Pages Cafe, Siem Reap.

I had heard lots of positive things about Pages and I have visited on several occasions since returning to Siem Reap from Sri Lanka, allowing me to put together a small post based on the “best bits” of what I have eaten there for you to see.

Pages serves food from 7am-10pm, from Asian and Western breakfasts, to chilled soups, salads, sandwiches and a really nice selection of finger food, perfect for enjoying with a glass of wine either at lunch or in the evening when I often seem to have the small café to myself at this time of year.

On my first visit I decided to try one of their “Mezze” offers of 3 salads or soups for $4.25.  Little glass bowls of Green Lentil Salad, Carrot Salad and a chilled Courgette and Spinach Soup were all perfectly portioned and served with a small basket of freshly baked bread on the side. Simplicity is the key word here and whilst I found the soup a little “thick”, both the carrot and lentil salads were lovely.

On my return later that week I tried the second of their mezze offers of any 4 finger foods or toasts for $10. I probably should have guessed from the pricing that this is designed to be shared as it is simply too much for one to handle but I liked the varied selection of dishes it allowed me to try. Generally speaking, 2 of the fingerfoods or “things on toast” are enough for a light meal, or the first mezze selection of soup and salad can be made into more of a substantial meal by adding a dish from the fingerfood menu which is what I have started to do more frequently.

There is no shortage of delicious looking dishes on the menu to choose from and it took me a fair amount of time to settle on the pork and vegetable dumplings, falafel with crudités and both the mackerel rillettes and mushrooms and chimichurri on toast. 

Whilst the casing for the dumplings is a little thick, the filling is very pleasant, as is the chilli, soy and ginger dipping sauce they are served with and I enjoyed them, as I did the falafel and mushrooms and chimichurri on toast. It was, however, the mackerel rillettes that I enjoyed the most. The rich oily mackerel was nicely complemented by the tang of the cornichons, mustard and the white wine it had been combined with to make them into a sort of rillettes consistency. Delicious! 

Other finger foods include little filo pastry wrapped “cigars” (or I suppose they are cigarillos really) of feta and mint, not far removed from the Lebanese rakakat, hummus sprinkled with paprika and served with crudités and a nutty walnut bread as well as the unusual vegetable “accras”, a sort of mixed vegetable tempura with  sweet chilli dipping sauce on the side.

I love the bright 60’s inspired interiors – look at those floor tiles! – and the furniture doesn’t just look good, it’s surprisingly comfy too. I would be interested to try a night in their neighbouring guest house (with its 9 rooms running at anything from $65 to $100 at this time of year) on a staycation at some point too as the rooms seem to have had as much thought put into the design as the cafe itself and they look like a lovely place to base yourself for a couple of days. 

Keep your eyes peeled for their frequent events that are posted up on their Facebook page, including a weekend bbq and pool party and wine events in the evening.

Street 24, Wat Bo, Siem Reap
Tel: +855 (0)63 966 812
Fax: +855 (0)63 966 813

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