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Khmer cuisine is a voyage of discovery, but sometimes all you really want is the comforting taste of home. Here’s a sample of some of the international chains and restaurants in Siem Reap.
There comes a time in every holiday when all you want is a pizza. Or fried chicken. Or a coffee that isn’t made with sweet milk and served in a plastic bag.
If you find yourself daydreaming about flame-grilled beef patties, you should take solace in the fact that Burger King has an outlet in Temple town, and yes, it tastes just like home! From the mighty Whopper to the Bacon Cheeseburger Doubles, it’s a burger-lovers paradise, especially if you’ve just emerged from a lengthy trip around the provinces and need that quick hit of comfort food. The ‘King Fries’ aren’t quite as we remember them, but you won’t mind as you embrace yourself in sweet, greasy goodness.
Another well-known arrival in Siem Reap is Hard Rock Cafe (King’s Road Angkor). The global phenomenon has locations throughout the world – the Siem Reap branch was their first in Cambodia, with another now open in Phnom Penh. Every outlet features live bands belting out classic covers nightly, with Rock & Roll memorabilia on display. The menu is stuffed with hearty food, in massive portions, such as their Original Legendary Burger, Famous Fajitas, and Rockin’ Wings. A special item is the “Local Legendary Burger”, made with Khmer herbs and spices.
The Pizza Company (Angkor Trade Center) has the standard selection of pizza, pasta, salads and appetizers which are “flavoured to excite”. Look out for Asian-inspired pizza toppings such as Tom Yum Kung and Tropical Seafood.
If you need to chill then Swensen’s (St 105), where happiness never melts, will satisfy your craving for cool with their indulgent ice cream scoops and sundaes. Founder Earle Swensen gave his customers three things: quality, quantity, and value for their money. They have a selection of more than 20 ice cream flavours and an unlimited variety of Ice Cream Sundaes that include premium quality toppings such as Mars, Oreo, and classic cookie. The Earthquake Sundae is an eating challenge, while the Sticky Chewy Choc Fantasy lives up to its dreamy title.
After establishing five outlets in Phnom Penh, global coffee chain Starbucks has finally arrived in Siem Reap, albeit at the departures lounge of the international airport. You can expect to find their classic range of hot and cold brewed beverages, as well as some regional and promotional specials. Carefully-sourced beans, unsurpassed roasting expertise, and highly-skilled baristas enable the company’s decades of history, passion, and knowledge that goes into every cup.
And finally there’s Tous Les Jours, the everyday French-Asian bakery producing a selection of freshly baked goods made with the highest quality ingredients sourced from South Korea. They have locations all over Cambodia as one of the best bakeries in the Kingdom. Cuddle up to a cake or sandwich, accompanied by a fine cup of coffee or tea.