“Wow” was my first reaction when I came in the restaurant for the first time. With a modern interior design, between a coffee shop and a cosy bar, Naang at Monsoon Hotel is serving a kind of French-Cambodian fusion food. It is located in Tonle Bassac corner Street 9 and 294.
To begin with, the menu design was original and the description of the dishes are appealing even if we didn’t understand the name at first sight as they mixed Khmer and English words. For example, I ordered the foie gras as a starter but the name was “Foie Gras Piprey”… I was quite doubtful at the beginning as foie gras is of course not the speciality of the country…But it didn’t disappoint me at all! The duck liver was really tasty and served with a special black currant jam. Not only it tasted good but also, it was one of the best value in town at 8 dollars the big slice! We tried the salmon as well, freshly smoked by the restaurant with Jasmine tea, served with an avocado and ginger puree. I would recommend their starters, it is amazing.
I continued with roasted lamb rack, called Mondulkiri Kone Chirm in the menu… Is it Mondulkiri lamb? Who knows... The lamb was not bad, delicious taste and good cooking. Flavour was quite special with the Mondulkiri honey sauce creating a blend of coffee in mouth. However, I didn’t understand the presence of the tapenade in the dish.
My partner ordered the rum steak, really ordinary dish. Nothing special, a normal steak served with fresh green beans and we asked for pomme dauphine instead of mashed potatoes… We were thinking it was the yummy small pomme dauphine such as in France, but no… Fail.
You can come for lunch or dinner, with some breakfast dishes such as Egg Benedicte, Toast with tomatoes chutney or salads. I tried their vegetarian pasta too. Service was great and fast, price is really affordable… You will end up a breakfast or a lunch at around 10-15 dollars per person and a dinner at around 25-30 dollars per person… Really good quality price ratio. However, the Chef still needs to work on the desserts, I have tried the Bluecheese with caramel and the Mango terrine with Kampot pepper, and I couldn’t finish it… It was way too sweet and too many flavours in one dish… Sorry for whoever who is fond of sweet food!
Taste it, we tested it!
Naang at Monsoon Hotel – Open daily from 07.15 to 15.00 and from 17.30 to 22.30
#8 Street 294 Corner Street 9, Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: +855 (0) 23 922 333