Aha, Siem Reap
Tel: 855 63 965 501
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Old Market area got even more of a groove on with the 2008 arrival of the loungelike Aha restaurant. Located on the ground floor of Hotel Be Angkor, it's an off-site venture operated by Hôtel de la Paix. The menu, created by Joannes Riviere, executive chef of Meric, bears a similar mix of Continental and Khmer fare, albeit in tapas-size portions (try the classic deep-fried potatoes with roasted-garlic aïoli or grilled beef with green-papaya pickles), with the addition of salads (prawn and pomelo with toasted coconut) and stir-fried plates ranging from eel with holy basil and chili to pork with braised ginger. The 60-seat dining room is air-conditioned—unusual for a nonhotel restaurant in Siem Reap—though the local expats prefer the limited seating on the shaded, pedestrian-only Passage.—Christopher Cox
Open daily 11:30 am until late.