as mouthwateringly delicious as it sounds – I really enjoyed the texture of the savoury pannacotta.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: White Onion Panacotta, Caramlised Cashew Nut Pesto, Herbs & Goats CheeseNext up was a pork course – pork crackling and a terrine of braised head, served with Kep crab, leek and avocado.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pork, Terrine, Kep Crab, Leek, Avocado, Pork CracklingIt was all so beautifully presented, and the braised leek with the crab pate was sublime. The pork crackling was my favourite part of this course, reminding me of the one from Kurobuta – flavourful, crisp, and light as air.

This was followed by pan-roasted seabass served with a northern Thai style curry, aubergine, and rice.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Thai Curry, Aubergine, RiceAlthough pleasant, this course didn’t blow me over the way the first two did – saying that, it was still really tasty, and I enjoyed the vegetables with the rich sauce in particular.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, PotatoTiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, Potato Penh:The final main was truly incredible, and really showcased what the team behind The Tiger’s Eye really excel at – the use of Cambodian flavours and ingredients in a modern and imaginative way.

The beef tenderloin and short rib were served with green Kampot peppercorns, mushrooms and potato.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Tenderloin, Peppercorn, Mushroom, PotatoThe steak was cooked to perfection, in my opinion, and the mushroom was flavourful and meaty in texture – just the way I like it.

Tiger's Eye, Phnom Penh: Pumpkin Creme Caramel, Meringue, Sticky Rice and Cashew NutThe final course was also inspired by local cuisine – a delicious pumpkin creme caramel, served with sticky rice and cashew nut.

You really can’t fault The Tiger’s Eye for their food or service. It is without a doubt one of my favourite restaurants, and the only drawback for me is the fact that it isn’t in London!

The Tiger’s Eye is located at 49 Sotheros Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Farm to Table, Phnom Penh

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhIf you’re looking for fresh, delicious and organic food in Phnom Penh, then I highly recommend heading on down to Farm to Table.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhThe same team running the popular clean eating shop Artillery are behind Farm to Table, a tranquil eatery in the heart of the trendy Boeung Keng Kang (BKK) neighbourhood.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhAll of the food is reliably sourced, and deliciously fresh – the salads are safe to eat too, something I usually avoid when I’m traveling in the region.

The courtyard is charming, shaded by the trees – and the makeshift toy kitchen and tractor make it perfect for taking little ones along, too.

Kid's Meal Quesadilla, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe Cobb Salad, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe Cobb Salad, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe food is absolutely gorgeous. The Cobb Salad above is topped with a fried egg, and they have a great selection of fresh juice, including coconut water and sugar cane.

Full Breakfast, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFull Breakfast, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThey also do a mean breakfast, served with what is described as a salsa, but is actually more like a flavoured oil – the only thing I wasn’t a fan of in the whole place.

Duck Confit, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhDuck Confit, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhI went for the duck confit, served with a fried egg, blistered tomatoes, baby potatoes and a balsamic vinegar reduction.

Grilled White Tuna, Farm to Table, Phnom PenhThe grilled white tuna salad was served with crushed potato, fresh herbs and ratatouille, with fish sourced from Sihanoukville.

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhFarm to Table, Phnom PenhThe dishes are simple – but perfectly done, of really high quality, and are delicious. Farm to Table often do great lunch deals, too, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. You can be sure to tuck into a satisfying, tasty and filling lunch at Farm to Table (without any of the regret).

Farm to Table, Phnom PenhAnd who knows, you might even make a couple of friends when you’re there, too!

Farm to Table is at No 16, Street 260, BKK1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Where to Buy Souvenirs in Phnom Penh

I always like bringing back a little gift or two when I’ve been on holiday. I’ve found there’s a pretty fine line, though – there are only so many tacky keyrings you can stomach (especially from places you haven’t been before).

Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhWith this in mind, I thought I’d put together a list of my favourite places to buy souvenirs in Phnom Penh. Hopefully this should have something for everyone – from tchotchke lovers (you know who you are), to foodies, the fashion conscious and the socially and environmentally conscious, too.

For Foodies

You can’t really go wrong with a edible gift – it won’t take up space, and it’s always pretty exciting to try new flavours. A gift of Kampot pepper is definitely the way to go – whether they use it in their pepper grinder, or make a delicious seafood sauce with a bit of lime juice. You can pick this up absolutely everywhere, but I got mine in this cute package below from one of the stores along Street 240.

Kampot PepperIf they’ve got more of a sweet tooth, I’d strongly recommend swinging by The Shop on Street 240 for Chocolate. They’ve got some really unusual chocolate flavours, like Mondulkiri Honey and Sesame, Kampot Pepper, and Keffir Lime, and package them beautifully, too.

For Arty Types

Trunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, on Street 13, has some amazing things – I really have to reel myself in whenever I’m in there. They’ve got an eclectic mix of homewares and clothing inspired by Cambodia, but with a very contemporary feel. It’s a little pricier than some of the other places on this list, but you’re really paying for quality – and some of the items are really beautiful, like my tiger painting above!

Trunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy SouvenirsTrunkh, Phnom Penh, Where To Buy Souvenirs If you’re looking for more traditional Cambodian print and art, then Le Lezard Bleu on street 240 have a great selection of vintage prints, as well as silver artworks, photographs, and paintings, too.

For Fashion and Beauty Lovers

I recently popped into one of the  A.N.D. stores, and was really impressed – they are a fair trade brand, and work with local artisans. I bought a black cotton crop top which I ended up wearing pretty much everyday this trip, I loved it so much – and it was made by a landmine victim, too. They have a great selection of handwoven clothes, bags and accessories, as well as wood carved accessories and notebooks, too.

ArtisansDesigners, A.N.D., Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhArtisansDesigners, A.N.D., Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhFor beauty lovers, it’s worth going to Senteurs D’Angkor on Street 13 to stock up on natural soaps, oils, candles, and lotions.

For the Socially or Environmentally Conscious

A lot of these boutiques tend to have a social good element to them, but none more so than Friends ‘N’ Stuff or Mekong Quilts.

Friends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsFriends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsThe Friends N Stuff shop is next to their restaurant, which is well worth going to – you can check out my previous review on it here. All of their products go to support great causes, and they have a nice selection of notebooks and accessories made with recycled materials with profits going back into the community. I picked up this cute pillow cover while I was there – I just really liked the contemporary and fun design.

Friends N Stuff, Phnom Penh, Where to Buy SouvenirsMekong Quilts is a non-profit organisation that supports women in Vietnam and Cambodia. They also have a lovely range of items, from bunting and Christmas decorations to magnets, keyrings, duvet covers and laptop bags!

Mekong Quilts, Where to Buy Souvenirs in Phnom PenhSmateria have some great items – brightly coloured bags and accessories made from upcycled and repurposed materials.

For the Tchotchke Lovers

Central Market, Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhCentral Market, Where to Buy Souvenirs, Phnom PenhSome people just can’t get enough of hilariously awful souvenirs and tat – elephant earrings, magnets, ‘Same Same But Different’ T-Shirts, you know the sort. For you lot, you should just head to the Central Market, as you’ll find everything there. But remember, don’t take the first price they offer you!

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La Table Khmere – Cambodian Cooking Class

One of the highlights of my last visit to Phnom Penh was the cooking class I did, booked through Frizz, a restaurant on Street 240. I had a blast at my last class, but was keen to see what else was out there. Although the food I’d made last time was delicious, the cooking class was up on a hot roof, covered in tarp, and it was hot.

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So when I heard about La Table Khmere, I was intrigued, but the air-conditioned kitchen was what really sold it to me.

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La Table Khmere has two classes a day, a morning one commencing at 9am, and an afternoon one at 3pm. The morning one includes a trip to the market, and is a dollar more than the afternoon class. For me, the choice is a no-brainer, and so we set off for Street 278 bright and early to hit BKK market.

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BKK market, like all markets in Phnom Penh is a shock for the senses – the smells, colours and sensations in particular. The highlight of this trip for me was picking up some shrimp paste and seeing coconut being dessicated by a machine.

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Back in the air-conditioned cool of the kitchen, we were set to work – chopping, grinding, boiling and squeezing until we had our three courses.

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The first course was a green mango salad – made with shredded mango, dried shrimp, carrots, chillies, shallots, basil leaves, peanuts and chicken knorr powder. The mangoes give the dish a tart sourness, which goes well with the creaminess of the peanuts and sweetness of the carrots.

green mango salad, La Table Khmere, Cooking Class, Phnom Penh

The main, like last time, was fish amok – the national dish of Cambodia. A coconut milk-based curry made with chillies, keffir lime leaves and galangal, my fish amok was delicious. The curry differs from what we in the West might be used to – made with an egg, it is steamed and becomes almost like a souffle.

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fish amok, La Table Khmere, Cooking Class, Phnom Penh

The third and final course was a dessert known as Chek Ktis, a sweet coconut jelly. I loved the flavour of this dessert, particularly the sweetened coconut milk, but wasn’t a fan of the gelatinous texture.

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The cooking class at La Table Khmere was really enjoyable, in a lovely setting with charming instructors. It’s definitely more of a slick operation than the one at Frizz, though I did prefer some of the dishes at Frizz, especially the dessert. The Frizz class was definitely the ‘rougher, backpacker’ option – if you can handle the heat, and the longer hours then it’s definitely worth considering. But if you are up for a more leisurely class, in a nicer setting and at a lower cost, then La Table Khmere is the class for you.

The morning class was $20, and La Table Khmere can be located at 11E, Street 278, Phnom Penh.

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Artillery – Eating Clean in Phnom Penh

With all the fresh produce and incredible fruit you can find in the markets of Phnom Penh, it’s quite easy to eat healthily – but I was in Cambodia over the Christmas season, and with all the usual Christmas treats combined with tropical cocktails I wasn’t feeling particularly tiptop.

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Enter ARTillery cafe – calls of ‘healthy’, ‘organic’, ‘homemade’, and, of course, ‘free wifi’ drew me down a charming little alley on Street 240 (note: in the same alley you can find Public House, Bar Sito and Alley Cafe). Artillery is a teal-coloured mecca of superfoods, juices and all manner of clean-eating. Vegans, health fanatics and coeliacs rejoice, as Artillery Cafe will have something for you.

Hummus, Artillery, Phnom PenhVitamin Vitalizer, Artillery, Phnom Penh

I ordered a Vitamin Vitalizer juice (carrot, ginger, lime and apple), and grazed on some homemade hummus as I waited for my lunch companion. I’m pretty particular about my hummus, and I was pleased with Artillery’s offering – even more pleased by the stacked vegetables.

Hummus, Artillery, Phnom Penh

My friend ordered the Phnom Penher smoothie – a blend of dragonfruit, lemongrass, ginger, lime and honey, which left me with drink envy for the rest of the meal. It’s not the prettiest of smoothies, but my god is it delicious.

Phnom Penher, Artillery Cafe

For my main, I went for the raw pizza, as everything on the raw menu was gluten-free (as well as dairy-free, sugar-free and meat-free). My raw pizza consisted of sun-dried tomatoes and nut cheese on a flax and almond crust, topped with some assorted greens. It was crisp, sharp and refreshing – but nothing at all like a pizza – I think of it more as a crispbread.

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My friend went for a seasonal special – a brown rice bowl topped with kombu, local vegetables, sesame seeds and cabbage.

Brown Rice Bowl, Artillery, Phnom Penh

For my next visit, I’m really keen to try the breakfast menu – gluten-free pancakes, muesli with a Clean Green (apple, mint, spinach) sounds right up my street.

For fresh juice and a guilt-free dining experience you can’t beat Artillery for their vast selection. But for those who don’t consider a meal complete without some meat (like all the men in my family) then Artillery might not be the place for you.

ARTillery cafe can be found on Street 240 1/2 laneway, near St 19
behind Wat Botum, near the Royal Palace, or at their second location on Street 278 #13B, near St 63, close to Wat Lanka, behind Lucky Market Sihanouk.

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)