Kinin is one of those places, which is impossible to fit into one single box. It is a collective of sorts, featuring a bar, antique shop, botanic house, and a restaurant with a great ambiance and a lovely garden, and oh, they also have a plant shop, but to keep it simple, I’ll just focus on the restaurant and bar for now.
The menu at Kinin is a mix of trendy Cambodian-meets-western-styled food, and there are also several great vegan options on the menu. You definitely must order the honey-glazed duck breast, it is simply sublime and delicious, I couldn’t stop myself from eating it. I have also tried out their Fish & Chips with tartar sauce, it was such an addictive snack. Their Pasta Pastis is another must-order. It’s nice and creamy with the right level of salt and the beef/chicken that comes with it is to die for. Their Kampot Lok Lak was also incredible, I felt like I was actually in Kampot eating it. It’s more on the saltier side but still scrumptious. A popular vegan option as I’ve heard from my friend, who has been working at Kinin for years, is their vegan veggie burger, apparently, it’s also delicious. For drinks, I recommend the espresso martini and for a sweeter option the Bokor Sunrise! Kinin is just an oasis of delicious taste. The staff (not just my friend) are very attentive and offer great service.
On hotter days or rainy days, the outdoor seats are inconvenient and you will have to eat inside the restaurant, which is named Khumbhaka. Still, the restaurant’s dining environment is very pleasant and chic.
Who should go? Kinin is a great place for people of all ages. It is perfect for chilling/relaxing having chitchats over some fantastic food and drinks. There is also a cat named Skittles, roaming around and occasionally, friendly dogs come visiting as well.
Price level: 5$-12$ for most of the dishes, and drinks are around 5$ with the exception of wine, which is more expensive.
Kinin, Corner of Street 123 & St 446, Phnom Penh, Cambodia