Brunch is a great way to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday with friends and family, and with plenty of options to choose from across the capital, Phnom Penhers can stuff themselves silly every weekend. Kimchhay Chanry tries the top five brunches. Photography by Lim Sokchanlina.
The Tiger’s Eye
South African chef, Timothy Bruyns, doesn’t fail to impress with his restaurant’s brunch offerings. Every Saturday, the stylish eatery serves up a lengthy list of brunch options that run throughout the day. The à la carte menu ($3 to $26) takes in a range of Asian dishes, given a Western tweak, such as Caesar salad ($7), pan roasted rib eye steak ($26), brined pork and shallow fried ribs with steamed buns, pickled cucumber and spring onions ($12). The range of desserts take in mango with coconut sticky rice and chocolate brownies with Prosecco, iced teas, iced coffee are on the offer. And because it’s the weekend, why not indulge in a cocktail or two from the signature range? The shortrib beef with egg noodles, bok choy and carrots or pan-roasted rib eye beef with mushroom and potatoes, go hand-in-hand with the Fragrant Rice cocktail ($4) or spicy Maria ($5).
49 Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh.
Tel: 017 876 382.
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
While you may have to dig deep to splash out for Sofitel’s brunch buffet, it’s well worth it. Every Sunday, from 11.30am to 3pm, La Coupole Restaurant opens its doors on a feast of food and drinks from across the globe. Think imported charcuterie and cheeses, home-made terrines, pan-fried duck liver and mouth-watering Sunday roasts in the form of Australian beef and lamb. There is also a raclette cheese station, fresh sashimi and a selection of Cambodian noodle soups. If there is space for more, sample the Indian and Thai dishes and grilled seafood – remember to save space for dessert. Brunch is $59, $79 with free flow of Veuve Clicquot brut Champagne and wine, or $99 with the addition of Veuve Clicquot rosé Champagne. Children ($29) have access to Kids’ Corner. With the option to dive into Sofitel’s spacious pool and listen to the sizzling sounds of live jazz, brunch here is a very tempting treat.
26 Old August Site, Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh.
Tel: 023 999 200.
Khéma is the latest reason to skip a boring breakfast at home and make a treat of it instead. The early bird, free flow breakfast – daily from 6am to 10am – means there’s no lolling around during lunch, but for $10 it’s a hearty way to start the day. Its decadent morning spread takes in honey-glazed pancakes, eggs Florentine and Benedeict, homemade muesli, fresh fruits, natural yoghurt, pastries and kuy teav, pork and prawn rice noodle soup. Its Sunday brunch ($50) menu presents a smorgasbord of French delights to spend hours grazing on. From 11am to 3pm, guests can enjoy free flow of cheese, cold cuts, breads and pastries as well as cold and hot beverages. Unlimited eggs, plus a choice of dishes from the à la carte menu, such as lobster bisque and beef Wellington, are included. The champagne brunch ($75) includes free flow of Champagne Duval Leroy.
163 Street 51, Phnom Penh.
Tel: 023 221 646.
The 240 by MAADS
The 240’s weekend brunch ($12) is a great way to eat away the day. Located on leafy Street 240, the brunch set, which runs from 8am to 9pm, takes in a range of courses – and thankfully they offer a doggy bag for the food left over. Brunchers can gorge on seafood okonomiyaki and two eggs of any style: scrambled, poached, over easy or sunny-side up. A healthy portion of home-made natural yoghurt and organic muesli is also served, along with a plate of fresh seasonal fruits, a brownie and Kampot pepper flavoured ice cream. With a choice of tea or coffee plus a freshly-squeezed fruit juice or smoothie, The 240 by MAADs weekend brunch is a delicious bargain. For those wanting to make it boozy, a glass of bubbles is an additional $2. Diners wanting to pace out the calories in between courses can browse the colourful collection of home ware and accessories in the in house boutique.
85 Street 240, Phnom Penh.
Tel: 023 218 450.
The Chinese House
Make sure you set aside the day to feast on brunch at The Chinese House. With tables set up in the manicured outside space that overlooks the Tonle Sap River, the Saturday and Sunday brunches boast visiting live musicians and a market selling a range of quality crafted goods. The menu takes in a range of dishes, from home-made granola, passion fruit yoghurt popsicles and mango ($7.50) and Eggs Benedict, Florentine or Royale with buttered leeks and cured salmon ($6.50) to the Chinese Full House ($8), eggs of choice, bacon, pork sausages, homemade baked beans and sautéed mushrooms and chicken crepe ($6.50) with sautéed spinach, cream mushrooms and parmesan cheese. A selection of fine wines and other alcoholic beverages are also on offer to compliment the food, including a sangria pitcher ($12.75) and a bottle of champagne Bernardin sparkling rose ($58). Get there early to reserve a spot, or even better call ahead and book.
45 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh.
Tel: 092 553 330.