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Good cause dining in Phnom Penh

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Dining for a cause in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

Romdeng, part of the Friends' family

Romdeng, part of the Friends’ family

Phnom Penh has several restaurants that are run by aid organisations to help fund their social programs in Cambodia. These are worth seeking out, as the proceeds of a hearty meal go towards helping Cambodia’s recovery and allow restaurant staff to gain valuable work experience.

Friends, Street 13; One of the city’s best-loved restaurants with tasty tapas and heavenly smoothies. It offers street children a head start.

Romdeng, Street 174; Part of the Friends’ extended family, it specialises in fare from the provinces of Cambodia, and is staffed by former street youths.

Sugar n Spice Cafe, Street 178; Located on the top floor of the Daughters visitors center, it features soups, smoothies and mains served by former sex workers.

Jars of Clay, Street 155; Part of the profits go to helping women rescued from trafficking. Enjoy the bakery, Khmer mains and drinks.

Le Lotus Blanc, Street 51; Upmarket diner acts as a training center for youths from the city dump. Run by NGO PSE, serves classy French and Khmer cuisine.

Ebony Tree, Street 29; Stylish little cafe with health shakes and veggie treats. 20% of profits go to the arts and HIV orphanage.

Hagar, Street 310; Profits help destitute and abused women, with an all you can eat buffet.

The Siem Reap Restaurant Scene

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Siem Reap is a destination that doesn’t stand still and the restaurant and dining scene continues to evolve rapidly. Hanuman profiles some of the newer places in Cambodia’s Temple Town.

Haven in Siem Reap

Haven in Siem Reap

Haven (Sok San St;

One of many ‘good cause’ restaurants in Siem Reap, Haven regularly occupies the number one spot on Trip Advisor. The menu offers a mix of international Asian dishes, including Khmer favourites like loklak beef and green mango salad. Staff at the restaurant are drawn from young adult orphans in the area, helping them make the step from institution to employment. It is only open for dinner.

Chanrey Tree (Pokambor Ave;

This stylish restaurant has been generating a bit of a buzz in Siem Reap for its contemporary Cambodian cuisine. The setting is designer and the owner-chef has long experience on the Siem Reap culinary scene, including time at the impressive Meric at Hotel de la Paix (now Park Hyatt). Zesty dishes include seafood with Kampotpepper, braised frog legs and Khmer roast chicken.

Mie Café (Road to Angkor Conservation;

Set in a country-style wooden house near Angkor Conservation, this new restaurant offers an enticing mix of East meets West. Cambodian flavours include a spicy fish tartar and amok and the international menu offers a tenderloin and honey glazed ribs.

Sister Srey Café (200 Pokambor Ave;

A café for a cause, Sister SreyCafé has become a hub for the volunteer community and responsible tourism community in Siem Reap. Run by a pair of Aussie sisters, the menu is mod Melbourne café culture, with impressive breakfast and brunch items and lots of home comfort food.

Blossom Café (St 6;

A real sweet treat for the kids (or big kids) out there, cupcakes are artfully presented in a dizzying array of seasonal flavours. The menu also includes some salads, sandwiches and snacks, plus a generous selection of coffees, teas and shakes. Profits help Cambodian women in vocational training.

Phnom Penh’s The Exchange

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Introducing Phnom Penh’s latest gastronomic headliner – The Exchange

One of the most anticipated restaurant-bar openings of 2012, The Exchange is set in a beautifully restored French colonial villa near Wat Phnom on Rue de France. Established by Australian chef Tom O’Connor, the creative force behind Metro and Fish in earlier years, the restaurant boasts an international menu of fusion food and flavours. Menu highlights include tapas style sharing platters in Mediterranean and Ocean varieties, a variety of local and imported fish and some selected steaks from Australia and the US. Particularly recommended is the Mekong lobster linguini. Upstairs is the first private members club in Phnom Penh, accessible only by key card activated lift, known as The Vault.