Address: The Passage, Old Market Area
Tourists should be forgiven for crying out the name of this tapas spot as if in a moment of inspired gastronomic discovery. Inside the stylish new Hotel Be Angkor, on a pedestrian-only stretch nicknamed Bar Street, it is so named for the Khmer word for food. Inside, there are cool stone floors and comfortable leather chairs surrounding a central kitchen where local talent Oeng Ratan turns out small plates of regional favorites. Try the green mango and dried snake salad, an addictive combination of sweet, salty, and sour; the super-spicy stir-fried prawns; or the eel sautéed with capsicum and holy basil. International options, especially the delicate tuna seared in tarragon, are equally good. The 400-bottle wine wall makes it a cinch to pair a wide variety of tapas, $2$12).