Best restaurants in Northwestern Cambodia

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Battambang

    Jaan Bai

    Jaan Bai ('rice bowl' in Khmer) is Battambang's foodie treat, with a sleekly minimalist interior offset by beautiful French-Khmer tilework lining the wall. The menu likewise is successfully bold. Order a few of the small plates to experience the range of flavours, or go all out with the tasting menu: seven plates plus wine for US$15 per person (minimum two people). Jaan Bai trains and employs vulnerable youth through the Cambodian Children's Trust (www.cambodianchildrenstrust.org).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Battambang

    La Villa

    Battambang’s most atmospheric dinner option dishes up delectable Khmer, Vietnamese, French and Italian dishes, plus wines from around the world. Specialities include a tender fish fillet in lemon sauce. Sit inside under the glass atrium or bask in the colonial glow of the courtyard outside, and start with the local ice tea.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Battambang

    Lonely Tree Cafe

    Upstairs from the shop of the same name, this uber-cosy cafe serves Spanish tapas-style dishes and a few Khmer options under a soaring, bamboo-inlaid ceiling. Its mascot is an actual tree on the road to Siem Reap. Proceeds support cultural preservation and people with disabilities, among other causes.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Battambang

    Riceholic

    Run by a Japanese couple who operated pop-up kitchens in Australia, Riceholic specialises in making its own seasonings and a traditional koji (fermented sauce) from Battambang rice. The menu offers speciality ramen with a healthy tonkotsu broth made from cashew nut, plus delicious sushi and gyoza also feature on the menu.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kompong Thom Province

    Kompong Thom Restaurant

    With delightful waiters and a pocket-sized terrace overlooking the river, this restaurant is also Kompong Thom's most adventurous. Unique concoctions featuring Kampot pepper, water buffalo and stir-fried eel appear on the menu of Khmer classics, which come in generous portions.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Cafe Eden

    This American-run social enterprise offers a relaxed space for a hearty breakfast or an afternoon coffee. The compact lunch-and-dinner menu is Asian-fusion style, with burgers, Tex-Mex tastings, some of the best fries in town and superior jam-jar shakes, all amid blissful air-con. At the back, its boutique sells a small range of clothing and crafts.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Cafe HOC

    This social enterprise has an inviting photographic menu with a compact list of Khmer and Japanese favourites, but it's best known for its all-you-can-eat Western/Khmer breakfast for just US$3. Wicker furniture and a wall-mounted chalkboard specials menu liven up the somewhat underwhelming space on a busy street corner. The cafe supports Hope of Children, a local orphanage.

  • Restaurants in Preah Vihear Province

    Ly Hout Coffee

    This coffee shop is straight out of Phnom Penh with air-conditioning, wi-fi and a sophisticated steaming and spluttering coffee machine. Fresh French pastries are available, and the cafe shares the menu of the cavernous and somewhat soulless Ly Hout Restaurant next door, meaning everything from noodle soups to fried rice and more exotic options to boot.

  • Restaurants in Kompong Thom Province

    Third Place Coffee

    Quite literally the third coffee place to open in town, it serves Boncafe-brewed coffee in any style you can imagine and some you cannot. The menu is a mix of breakfast favourites like noodle soup and grilled meats, plus a smattering of Western offerings. The air-con is merciful on a hot day, and bathrooms are among the best in town.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    About the World

    Travellers love this cosy spot for its relaxed ambience and tasty vegetarian options, including the recommended Spanish omelette and tofu burger. Those who sit indoors, where art and photography festoon the walls, do so barefoot and perched atop floor pillows. The home-brewed jackfruit rice wine (US$1) is deliciously potent.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Green Mango Café & Bakery

    Much more than just a bakery, Green Mango serves salads, sandwiches and delicious appetisers like hummus and black-bean nachos to complement its coffee and tea list. It has crisp air-con and wi-fi for those looking to hang out awhile. It's a social enterprise, too, helping poor women from the countryside find work.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Kinyei

    Besides having the best coffee in town (national barista champs have been crowned here), teensy-weensy Kinyei does surprisingly good Mexican food, vegie burgers, energy salads and some of the best breakfasts in town. Aussies will appreciate the long blacks and flat whites among the coffee selection.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Garage Sandwich Bar

    So this is a curious combination of bike-repair shop and bakery, but it works thanks to freshly baked bread and some of the best-value sandwiches in Cambodia. Choose anything from meatballs to cheese and pack a picnic for a motorbike adventure in the countryside. No rentals available, only repairs.

  • Restaurants in Preah Vihear Province

    Apsara Restaurant

    Up a grand staircase at Preah Vihear Boutique Hotel, this atmospheric, open-air restaurant offers striking views of surrounding greenery and the hotel pool, along with tasty Khmer cuisine. The amok chicken and fish dishes, which arrive in a bath of coconut curry, are sensational.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Choco l'art Café

    Run with gusto by local painter Ke and his partner, Soline, this inviting gallery-cafe sees foreigners and locals alike gather to drink and eat Soline's wonderful bread, pastries and breakfast crêpes. Occasional open-mic nights, live painting sessions and musical performances.

  • Restaurants in Preah Vihear Province

    Phnom Tbaeng Restaurant

    This huge glass-fronted restaurant is one of the few places in town with an English menu. Dishes include prawn soup, tom yam (a hot-and-sour Thai soup), noodle soups and steamed fish, as well as more adventurous options such as fried eel and pig's intestines.

  • Restaurants in Kompong Thom Province

    Love Cafe & Pizza

    If you're in the mood for comfort food, this bamboo-walled place is a real gem. The big menu of pizzas and burgers is a winner, including some Tex-Mex moments, as is its fantastic selection of ice cream. The menu also includes some Cambodian favourites.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Creperie Battambang

    Sample some delicious savoury French crêpes at this hole-in-the-wall eatery. These are Breton-style buckwheat flour pancakes and are gluten free and stuffed with goodies like cured ham and goat cheese. Sweet crêpes are also available for dessert.

  • Restaurants in Battambang

    Flavors of India

    This Battambang outpost of a popular Phnom Penh Indian restaurant opened after some curry-craving expats ordered takeaway all the way from the capital (290km to the southeast). Opt for the thalis (US$6 to US$8) for an excellent-value meal.

  • Restaurants in Poipet

    Destiny Cafe

    A fine place to hang out if you have some time to kill, with tasty Khmer and Western eats, good coffee and friendly staff. It supports an array of community projects in the local area. It's a five-minute walk southeast of Canadia Bank.