As breakfast is widely considered to be the most important meal of the day, here are my recommendations on where to eat in Phnom Penh when you visit.
The Tigers Eye – Sotheros Boulevard
Granted I have not actually tried the breakfast menu at Tigers Eye yet but with a menu boasting Freshly Baked Pastries ($3) “Bobor” Cambodian Rice Porridge with pork, ginger, mushrooms and herbs ($8) Slow Cooked Oats in coconut milk with spices and honey ($5) and a wide variety of egg dishes from a Spanish Omelette with aubergine, tomato and mayonnaise ($7) to Poached Eggs with salmon, asparagus and hollandaise ($9) you would be hard pressed not to find something downright mouth-watering on Chef Timothy Bruyns breakfast menu.
They also have a great selection of cocktails, with their Patron Silver Bloody Maria ($5.5) or their Bacon infused Bourbon on ice ($5.5) being particularly well suited for brunch imbibement!
Public – Street 240 1/2, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Available from 10:30-2pm both Saturday and Sunday, the $25 Free-flow bloody Mary and Bellini Brunch (or $15 without alcohol) is great value for money and a fun way to spend the afternoon.
The menu is short and sweet, offering Fresh Fruits with Yoghurt, Scrambled Eggs on Toast, Eggs Benedict, Bacon and Avocado on Toast, Corn Fritters and a Bacon and Egg Puff Pastry Pie, most of which are suitable for sharing (you can order as many portions as you wish) so you don’t get full too quickly and can enjoy all those lovely cocktails.
The restaurant itself has the feel of a gentleman’s club, all dark wood, plush leather banquettes and an impressive bar counter that runs the length of the restaurant and it is an extremely civilised place to linger over a long, lazy lunch.
Artillery – Street 240 1/2, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Located just across from Public, on quiet alley just off the trendy “street 240” lined with funky boutiques and shops, ARTillery is an easy walk to the Grand Palace and a great place to head if you are in need of some brunch. I absolutely loved their brunch menu and although I knew what I was going to order the second I looked at the menu, there were plenty of other great looking dishes to try.
Both D and I went for toast topped with wilted spinach, a generous handful of sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh avocado along with a wonderful smoothie of dragon fruit, lemongrass and ginger and a double espresso to finish. DT and J both chose bagels served with either scrambled egg and sausage or cream cheese and smoked salmon and S had a huge portion of gluten free pancakes with banana and cinnamon – the most expensive item on the brunch menu at $5!
They also have a small boutique selling hard to source food items like quinoa, cacao nibs and coconut oil and comfy sofas for lounging whilst reading the papers. I loved the chilled out location and regretted not being able to make it back to try lunch as that looked equally delicious.
Sisters All Day Breakfast Shop 26, Street 446 | near Russian market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sisters All Day Breakfast Shop, a tiny bakery/café just moments away from the Russian market is perfectly located to grab a quick breakfast or brunch without delaying your market exploring too much
The menu offers everything from potato pancakes with a side of bacon and maple syrup to fried rice with chicken or pork, fragrant Cambodian chicken curry, a chicken stir-fry, carrot cake and a rich, dark chocolate tart.
They also sell a huge array of freshly baked bread that you can order 24 hours in advance as well as the delicious looking cinnamon buns in my pictures below and various tarts, pies and cakes and I imagine they must be popular with the expat community in Phnom Penh
Raffles “Le Royal” 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh | Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A real treat at $25 for breakfast but one I could not pass up on trying! Whilst there is no free flow champagne option here as there is at the Raffles Siem Reap, their breakfast spread is still hard to beat. Homemade jams included a daily changing “marmalade of the day” displayed alongside its recipe, freshly baked breads and pastries, dim sum, noodles, pancakes, waffles, French toast, a live egg station and more!
I did my best to restrain myself and went for perfectly cooked fried eggs with stunning orange yolks, some cheese, baby herb salad a slice of crusty bread and some fruit to finish. Ok so not so restrained after all but it’s not every day one gets to eat at a Raffles hotel! They also have a full range of fruit juices and a couple of daily changing specials like the “Green Booster Juice” of apple, celery, cucumber, kailan and ginger which helped set me up in true style for the day ahead.
They also serve a free flow champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday in case you are looking for something truly decadent http://www.raffles.com/phnom-penh/dining/restaurant-le-royal/