Father's Restaurant

Now that I have a better understanding of Khmer food, thanks to the Royal Khmer Cuisine course I took at the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, I feel more confident about eating Khmer food in small restaurants around Siem Reap. My favorite so far, is a small but very clean food stall, in the food court section of the Central Market (on Sivatha Boulevard).

If you know where I am referring to but haven’t been there in awhile, you must be thinking that I have lost my mind. Yes I am referrin to those food stalls that employ a bunch of very forward girls and off-duty tuk-tuk drivers to drive (or actually drag) customers into their concessions.

Father’s Restaurant is a new addition to the row of small restaurants, having only opened about three months ago. On first impression you will immediately notice that the furniture is more suited to foreign customers tastes than the flashy chrome chairs and tables, of the neighboring restaurants. The place also seems to be cleaner than the others, but that is partly do to it’s being a new establishment, hopefully it will remain this way.

What impressed me the most and why I decided to sit down is the much lower key staff at Father’s Restaurant. I don’t like to feel like I am being hustled when I am looking for a place to eat and assume that a lot of people feel the same way.

The proof is in the pudding of course and the food I have had so far has been fresh and pretty tasty. The meal pictured above is fried spring roles (there were 5 before I ate the first two) and a tofu and pork soup. This is of course not a typical Khmer meal but it is the only one I have photographed so far. I have also had the fresh spring roles (vietnamese) and a Khmer sweet and sour fish soup, which were both pretty good. Prices are very reasonable and the service is extremely good.

Tell them that George, the bicycle riding photographer sent you.

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