This long-running Khmer and Thai restaurant simply gets better and better. Set in a large Khmer traditional-style building on leafy 57 Street, the restaurant has beautifully rustic decor featuring dark wood and silk. It has recently doubled in size since they built a new annex. If you want a more rural style of dining head upstairs, where floor cushions are arranged around low tables with balcony views of the street below. It serves a fantastic range of regional dishes, with separate Thai and Khmer menus (Surin is an Isan province of Thailand bordering Cambodia to the north that is almost entirely ethnic Khmer). The dishes range from the simple Thai rad na gai (large flat noodles with chicken in gravy) to Khmer favorites such as dtrey dom rai (whole fish fried with tamarind sauce). Try the dtrey chhlounh, or deep-fried peacock eel direct from the Tonle Sap. The crowning glory of the Khmer Surin is the astonishingly reasonable prices it charges for these wonderful offerings. It remains one of the best places in central.
The New York Times, Thursday, November 17, 2011
Possibly the best Khmer food in Phnom Penh. Also just a beautiful place to sit and relax.
A Google User, August 2, 2011
Beautiful place where have a rest and eat very good dishes. Wide selection of food and drinks. The ambient is relaxing with a lot of colours and natural elements.
A Google User, August 16, 2011
Friendly service in a beautiful but laid-back setting makes Khmer Surin a very pleasant place to spend an evening. Situated in an old Khmer wooden building, the airy first floor accommodates diners on cushions around low tables, while Western-style chairs and tables are available downstairs. The food is a combination of Khmer and Thai specialties, all very reasonably priced. The traditional Khmer seafood dish, amok, is a highlight - a delicate steamed fish and coconut milk curry, served piping hot in banana leaves or a collection of eggcup-sized covered dishes. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available.
Yahoo Travel Use, August 2, 2011
Khmer Surin Restaurant has been serving excellent Khmer and Thai food since 1996. The restaurant promotes Cambodian culture as a food, entertainment, and arts venue: emphasizing its uniqueness, quality and strength, and historical value. Khmer Surin Restaurant also promotes tourism in Cambodia by providing a high quality ethnic and culinary experience.
The restaurant is an oasis in the city with its lush tropical plants, flowers and water garden. The restaurant is set in an old Khmer style building adorned with Cambodian antique furniture and silk. Table covers are hand made with unique design. It offers three floors of different style seating:
- 1st floor with low table seating surrounded by gardens,
- 2nd floor Cambodia style seating on cushions on balcony and
- 3rd floor an open air seating with a view of Phnom Penh.
Khmer Surin serves a wide range of delicious Khmer and Thai dishes. It promotes the use of locally produced ingredients. Dishes are prepared with fresh local herbs and spices.
Over 45 staff work at the restaurant. All have been trained from entry-level positions and have developed a variety of skills and responsibilities to serve our guests as well as to improve their own well-being.
House #9, Street 57, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkarmon,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Tel: +855 (0) 12 887 320, +855 (0) 12 797 539, and +855 (0) 23 993 163