Fox Wine Bistro

The Bar

Fox is the latest offering by the entrepreneurs who brought Brown to Phnom Penh, and it has a lot of the same things going for it: well-trained staff, great interior spaces, and a mission to make Cambodian clientele feel at home in a typically Western setting. If you go, go at night; take friends or a date, enjoy the wine and the buzz of conversations in Khmer and western languages, and be open to some interesting Asian spins on the kind of dishes you find at Deco or Topaz.

Indoor/Outdoor Seating

But OK, because we were taking photographs, Bryse, Anna, Peter and I went in the middle of the day one Saturday. It was kind of empty, and we didn’t have any wine, so we basically opted out of two of Fox’s top selling points. We also didn’t order any of the over $10 options on the menu. With those caveats, here are our thoughts on some of the dishes as we experienced them in the harsh, sober light of day.

Burger

Fox serves a great-looking “burger”; well-toasted bun (complete with subtle “Fox” bun brand), sloppy egg on top, and with a decent side of wilted greens for a dash of healthiness. However, look under the hood and you’ll discover that this is not a standard ground beef patty, but rather, a small pile of saucy beef cubes. If I had ulterior motives, I could spin this as a groundbreaking Asian fusion burger, but to be honest, it was a little weird and disappointing, particularly compared to other Nyam Penh burger adventures. Also, where are the fries? For $6.50 or less, you can get way better, more traditional burgerage in Phnom Penh.

Mini Burgers

The mini-burgers look adorable and taste pretty good. Unlike the regular sized burger, these have more traditional patty structure and texture. Alas, the truly delightful burger physics of juicy-centeredness and outer-crustiness are rarely found at this quantum level, and even as mini burgers go, these didn’t have that much meat. But Fox mini burgers, how can I look at Anna’s picture of your tiny Fox buns and write you off as not worthwhile? At $5-$6, they are not a bad choice for an appetizer.

Whatever Roswell Ordered

The chicken has a very Western presentation, and yet the flavors are all Khmer. The sauce reminded us of amok, with delicious notes of lemongrass. I could have used some rice, though; like with the “burger,” it seemed conspicuously carb deficient. It was particularly odd that it didn’t come with rice, since, according to the waitress, this is a dish designed for Cambodian diners who aren’t in the mood for our exotically ethnic food (“they say it is too bland,” she explained) and prefer something they’re used to. To a Westerner, on the other hand, it is a very intriguing take on a gourmet chicken dish. A little steep at $8, but worth a try.

Fox Bistro Anna Clare Spelman-8

This is the goat cheese beet root salad with strawberries and walnuts. Unfortunately, there are only two slices of strawberries, very few beet roots, and not a lot of goat cheese — and the goat cheese, unfortunately, doesn’t have that crumble to its creaminess that usually makes goat cheese worthwhile, it was closer to standard cream cheese in blandness and texture. In addition to the vinagrette on the side, the salad leaves came already dressed in oil, making the whole thing unexpectedly greasy.

For the above dishes, we stuck with the under-$10 options. Our waitress, who was very helpful and well-spoken, noted that the more expensive dishes (Australian rib-eye; lamb; etc) were the most popular, and I would spring for those next time I go back. And I will go back. Like I said at the top, it’s a good scene at night, and it’s nice to have a Western restaurant that really feels like it has grown up in the new, cosmopolitan Cambodia.

-Roswell

-photos by Anna.

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Dirty Burger Marathon

USA Donut

USA Donut

Things slow down a bit for the Tet holiday in Vietnam and most expatriates tend to leave the country. So when I came to Cambodia for a bit of holiday and for a photo job, Bryse suggested that we should go nyam some places. Not one to shirk the idea of grubbing some food, I said yes but with a catch. I wanted to try to accomplish at least 4 places in the city in one night. However, we couldn’t go to a proper restaurant as that would just take forever. So we had to go a bit dirty and in true nyam penh fashion, it revolved around burgers.

What’s a dirty burger? It’s not quite fast food and not quite gourmet. Kinda in the middle price point of around $3 – $5.

So Bryse rustled up the troops, in the form of Roswell and Dene and off we went.

The first burger we tried was at USA Donuts. The cafe / convenience store lives up to it’s name with it’s very american style donuts and random items from the States.

We ordered a couple of burgers to start. A run of the mill cheeseburger with fries ($3.00) and a bacon cheeseburger with onion rings ($5.25). Both burgers were decent not great. Meat was a bit dry as both patties were cooked grey and the cheese wasn’t a slice but rather cheese sauce. However, I would definitely come back for the breaded onion rings. You don’t get alot of them but they are gargantuan in size. The breading was crisp and was salted perfectly. Just enough to balance the sweetness of the onions.

USA Donuts: 2.5 nyamies (The extra .5 goes to the onion rings)

Rocket Burger

Rocket Burger

Next up was Rocket Burger. Set near the Australian Embassy, I was a bit dubious about the place as it was a bit out of the way and looked quite sad when we entered. But they made a decent cheeseburger which made up for the depressing digs. Their bacon cheeseburger ($3.00) was great and the patty was actually cooked medium which made it juicy. And check out out the perfectly grilled onion! They could tone down the tartar sauce (yeah, I know) but this was a definite surprise.

Rocket Burger: 3 nyamies

Garage

Garage

We have a complicated relationship with Garage. Bryse and I have eaten there several times and feel that their burgers are some of the best in town. However, whenever we decide to officially nyam the place, the food falls just a bit flat. Sadly, when it came to the sous-vide burger, it happened again.

Overcooked and crumbly, the patty does injustice to a very well thought out burger. It is a very beefy burger though and you can definitely taste that it is high quality meat. For a look at what the burger would taste like when properly cooked, head to the link (http://www.gopowerkick.com/4006/the-garage-phnom-penh)

soex

sous-vide

However, their smash burger was freaking awesome. How awesome was it? Well, I didn’t have a chance to take a photo of it as it was scarfed down before my trusty Nokia 102o could get to camera mode (seriously Nokia, can we work on that please???). The patty was crusty yet was at a medium temp. It came topped with cheese, arugula, caramelized onions and sriracha mayo. It was a perfect smashburger. And cheap at $3.25!

Bryse has a thing for cubanos and he ordered one, which kinda put everyone over the edge. It was good. However, plating could use a bit of help. One word: ramekins.

Garage: 3 (2 for the sous-vide, 4 for the smash)

We weren’t able to make it to our 4th venue as we were stuffed to the gills. Sadly, it will have to wait for next time.

- Vinh
USA Donut

USA Donut

This was my first outing with the Nyam crew, though I’ve been a close follower of their blog for years now. I was very pleased to be asked along because 1) I love food blogs, and 2) I love burgers, dirty or otherwise.

Our first burger at USA Donuts was actually pretty good to me, but maybe it’s because I had low expectations. Their cheese was sort of a nacho/velveeta cheese-like texture, which could be off-putting to some people, but I thought it was pretty tasteful when smashed with the patty. Their onion rings were bomb — crispy and huge — though perhaps what was the best part about USA Donuts is that they had Fat Tire beers by the bottle. I love non-Cambodian beers (They give me diarrhea, bleh).

Rocket Burger

Rocket Burger

The exterior decor of Rocket Burger is fashioned after Johnny Rockets in the US… but the interior makes for a pretty lonely-looking place, with a bar in one corner and a children’s play area in the other. It was empty, save us — I think the wait staff was thrilled to see us. Their burgers were pretty good — better than I expected, really.

At this point, as I’m writing this, I’m wondering if both USA Donuts and Rocket Burger benefited from my low expectations. Because the next place we went to, Garage, was where we had really high expectations.

Rocket Burger

Rocket Burger

Now, I’m a simple girl when it comes to burgers — I like them big, greasy and cheesy. I’m not too into fancy seasonings or like… special techniques when I am looking for my ideal burger — Vinh had been going on and on about sous-vide all night. Just give me a good flame-grilled patty, bread that’s fresh, and cheese, and I’m good!

Expectations or not, I’m sad to say that their sous-vide burger was disappointingly dry. Their smash burger was good, but that random bit of vegetation in it really weirded me out. I disagreed with Vinh on it being arugula… I think it was something like cilantro. Alas, the best part about Garage was the cubano that Bryse ordered. I love Cuban sandwiches. You know what Garage does super well? Cuban Ruebens! Those are my favorite things on the menu, though they can be a little bit pricey.

If I had to rank the burgers, I would probably rank the Rocket Burger one first, USA Donut second, Smash Burger third, and Fancy Sous-Vide Burger fourth. All in all, lots of burgers and beers were consumed, so what more could a girl ask for? Being someone who LOVES talking about food (I’m Singaporean) I really enjoyed the non-stop food debates that was happening.

- Dene

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Digby’s Butchery

Best burger in town

Best burger in town

Big news in Phnom Penh! Digby’s is serving the new king of burgers (despite the fact that there is now a Burger King at the airport). Digby’s is a really well done, Dean & DeLuca knock off that has opened up in the past six months and it is by far the best burger I’ve had in Phnom Penh. Great beef patty, bacon, cheddar, secret sauce on a sesame bun. Not cheap but really tasty. Being still new, it looks like the Digby’s Chef is still working out the exact recipe; I’ve been twice and the burger was a bit different each time but great both times.

Meat platter

Meat platter

I haven’t tried many of the other menu items in the cafe but I’ve bought a few sausages to cook at home and everything has been awesome.

classy Mountain Dew

Classy Mountain Dew available

The historic go-to butchery in Phnom Penh has been Dan’s Meat which is a no-frills shop with a decent assortment of sausages and meats. Digby’s leapfrogged Dan’s and has about 3x as much sausage available, meats, cheeses, a fancy grocery store and a cafe which great food.

The exterior of the building is very dark and uninviting but the interior design was really well done with attention to detail. There are still reminders that we are in Cambodia (see Mountain Dew in the fancy beverage section). But if you haven’t been, definitely check it out.

4.5 out of 5 nyamies
- Bryse

pulled pork

Pulled pork

My interest in Digby’s was first piqued when it was just a butchery operating out of BKK1, and rumors swirled that they offered varieties of sausages in the double-digits. But it wasn’t until they began offering this vast assortment of meat treats cooked on-site at their Digby’s Café that I actually tried out their wares for myself. In addition to sausages, the café serves a variety of Americana-style sandwiches and a burger that some say is the best in town.

Walking into Digby’s is astonishingly like walking into a fancy grocer in NYC. From the gleaming white subway tiles, to the industrial-chic lighting, to the inevitable sticker-shock, Digby’s definitely evokes nostalgia for those who have spent time in the Big Apple. It’s a beautifully well-done space, but I do wish their milk was a bit more reasonably priced. That said, their café menu is more mid-range in cost and quite excellent when you consider the quality of meat you are served.

burger

Portrait of a burger

So how about taste? This trip to Digby’s was a mixed bag for me. I steered wrong from the beginning, ordering the pulled pork sandwich. While the pork was amazingly tender, I had a hard time tasting it as it was drowning in sauce that was at least 50% Liquid Smoke. Kind of like eating a campfire… My expectations were high for the burger and it was quite good, though there are a few other Phnom Penh burgers higher on my list. The patty was delicious, bacon cooked to perfection and the bun was delightful. However, the burger had that same mystery smoke sauce. Another diner ordered the meat platter, which was visually gorgeous and piled high with charcuterie, fluffed greens and chunks of bread n’ butter. But the show-stopper was the cheesecake. Ordered as an after-thought and only after strong encouragement from the only sweet-tooth in our bunch, it was the best cheesecake, perhaps best dessert, I’ve had in Phnom Penh. So good it deserved a GIF!

Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Overall, I’d recommend checking out Digby’s for a meal, perhaps ask for the smoke sauce on the side. You can also select one of the 12+ sausages and they’ll grill it up then and there, served with baguette and mesclun, for about $2, which makes for a great lunch. And definitely pick up a couple of sausages and bottles of Sierra Nevada to take-home.

3.5 out of 5 nyamies

- Alissa

Digby’s Butchery

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Rice & Pork Breakfast

Pork & Rice Shop

Rice & Pork Shop

On the corner of streets 136 and 13 there is a typical Cambodian grilled pork and rice breakfast restaurant. The reason we decided to check out this restaurant, which is apparently called “126″, is because there were reports that they had the best rice and pork in Phnom Penh. For a bit of background on breakfast rice and pork, or bai sach chrouk, check out this Phnomenon post from a few years back.

pork and rice

pork and rice

First of all, Cambodian pork and rice isn’t my favorite breakfast. It’s not bad but definitely not exciting. It’s a relatively safe order when out in the field but I’ve never had a craving. But after hearing that this was the best in town, I was excited. Vinh and I had checked out the well known Sovana BBQ restaurant for breakfast a couple of years ago and their pork was solid but it has been a while since I had really good pork and rice.

Unfortunately, with the build up, it was a let down. Decent rice and pork but nothing that made it stand out from any other restaurant in Phnom Penh or out in the Provinces. It’s really just rice and grilled pork. Not particularly amazing pork, no special sauce, Cambodian white rice; that’s it.

coffee

coffee

The coffee wasn’t bad, strong and sweetened with condensed milk, and the place was packed so there was high turnover on the grill which is good. However, the soup was basically just liquefied msg and had a weird fishy flavor. Overall, it’s not a bad place to bring an out of town guest for an experience but I’m in no rush to go back.

2 out of 5 nyamies

- Bryse

the grill

the grill

I am not a morning person, but if there is one thing that consistently causes me to peel my eyes open and get out of bed before 8AM on weekdays, it is food. Cambodia is well-suited for those with raging early-morning hunger pangs, as it offers a particularly hearty breakfast dish – bai sach chrouk (rice and grilled pork). Despite two years in Phnom Penh, I had yet to try the dish. Having heard a strong recommendation, claiming ‘Restaurant 126’ to serve some of the best in town, we decided to see if it was worth the 7AM wake up call.

up close

up close

While my taste buds may have been over stimulated by the adrenaline of trying a new dish and disoriented by the early hour, I thought the pork and rice was pretty tasty. The pork was sweet, flavorful and grilled to perfection; reminded me of eating a thick slab of bacon with maple syrup…Hard to go wrong there. The counterpart to this dish was basic, pretty mediocre, white rice, but it served its purpose as a blank canvas for the pork.

sides

sides

Along with the pork and rice, diners receive a small bowl of broth and a dish of pickled vegetables. The broth was also nothing to write home about, salty and hot, but a nice contrast to the sweet pork, as well as adding another flavor option for the rice. The pickled vegetables were a showstopper though; carrots, cucumbers, and jicama all mildly pickled with a sweet tang and light crunch. I could have eaten everyone’s serving. We all accompanied our breakfasts with hot coffee. Though tiny in size, it packed a strong, intensely sweet punch, thanks to a generous dose of condensed milk and that characteristic chocolate-y flavor of Cambodian coffee.

While I don’t think I’ll make ‘Restaurant 126’ a regular morning routine, it was fun to wake up early and share my first meal of the day with a crowd. And I wasn’t hungry again until mid-afternoon.

3 out of 5 nyamies

- Alissa

126 Restaurant
Corner of Streets 136 and 13
Close to river side

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ToTo Ramen

Look at the lovely interior design...

Look at the lovely interior design…

Justin and I recently went and checked out the new ToTo addition: ToTo Ramen. Apparently ToTo is expanding their ice cream store to create a mini empire including ToTo Ramen and soon ToTo BBQ upstairs. Personally, I’m not a big ice cream person but people that do like ice cream really like ToTo so I’m was excited to try their ramen.

Seemingly full of lunching mums with kids in tow...

Seemingly full of lunching mums with kids in tow…

The shop was beautifully renovated and the ToTo Ramen logo looks like some weird Japanese manga storm of noodles which is pretty awesome. Having recently opened, the staff was a bit painfully under-trained but the manager was apologetic and promised things would improve.

Ramen dish #1 ???

Miso Ramen

I went for the go-to miso ramen and received this bowl. I had never really thought about it before seeing this bowl but ramen is typically served with a bit of presentation showing a mix of  meat, veggies, and noodles like when we went to Bekkan Ramen. This presentation was attempted at ToTo but not quite as appetizing. As for taste, the broth was not bad but the noodles were nothing exciting. And it’s not cheap. They did give a 10% discount because they had just opened but then I noticed they slapped a 10% service charge on the bill which is kind of a joke. Maybe things will improve as they get the staff trained but I’m in no rush to return.

1.5 out of 5 nyamies
- Bryse

Great signage and branding, shame about the food....

Great signage and branding, shame about the food….

I’ve never really been into the whole ramen thing, not out of any dislike or anything, just naivety and lack of opportunity. So seeing a new place open up, and bill itself as a specialist in it, I was definitely interested in giving it a shot. Given that ToTo has been successful thus far in their food-empire building, I assumed it would be a good introduction. They certainly have spared few expenses in the design and branding of the shop, inside and out it looks the part of a trendy lunch spot.

Volcano Meat Ramen... What's volcano meat? I don't know but there was hardly any in the bowl anyways...

Volcano Meat Ramen… What’s volcano meat? I don’t know but there was hardly any in the bowl anyways…

Their picture based menu depicts all sorts of good looking dishes but I opted for the Volcano Meat Ramen mainly based on the name. I like volcanoes, I like meat, what could go wrong? It wasn’t so much bad as just not terribly appealing. It was also pretty short on the promised volcano of protein. Indeed the only volcano-esque element was the oily, brown splodge floating at one side of the bowl, lingering evidence of the small portion of now submersed meat (pork? beef? chicken? who knows). The noodles were ok, nothing special.

To be fair, they had only been open for a little while when we went but it wasn’t much for a first impression. For $7.50 there are quite a few places around Phnom Penh where you can get a great bowl of noodles and soup. Actually, for $7.50 you can get several bowls at many of those places and still have some change. I think I’ll keep doing that.

1/5

- Justin

ToTo Ramen
Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh

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Piccola Italia Da Luigi

Piccola Italia, view from outside.

Al fresco dining.

Okay, everyone likes pizza. Well almost everyone aside from a few oddballs… So when there’s a new entrant into the Phnom Penh pizza scene they’re going to face a fair bit of scrutiny given the already solid list of pizzerias in town. Luckily Luigi’s, or more properly, Piccola Italia Da Luigi, is making a strong opening both with their pizzas and their deli counter.

Selection of antipasti.

Antipasti? Yes please!

The antipasti we started with were all great in my opinion. The selection of marinated artichoke, marinated aubergine, olives and stuffed peppers were a great way to start the meal with friends and went perfectly with the fresh bread provided. You can choose what you want from the deli counter and the prices range from $2.20 – $4.00 per 100 grams. We didn’t have chance to try on this occasion but they also have a selection of cured meats, fresh ricotta cheese, pesto, further antipasti and arancini.

Pizza with sausage, tomatoes, cheese, olives

Sausage, tomatoes, cheese, olives

The pizzas were above average. Thin and crispy crust, quality toppings and of generous proportions, they ticked all the boxes for what a decent pizza should be. My favourite was the sausage pizza, the name of which now escapes me but I will probably order it again. The supposedly extra spicy pizza was tasty but the ‘spicy’ tomato sauce wasn’t very punchy. This was however, easily rectified by the addition of some of their excellent chili oil. Though I’m still not entirely convinced of the merits of a seafood pizza, this one was actually pretty good and I was happy to do my part in finishing it off.

All in all Luigi’s is a solid contender for best pizza place in Phnom Penh. The excellent food coupled with the al fresco experience in a quiet lane off Norodom make for a great choice.

Justin – 4/5 nyamies

The spicy one, olives, peppers, pepperoni?, chili..

The spicy one, olives, peppers, pepperoni?, chili, tomato sauce

There’s a new pizza joint in town: Piccola Italia da Luigi, or simply Luigi’s. Who is Luigi? This remains unclear, and while rumors circulate as to where his Mediterranean roots originate, the man serves up some tasty pizza pies.

My first encounter with Luigi’s was through some take-away pizzas, which while tasty, don’t really compare to eating one fresh from the oven. I enjoy Luigi’s pizza, but I think I am equally enamored with the ambiance. Located down a little alley, with light from the restaurant spilling onto the otherwise darkened street, and cozy small tables set up street-side, I can’t help but think of that infamous date scene in Lady and the Tramp. You know what I’m talking about.

Seafood pizza

Olives, tomato, squid, other stuff?

Ok, Disney paramours aside, I encourage you to visit Luigi’s for the food. This trip introduced me to the array of antipasti available. My favorites included the olives, hinted with fennel, and the tangy marinated artichokes. Order a loaf of fresh bread, a chilled glass of the house red, and dive in. Also on the menu are risotto balls, which while at a higher price point ($3 each), are intriguing. We missed trying them this trip, but this conveniently gives me an excuse to go back.

We split 3 pizzas: italian sausage with olives, seafood, and spicy pepperoni. The pizzas are large (we were four hungry folks and had leftovers) and the prices are comparatively reasonable ($7+ per pizza). With a list of over 15 styles of pizza, choosing was difficult, but we were not disappointed with our selections. The sausage and spicy pepperoni were both fantastic, but I was most taken with the seafood pizza. Both the shrimp and squid were tender, not chewy and perfectly seasoned. Though sauce-less, a generous drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of chili perfectly matched the seafood.

Big pizzas

They’re big. And delicious. You should eat one.

Stuffing ourselves silly on antipasti and pizza, we skipped out on dessert. In contrast to their extensive pizza menu, Luigi only dishes up one post-dinner sweet: tiramisu. From a previous visit I know that, while not entirely traditional in presentation, the tiramisu is divine.

Compared to all the pizza options in Phnom Penh, I would place Luigi’s at the top of my list. The ingredients are superb, and the sauce is delicious. While the crust is wood-fired to perfection, I think there is something missing… It might be salt. However, pizza is a personal thing and so I respect the decisions Luigi made in his recipe. Overall, Luigi’s is a win in my books.

Alissa - 4/5 nyamies

Piccola Italia Da Luigi
Address: M36Eo Street 308 (small street next to Malis restaurant), Phnom Penh
Tel: 017 323 273
Email: luigisavarino@gmail.com
11.30am – 10pm (closed Mondays)

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Osaka Ya

So it’s been over 8 months since I have moved to the homeland and a couple things have happened.
I have started a blog here and it is going pretty well. I have also discovered that I can actually write something other than food stuff! So I am now a writer here when I am not taking photos around Vietnam. But it has been a while since I have been to Phnom Penh so when a 5 day holiday came up, I took the opportunity to head back to the old stomping grounds.
I let Bryse know so I can see what’s new in Phnom Penh and he suggested we head off to a new Japanese place on the riverside. He also asked if I wanted to Nyam this. Why not I said!
grilling at Osaka Ya

grilling at Osaka Ya

Osaka Ya is a pretty simple restaurant in terms of decor. When I walked in, I noticed Lina and was glad to see that Bryse invited her! So we had a bit of a catch up and let the waiter know that we will call him when we were ready. Bryse arrived a few minutes later and we started perusing the menu. Typical of Japanese restaurants in Phnom Penh, there was ngiri rolls, rice bowls and set lunches. Lina asked what was in the Japanese lunch set and the waiter replied ” Rice and food”.
Seriously….
Bryse and I went asian style and shared a few dishes and Lina threw caution to the wind and ordered the Japanese lunch set.
Yakatori

Yakatori

We started out with some yakitori. Chicken to be precise. They were really good. The chicken was tender and had a great sweet-spicy marinade. We also ordered some chicken wings which had the same marinade. Dusted those off with no problems.
We had to wait a bit for our mains even though there was just one more table in the restaurant. Maybe it’s due to me getting used to Vietnam’s one hour lunches (Oh Cambodia, how I miss you for the two hour lunches) but I was seriously wondering where our food was.  From what seemed like an eternity but was actually only 10 minutes, we got the rest of our mains.
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okonomiyaki

We ordered an okonomiyaki and a oyakodon bowl. The okonomiyaki was a gut busting disc of goodness. Potatoes, cabbage, pork belly and octopus were fried on a griddle then covered in a pancake like batter. Mayonnaise and okonomi sauce was drizzled on top and a heap of bonito flakes. Despite the fact that the oyakodon bowl looked like one of the chefs puked onto the rice, I gave it a go and found that it was fantastic! Tons of chicken and egg covered a gigantic bowl of seasoned rice. 

It was about this time that Lina got her rice and food lunch set. The food consisted of a grilled fish fillet, steamed pumpkin, some pickled cucumber and a small bowl of rice.

I had a taste of the fish and it was pretty delicious. Each of us also received a small bowl of clam soup which was pretty tasty. Prices weren’t that bad and though we got some tasty food, I don’t think I would go back as the service was something to be desired.

 2.5 out of 5 nyamies
 - Vinh
food

food (Japanese lunch set)

I had tried Osaka Ya a few months back, pretty soon after they opened, and they were still working through some kinks with the staff and the power cutting out every 10 minutes. But the restaurant owner was really nice and the food wasn’t bad so I wanted to give them another shot.  When we arrived, the owner wasn’t there and the staff was definitely struggling. When Lina asked what was included in the Japanese lunch set the response was “… food.” Not incorrect, but not too helpful. I felt a bit bad for the guys waiting on us. They were really trying but were clearly in over their heads without the Owner. 
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oyakodon bowl

Despite these issues, we were able to get our order in and soon after the Owner arrived to help put together our lunch. The yakitori arrived first and the first thing that arrives always seems to taste the best but these things were pretty amazing. Lina had said that this is what Osaka Ya was known for and it’s well deserved. Really nice mix of chicken meat with cartilage. My favorite dish of the meal.
wings

wings

The wings came next and I was expecting the same really delicious sauce as the yakatori but they were a bit different and not quite as good. The oyakodon bowl was really good. As Vinh mentioned, not the most appetizing looking dish but it was a great mix of eggs and chicken piled on Japanese rice. Okonomiyaki isn’t my favorite dish but this one was actually pretty good. But this may be because they placed the dish in front of a fan which blew most of the bonito flakes off of the pancake and all over our table. Overall, Osaka Ya is not bad but not the best Japanese place in Phnom Penh. I would recommend checking it out for a few yakitori skewers and their “Happy Time” beer special.
3 out of 5 nyamies
 - Bryse
Osaka Ya
River Side close to Street 130

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