There are only very few 100% vegetarian restaurants in Phnom Penh, but many of the international restaurants with an expat/tourist clientele have a good selection of vegetarian food on the menu. Here are some of my favorites:
Vibe is supposedly the first (and only?) 100% vegan restaurant in Phnom Penh. Their bowls are out of this world, and their smoothies and cold pressed juices taste like sunshine and wellbeing. A juice and a bowl will set you back around $12, which is expensive for Phnom Penh, but a steal if you travel with a European budget. If Vibe weren’t so far from Kanary’s Homestay, where I am staying when I am visiting Phnom Penh, I would go there every day.
Farm to Table
Farm to Table is a really cozy restaurant/urban farm, in BKK 1 with outdoor seating among jackfruit trees and clucking chickens (dogs aren’t welcome). The ingredients are locally sourced, and what is in season dictates what is on the menu. It was at Farm to Table that I tried jackfruit as a meat substitute for the first time, and their jackfruit sandwich is still among the best I’ve had.
Mok Mony is a really cozy restaurant in the heart of BKK 1. The menu isn’t 100% vegetarian but the vegetarian food they make is excellent and innovative. Try their vegetarian tofu steak stuffed with chives, onion and garlic and served in a sake/mirin/soy marinade, it is delicious.
Nice, casual restaurant that uses mushrooms as a meat substitute. The noodle soup with fried mushrooms is my favorite, but the noodles without soup are also delicious. The restaurant is popular among the local youth and around lunchtime, you might have to wait for a vacant table. There is also another vegetarian restaurant next door, and it also supposed to be very popular, but I have only eaten there once, and I think I caught the kitchen on a bad day.
Vegetarian Restaurant across the street from The Plantation Urban resort & Spa, Phnom Penh
I had been eyeing up Backyard Café for a long time, but it wasn’t until Alan and Mr. Pheap from A.N.D. invited me for lunch at the café, that I finally got to visit one of Phnom Penh’s most well-known vegetarian spots. Backyard Cafe is the sister restaurant to Vibe, and compared to Vibe, I think the food at Backyard Café has a little more substance, with a menu that goes beyond just bowls and smoothies.
There are two Eleven One restaurants in Phnom Penh: One is at the Russian Market and one is in BKK 1, and both restaurants are very nice and so similar in layout and vibe that I have difficulties telling them apart. Eleven One has a no plastic policy so the straws are made from bamboo and the packaging (for home delivery) is biodegradable. A lot of people go there for the pizza (at the Russian Market branch), but I think the local dishes are a better option, such as the tasty vegetarian version of the traditional Khmer dish amok. The Eleven One at Russian Market is right next to Crumbs (a cute little bakeshop) so you can order Crumbs freshly baked cookies from the Eleven One menu.
BKK 1: Eleven One, #20, Street 334 (between st.51 & st.57), Phnom Penh