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Siem Reap is fast becoming a tourist hub and now has a large variety of restaurants that cater to visitors. It is easy to find traditional Cambodian (or Khmer) food as well as Western staples; in fact, pizza dominates many a Siem Reap menu!
There are a few areas with plenty of variety: the Old Market area boasts a wonderful assortment of restaurants, as do Wat Bo Road and Sivatha Street. Pub Street is a great favorite amongst tourists and although, as the name suggests, it is most famous for its bars, there are a handful of great eating places too. Phsar Chas is home to a group of restaurants selling local food which caters specifically to the sensibilities of tourists. Most restaurants stay open late and it is easy to find reasonably priced food.
If you are travelling on a budget, or simply need your fast food fix, you'll be happy to hear that chains like KFC and Pizza Company can also be found in Siem Reap. However, the local markets, like the Old Market (Psar Chaa), are also exciting and wallet-friendly places to sample local cuisine.
Khmer cuisine is one of the world's oldest living cuisines and is generally considered a healthy cooking tradition. Make sure you try the national dish, Fish Amok, cooked with coconut milk, chilies, onion and spinach and served with rice in banana leaves. For the more adventurous there are exotic Khmer staples like tarantulas and red tree ants.
New Delhi Indian Restaurant
Indian / 070 Mondol 1, Svaydangkum communce
New Delhi Indian Food Restaurant combines the tastes, sights and atmosphere of India to give its customers sensual culinary delight. The décor entices diners with New Delhi intrigue and the menu offers excellent tandoori chicken, and delicious Delhi Ka Samosas. It isn't fancy but the food is good and plentiful and the atmosphere is friendly. Open 8am to 11pm daily, reservations recommended.
Le Tigre de Papier
International / Pub Street
Set in a tropical garden complete with swimming pool and bar, Le Tigre de Papier (The Paper Tiger) is a popular Siem Reap restaurant. Not only does it prepare some of the best pizza in Cambodia 24 hours a day from its wood fired ovens, but Le Tigre de Papier also offers a Khmer barbecue featuring fresh crocodile and ostrich, with diners using their own table-top barbecues to cook the meat. They also offer cooking classes which are very popular. Open daily, reservations recommended.
The Only One
Fusion / 269 Mondol 1, Khum Svay Dankom
The Only One is a small, intimate restaurant serving classic French and Asian cuisine prepared from the freshest ingredients and served with a smile. Menu favourites include the beef stir-fry with pineapple, and the Crêpe Royale with ham, mushrooms, cheese and egg. The owner welcomes and converses with diners comfortably, and an exhibition of his photos adorn the restaurant walls. Open daily from 10am till late, reservations recommended.