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See also: Kanata Noodle House
Tags: Cambodian · Kanata · Restaurant · Thai

Phnom Penh
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Foods from Phnom Penh

2009 Jul 29
I was so delighted a few months back to find out (thanks to OF) that an Ottawa branch of Phnom Penh, which I frequented in Kingston, actually existed! However, since I live at the other end of town, it took me a while to get there. When I finally went last week I was not disappointed; everything was as delicious as I remember!

My friend and I got the "Dinner for Two" package and received the following:
- Tom Yum Goong soup
- Cambodian spring rolls
- Ginger beef
- Phanaeng Kai (chicken)

The soup was incredibly tasty although similar to Rich's review below, I had to down a relatively large amount of water to calm the spice. The cambodian rolls were crispy and filled with ground pork, chicken & vermicelli..mmmm! I didn't enjoy the ginger beef which was my friend's choice but I knew that would be the case when we ordered it; it's just not as tasty as their other dishes and reminded me a little of cheap Chinese take-out. The phanaeng kai was absolutely delicious, whole pieces of chicken breast cooked in red curry paste with basil, lime leaves, peanuts and then covered with a dash of coconut milk; the sauce was phenomenal!

If only I lived closer to Kanata, I would definitely become a regular! My only other quip besides the fact that they are situated too far from me is that they are missing the "special dishes" from the Kingston menu; perhaps I could ask them if they could make me my favourite special #3?

2009 Feb 28
Yum! Went last night and got the "Dinner for Two" package. Very very good:

- Spring rolls - awesome. Not too deep fried and squidgy with fat like others. Really crisp and fresh.

- Tom Yum Goong soup - also fresh tasting and lovely flavours. Says "medium" on the menu and I think I can handle my spice but a couple of times I was gasping and reaching for my water (which they provide plentiful amounts of).

- For mains we had Ginger Beef and (given the reviews I had to try) Golden Chicken. Both very good, great flavour and nicely spicy (more water required!).

No room for dessert (we finished off the curries today!). Service was awesome - apart from two people who finished up as we started, we were the only people there. I guess it's more a daytime place or having a really tough time! Anyway, staff were attentive and pleasant.

No complaints! Definitely on the "go back again" list.

2009 Jan 12
Jules - I agree with your assessment of the Pad Thai at the Phnom Penh. Stay away from the typical Thai food and try other items on the menu. They really are a Cambodian restaurant and the Thai menu items I think are to attract those that might be unfamiliar or turned off by food from another country. Give it another try and be adventurous. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

2009 Jan 10
I work near here and recently ordered the pad thai with tofu to go for lunch. Although it was a very generous portion with lots of tofu, I found the pad thai to be extremely bland and kind of greasy. I also did not find it to be spicy at all. After reading the positive reviews below, I think it might just be that I hit on a weak spot on their menu. I will certainly try some of their other dishes before writing them off since it's so convenient.

2008 Nov 29
Visited again. Started with the Cambodian spring rolls which were perfect as usual! They now serve it with sweet fish sauce instead of peanut sauce which is a good change. Also had the sweet and sour soup which is incredible! It's got chicken, shrimp, pineapple, tomato, basil. I think there's tamarind in there too. The flavours are simply amazing.

Our main dishes seemed to lack something on this visit. The golden chicken wasn't as delicious as before. Needed more salt. I got the Khmer Delight which is shrimp in a dark sweet and spicy paste but I forgot to ask for it spicy. So it came out too sweet. I used to order this in Kingston with tofu (it's called spicy tofu there) and it was really good there. I think it would have been fine if they had added more chilli to balance out the sweetness.

2008 Sep 5
YUM!!! Love this spot. The Phnom Penh is great food. Not overly fancy, but super tasty. It is nice to go to an Asian type restaurant and not be served a plate that is overwhelmed with Onions and Brocolli Stalks. C1 is my favorite but be carefull if you order it spicy as it is truly for those who like it hot. I love returning for my favorites. However I have never been for dinner and I will likely be trying that next.

2008 Feb 20
My wife and I went on Valentine's day, as we had limited time, and it's close by. They were completely overwhelmed having a full restaurant. We ordered spring rolls and chicken satay as appetizers, I had a golden chicken main, and my wife the pad thai. Our spring rolls came out fairly quickly. On of the kitchen staff then brought our food the the table next to us (they happened to order the same thing about 15 minutes after us). They came back about ten minutes later to apologize, at which time we inquired about our other appetizer. It cam a while later, followed by our mains. The table next to us never received their soup appetizer. The food tasted fantastic, excellent spring rolls, and the golden chicken was really good. We were there for over two and a half hours however, most of which was spent waiting. I've been before, and the service was really quick, I just think they were extremely overwhelmed that night, and didn't plan on being that busy.

2007 Apr 27
I went with a friend yesterday for lunch. I ordered the Golden Chicken and he ordered the Lemongrass Beef and we shared both of the dishes. Both were really delicious. The beef was stirfried with onions and red and green peppers - no heavy sauces but quite flavourful. The chicken was also really nice and spicy with a peanut sauce that was quite rich. I do agree with Tiana that there was a lot of rice, but the portions overall were quite generous. We also ordered the Cambodian spring rolls. They were nice and crisp and not greasy -filled with a mixture or ground pork and chicken and vermicelli.

The service was okay - we were greeted as soon as we entered the restaurant and shown to a table. Our drink orders were taken a couple of minutes after we were seated. One of the orders was wrong (Ginger Beef instead of Lemongrass Beef) but the waitress quickly corrected the problem and we had the dish we ordered in less than 5 minutes. The only real criticism I have is that they weren't quick enough with the water refills. The waitress finally came to refill our glasses when we were almost done.

I did enjoy the meal and I do plan on going back.

2006 Dec 19
We went here last night for a birthday dinner with some friends.

I ordered C1 which was chicken in a pinkish sauce with a drizzle of coconut milk and apparently, random basil leaves all on a giant mound of rice.

I found that it was ok but not great. The flavours were simple but not impressive. I'd eat here again if other people were planning a night out and chose this place, but I would never choose it myself.

2006 Sep 30
I tried their seafood rice noodles. The shrimp wasn't fresh (the shrimps smelt!). After the dinner, we wanted to chat a bit longer and the servers just kept looking at us. This bothered us very much and we left and went to Zavida Coffee to continue our conversation. I will not go back again.

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2009 Feb 26
Went to Phnom Penh recently and ordered the golden chicken curry, spicy.

The level of heat in this thing is pretty awesome: it's more "forward" a heat than some of the curries I've tried, meaning that it hits you right away, rather than creeping up on you.

Quite delicious, with a good balance between the spice and the coconut/peanut.

2008 Oct 27
We ate here on Friday - and I went with my favorite. I ordered it "spicy" which may be too much for most, but it hit the spot. The spicy one comes out a darker brown colour than FF pic below (I'm guessing he ordered medium). This time there were definitely more crushed peanut in the sauce but it was great!

2008 May 2
Here is their famous Golden Chicken curry. I remember enjoying it but not quite as much as I'd hoped given all the rave reviews. Now that I've lowered your expectations a bit you will love it! ;-)

2007 Nov 30
Get the Golden Chicken. Really. NOW! You won't know what hit you. I used to eat this at the Phnom Penh when I went to Queens in Kingston. It's chicken in a rich, spicy, peanut curry. Not sure if it's curry though. The closest comparison to it would be the jungle curry at Royal Thai. But this is much better. A couple of my friends found the medium spicy level too spicy but perfect for me.

We started with the Cambodian spring rolls which were Perfectly crispy and tasty. The peanut sauce with it was good but I nabbed one of my friends sweet fish sauce type sauce which came with his shrimp rolls. I found that went even better.

2008 May 2
Phnom Penh offers four noodle soups that are similar to pho. I tried the S11 Spicy Rice Noodle (Chicken, Meat Balls, Ground Pork, and Shrimps). Very nice indeed! Fairly tasty broth, good spice level, with a generous proportion of hearty noodles. Two shrimp, two or three slices of chicken, and a pile of meatballs kept things interesting.

2008 Oct 24
Tried their fondu hot pot which is a rich broth with shrimp paste (I think) - very flavourful. We got the one with vegetables and beef, chicken, shrimp, scallop, squid. It was fantastic. The flavour lingered and left me wanting to overstuff myself. Served with noodles.


2008 Oct 27
I tried the Green Curry soup here for the first time and it was fabulous! Basically hot spicy green curry in a bowl. It is thinner than the curry you'd get on rice, but tasted absolutely fabulous.


2008 Nov 29
They serve Cambodian spring rolls here. These are the best fried spring rolls I've ever had. The rice paper seems extra crispy. I have no idea what's inside (which is the way it should be) but it's very tasty. Served with a sweet tangy fish sauce.


2008 Nov 29
Sweet and Sour soup. It's got chicken, shrimp, pineapple, tomato, basil. I think there must be tamarind in it. Extremely flavourful. Savoured every spoonful!


2011 Apr 15
A second (and better) photograph of the Exotic Noodle (N3) dish. So tasty, I just can't order anything else here!

Service is always friendly, and the atmosphere is pleasant and subdued.

2010 Apr 22
When I come here for lunch, I inevitably order the Exotic Noodle because it is so delicious! However, I decided I needed to broaden my horizons a little... and ordered the only other dish that includes the scrumptious spring rolls: Poh Piah Supreme (N2)

Poh Piah Supreme is similar in structure to Exotic Noodle -- just delete beef and sauces, and add char-grilled pork and shrimp. The pork and shrimp were tasty, with a nice deep grilled flavour. I was very happy with it, but would still favour the Exotic Noodle for its addictive red sauce.

2009 Feb 6
I savoured a bowl of Exotic Noodle (N3) for lunch today. The lemongrass beef is quite different from the grilled kind you find at Vietnamese restaurants. It has a dark red colour and a pleasantly rich caramelized flavour. The white sauce in the photo is coconut, which helps mellow out the beef.

The great thing about this dish is that it contains a couple of delicious meat spring rolls -- perfect for lunch, when it's sometimes hard to justify having an appetizer. The bowl of fish sauce was awesome and made the noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts, and cucumber quite delectable.