Devouring food has never been easier, thanks to the capital’s appetite for all you-can-eat buffets. AsiaLIFE takes a look at some of Phnom Penh’s best steals. Photography by Charles Fox.
With almost endless spreads of food up for grabs, it’s easy to see why the capital’s buffets are a popular choice with the masses.
Offering the opportunity to dabble with a string of dining options, try different tastes and push the palette in new directions, AsiaLIFE takes a look at some of Phnom Penh’s most bustling eateries.
Shabu Shabu & Sushi Buffet
With families packing out the place to hoover up the food on offer for just $7.80, Japanese and sushi are the flavour of the day here. Diners are seated at stations with dedicated soup bowls containing a boiling broth to toss in food that passes on a lengthy conveyor belt, with ingredients including vegetables, squid, fish, chicken, shellfish and noodles. Dumplings can also be thrown into the hotpot mix, as can the pieces of raw fish disguised as Angry Birds. There is also a sushi station and small selection of other Asian dishes, including chicken satay and fried rice. If there’s room, tuck into the ice cream and fruit platters.
Corner of Sihanouk and Sothearos blvds., Tel. 023 215 453 & City Mall Shopping Centre, 012 208 383, open Monday to Saturday, from 11am to 9pm.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
If you’re a meat lover, upmarket Samba, offering a feast of cuts of fine Brazilian meat, is just the ticket. Sitting on the first floor of the Sihanouk Boulevard eatery, Samba staff, wielding large skewers of 15 juicy meats and seafood, are on hand to serve straight to your plate. Choices vary from pepper beef and prime cuts of beef to shrimp with bacon, barbecued pork xa xiu and chicken heart. Accompanying the speciality of meats is a feast in the form of a cold salad buffet that takes in cheeses, cold meats, bread, pasta, soups and sushi. And a chocolate fountain awaits as dessert. Lunch buffet is $16.90 (Monday to Friday), dinner is $31.90.
64 Sihanouk Blvd, Tel. 023 222 599, open daily from 11.30pm to 3pm and 5pm to 10.30pm.
Tonle Bassac’s impressive offering of dishes is a feast for the eyes let alone the stomach, making it easy to indulge. Boasting more than 100 options at lunchtime and 200 during dinner, the predominantly Cambodian cuisine also takes in Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Western food. Despite the 500 seats, it can get busy in this buffet hall as Cambodians clamour for the grilled meats, freshly grilled seafood, barbecued beef, chicken and pork, pepper steak, crispy duck rolls and variety of soups and fried rice choices. Just in case there is still space, desserts take in ice cream, cake and fruits. Lunch buffet costs $7, dinner is $15.
177 Mao Tse Toung Blvd, Tel. 023 210 019, open for lunch every day from 11am to 2pm and dinner from 6pm to 10pm.
As one of the latest contenders to the market, this Aeon Mall-based entrant gives diners 80 minutes to gorge on as much grub and drink all the Angkor beer you could wish for in exchange for a meagre $10. With all seafood said to be imported from Japan, the sushi selection is good quality and spans the norm of tuna, salmon and prawn, and extends to octopus and tamagoyaki, layers of egg, seaweed and rice. Hot food also awaits hungry diners in the form of noodles, miso soup, Japanese-style stir-fry, salads and tempura.
Aeon Mall, Sothearos Blvd, Tel. 023 966 269, open 10.30am to 9pm.
Hanami Entertainment Buffet
The entertainment referred to in this restaurant’s name can only mean the feast of food on offer because there’s no chance of leaving Hanami hungry. Specialising in Japanese cuisine, the restaurant’s offering also spans Khmer and Chinese cuisine as well as rather bizarrely boasting a pasta and pizza bar. The sushi carousel serves up a healthy mix of options, and food stations serve noodle soups, tempura dishes, kebabs and a selection of desserts, ranging from mousse and cake to custard-based desserts. The lunch buffet costs $9 and dinner is $21. Free-flow Angkor beer can be added for $1.50.
Corner Mao Tse Toung Blvd and Street 63, Tel. 070 389 100, open daily from 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm.
Don’t pile your plate too high.
Remember, you can go back for round two.
Keep it clean.
For example, avoid using your hands or mixing the sauce spoons.
Patience is a virtue.
Wait your turn in the queue, the food isn’t going anywhere.
It will fill you up and leave less space for tastier snacks.