Baan Thai Restaurant, Phnom Penh
Tel: 855 23 362 991
Concierge.com's insider take:
Its name means "Thai village,'' and Arun Loythong's restaurant delivers down-home cooking with roots in her native Thailand's rural Surin province, which has a substantial ethnic Khmer minority. The very affordable menu (dinner for two with drinks runs about $20) mixes Thai classics like spicy satays and Panang curry with earthier Khmer dishes such as stir-fried minced pork with coconut milk, roasted peanuts, and prahok fish paste, or fish soup with tomatoes, pineapple, squash, lily root, and tamarind. The rustic, romantic setting—the veranda of a traditional raised, wooden house shaded by large mango trees and outfitted with low tables and floor pillows—primarily attracts expats and veteran travelers, especially since Baan Thai relocated in 2007 from the Boeung Keng Kang diplomatic quarter to a quiet residential street east of the Russian Market. —Christopher Cox
Open daily 10 am to 10 pm.