Khmer Surin Restaurant, Phnom Penh
Tel: 855 23 993 163
Concierge.com's insider take:
Situated in the heart of "NGO Land,'' the Boeung Keng Kang neighborhood south of the Independence Monument, this efficient, casual eatery is a long-standing luncheon favorite of expat aid workers, diplomats, and middle-class Khmers. The decor, especially the Angkor-inspired pilasters and lintels, is slightly over-the-top, but hundreds of hanging plants and orchids impart a gardenlike feel to the shaded, open-air space. Western dishes are available, but try such Khmer favorites as loc lac—slices of beef stir-fried with oyster sauce and green peppercorns—or frog's legs stir-fried in a paste of lemongrass, galangal, and garlic.—Christopher Cox
Open daily 10 am to 10:30 pm.