Bassac Lane is the famous bar street in Phnom Penh. This is where you’ll find some of the city’s best bars, but Bassac Lane also has a very good selection of restaurants with food from all corners of the world.
Paul Gill, co-founder of the social enterprise Sonas, Weavers Project and Ta Eko, has been based in Cambodia for over 10 years, and in this post, he shares some of his favorite places to eat at Bassac Lane:
Thai Kitchen is really good place for Thai food and the chef and owner Sophon is full of energy and makes sure that all the guests in the restaurant are having a good time. The menu features dishes from many different regions in Thailand, so you will find both spicy and less spicy food at Thai Kitchen.
What to order? The Pad Thai and the Pad Krapow are particularly good.
Namaste India is, in my opinion, one of the best Indian restaurants in Phnom Penh. The dishes on the menu are primarily from northern India, and the food is delicious and authentic.My family is originally from India, so I am very picky, when it comes to Indian food, and I can immediately taste if, say, the oil used is not fresh, but at Namaste India they always use good, high quality ingredients. Furthermore, the service is always top notch and the staff are friendly, so it is always a pleasure to visit the restaurant.
What to order: Masala Chicken with plenty of naan bread
Chili & Chill
A really good place for traditional Khmer food. The restaurant is run by a Cambodian family and both the husband and wife are incredibly nice. Cheap and delicious.
Mama Wong is now a bit of a classic on Bassac Lane. The Asian fusion restaurant is particularly known for homemade noodles and dumplings, but their small plates, Asian Tapas, are also very nice, and go well with a beer or a cocktail.