As a stalwart of the Phnom Penh eating scene, The Shop is now entering its 17th year of serving the city. Editor Marissa Carruthers and photographer Enric Català sample the menu at its leafy Toul Kork location.
It’s becoming something of a luxury to be able to relax in a spacious outdoor tropical setting and enjoy eating in the dappled shade. In fact, it’s easy to forget you’re even in Phnom Penh at The Shop Toul Kork.
While the leafy setting may be confined to its Toul Kork location, the eatery’s menu spans its three locations – Tuol Kork, its flagship Street 240 diner and its Street 102 option at Central Mansion.
And with an emphasis on producing fresh, quality homemade produce, it’s little wonder The Shop has stood the test of time.
Boasting a menu that caters for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between, options take in everything from breakfast sets, pastries and soups, to salads, quiches and paninis.
We kick-started our feast with eggs benedict The Shop style ($7), which, according to the menu, was voted Phnom Penh’s best. Definitely sitting up there at the top, the freshly made English muffins came topped with a generous layer of delicate salmon, smoked in house, and perfectly fluffy poached eggs, doused in hollandaise sauce.
Next up was The Alpes salad ($6.25 / $7.75), a colourful dish comprised of generous crumbles of goats’ cheese and soft cubes of roasted pumpkins, laced with sunflower seeds to add crunch, sliced radishes for a mild kick and crisp mixed lettuce. Shavings of parmesan completed the dish.
The top-selling chicken and avocado on ciabatta ($4.75) came next. While for some, the missing ingredient may be sauce, for me – a sauce despiser – it was perfect, with thin cuts of chicken breast, avocado, lettuce, and sliced cucumber and tomato completing the sandwich. The bread was delightfully soft on the inside, with a crunchy outer layer.
With the beef burger The Shop style ($6.50) proving popular since being added to the menu last year, we sampled that.
The towering burger contained a homemade beef patty, a layer of crispy bacon and melted Swiss cheese, as well as the usual lettuce, tomatoes and gherkins.
The patty was thick and juicy yet firm, and the home-baked bun was soft while managing to hold what was packed inside well without getting soggy – a definite bonus.
Stuffed but determined to try some of the tempting desserts on display, we opted for the raspberry mousse and citrus fruit cake.
The mousse was soft and beautifully presented, with the sweet raspberry flavour really shining through, while the addition of a piece of white chocolate atop added contrast. The citrus fruit cake was also packed full of flavour, with the layers of cream and lemon jam exploding on the palate.
Only able to manage a forkful of each, I’d definitely recommend saving some space for pudding. And for those with a sweet tooth, why not visit one of the two Chocolate Shop locations on Street 240 and Street 63.
The Shop will be offering its turkey dinner meal for pick up or delivery, as well as its Christmas buche and festive chocolates.