But it’s good grease!
Back again to an old haunt for Cambodian/Vietnamese food. We ordered the Beef Meat Ball Noodle soup, BBQ Lemon Grass Pork Chops on rice and the Phnom Penh Deep Fried Chicken Wings. Those are our safe bets and can’t go astray with delicious favorites like these! The beef noodle soup was more than adequate. The pork chops marinated in lemon grass was grilled to perfection and the spicy garlic wings are to be savored.
We finished our meal with some soda and iced Vietnamese coffee and our bill for two with tip and taxes was bargain priced at 34.00 dollars. The service was prompt and the waitresses flashing smiles were genuine “happy” for our return visit!
I’ve tried many other dishes from their menu and would recommend them without hesitation. I’m reluctant to give this away but this is one of my “Exotic Secret” spots.
I have heard so much about this place, but no one ever mentioned the curry chicken served in a hot pot.
The curry is as good as those I grew up eating in South East Asia. My wife even said it is better than my mom's! Downside, it cost almost $12 without rice. Baguette cost another $1.50.
The wings and dry noodles are outstanding as well. The grilled lemongrass chicken and springrolls are decent, but we had better ones at other Vietnamese restaurants.
Service is efficient and ambience is your typical Asian restaurant in Chinatown.
Despite its cost (and msg? I am getting more thirsty by the minute), I will definitely return for the curry, though not too frequently.
Came here after seeing all the reviews. Only got take out, which was a veggie fried rice and a small order of their famous chicken wings. It was a week night, but at least half their tables were filled which is odd, especially with their location. They greeted right when we came in.. and gave us menus.
The service was okay, the lady pointed out things that she could turn into a vegetarian dish for me. My boyfriend tried to convince me to go un-vegetarian for their chicken wings cause they're so good. It smelled amazing though. I got the fried rice and though it's a veggie one, it was still really really good (not just a bland taste like many other restaurants).
The place is really oddly decorated, like they have no idea what they're doing. Though it's a Cambodian and Vietnamese restaurant, everyone seemed to be speaking in Cantonese. Not much of a surprise I guess.
Our order came to about 20 dollars with a tip. I will definitely be back.
It's been a few years since my last visit and I was surprised to find a packed house with people lining out the door. Luckily we made reso's so the wait was minimal. We shared 8 different plates and the one that stood out was definitely the fried chicken wings. Crispy outside and moist inside. The side lemon pepper dip added tang but I don't think it's needed. The pepper squid dish was also very nice and surprisingly tender (not stringy) and sauteed with huge chunks of onions. My least favourite was the spring rolls. Not that they sucked but it's not the type that I enjoy eating. Instead of the rice paper wrap that Vietnamese spring rolls are made with, the Cambodian ones are short, cylindrical, and wrapped with the egg roll wrap then deep fried. I have to stop myself the next time I'm contemplating spring rolls at a Cambodian restaurant.
Service was speedy and curt. We appreciated how quickly food arrived but before we can even gulp down our end-of-meal tea, we were already asked to vacate the table. Granted they were very busy but an extra 2-3 minutes would've been nice. At a western restaurant this would be a major no-no.
In comparison to Chinese cuisine, the value is at par; relative to Vietnamese cuisine, it is much more expensive considering there's a 70% overlap in similar dishes. For example, the set combo's (lemon grass chicken, pork, rice) were in the $11-12 range where you can find comparable combo's for $7-9 at your local pho house. Their green papaya salad ($14.50) was pretty pricey too and not nearly as good as ones found in Thai restaurants.
Ambiance was cramped, noisy, and kind of festive - due to the Olympic fever and Chinese New Year. The walls, tables and chairs seem to be in ok condition. However, the bathroom was another matter. Toilet paper bits lined the carpet on the stairwell leading to the bathroom area. Garbage and used card board boxes haphazardly piled near the back door. Double yuck. How they pass health inspection is beyond me.
Would I come back again? Sure, for the chicken wings only and most likely for take out only.
I love the chicken wings at Phnom Penh, everytime I go its almost a given that every table has a plate of their deep fried chicken wings with lemon and pepper sauce on the side, its soooooo good, the deep fried chicken wings with rock salt and pepper taste is truly amazing! I also like the salad rolls, and beef with vermicelli dish where you mix the carrots and cucumbers with everything and pour fish sauce on top. They make great iced coffee too. Every lunch and dinner is packed, theres a normally a 5-10 min wait, but so worth the wait!
5.75 for a hearty pho-style soup is a sweet deal, if you don't mind waiting 20 minutes for lunch. It's not the kind of place you go out of your way to enjoy the ambiance. Phnom Penh seems to be choking on its success.
I have to agree with previous posters though, the crispy wings are really good. There are little bits of garlic clinging on the wings, having survived their immersion in hot oil (that kind of sounds poetic, Mr. Haiku man). I'm looking forward to being a little more adventurous next time I come here.
We visited this restaurant on Sunday night at about 5pm. We got there just before it got super busy. I was surprised to see how clean the place is.
We ordered some dry mixed noodles with seafood. They accidentally gave us egg noodles instead of rice noodles. The noodles lacked flavour. Next, the lemongrass chicken. Very good. Love the grilled flavour! We also had the chicken wings. They're not what we expected. Yes, they were crispy and hot, but they're full of MSG and super greasy. We must have had three glasses of water while we were there then had to go get a bottle after we left.
We found the servers quite pleasent. They refilled our waters and checked on us regularly.
get the wings!!!
I like the beef soup too. Not too sure what it's called, but it comes with some of the dishes.
I live in the eastside for years and this is probably my favorite spot for Cambodian/Vietnamese. I have brought my friends, family,and associates here...they all said its good stuff! The combinations are an excellent value and one of my favs. My recommendations are shrimp salad rolls, mini Vietnamese spring rolls, prawn supreme on sugar cane, PP spicy garlic squid with a lime pepper dipping sauce (the BEST), hot and sour soup with chicken, bbq lemon grass pork chops and trieu chow fried rice. The service is good to very good depending when...its very busy and the line ups are long during peak hours. The Ambiance...okay. The food is what its all about!!
Living in Burnaby/Vancouver I should frequent this restaurant more often! This is the 2nd visit that I have made to the restaurant and I am sooo glad I did. After a rollerblade session along the seawall I was famished and excited for Phnom Penh!
I wanted to try everything on the menu but my boyfriend (who eats at Phnom Penh all the time) suggested we order three dishes since they are pretty large portions. So we ordered the trieu fried rice, butter beef, and duh....the CHICKEN WINGS!!!!! Fried rice was not anything special but arrived piping hot and smelled so yummy. Chicken wings lived up to the hype and were hot, crispy, and tasty especially with the lemon pepper dip! Now...the BUTTER BEEF!!!! OMG! I seriously love this dish. It combines all my favorite flavours, sour, sweet, and salty. The cilantro/parsley gives it a nice fresh flavour, the beef is soo tender, and the sauce is so tangy...thinking about it makes my mouth water! All in all the service was quite good as it was not too busy but ambiance was lacking. I didn't really care I was too distracted by the food! Yum Yum!! Next time i'm going to try more dishes!!! Totally recommended!!!!
After finishing a clearance show in Abbotsford tonight, I had a craving for some Phnom Penh chicken wings. So, with my sister in tow, we drove from Abbotsford to Chinatown (an hour in traffic!) to get our fix. This restaurant did not disappoint. We ordered a lot of food: (1) the chicken wings (which, by the way, a table behind us was eyeing at, so I gave them one to try out ... needless to say, they ordered their own plate), (2) the prawns (made the same way as the chicken wings), (3) the butter beef and (4&5) TWO plates of filet beef on rice. Needless to say, we enjoyed everything that we ate. It was all so amazing.
This restaurant produces amazing dishes, ones that cannot be found anywhere else in the city - which is probably why they are always busy. It must be that addictive ingredient that they put into their food that gets everybody coming back for more and more. The only downside is the service. We had to ask 3 different servers for our soup that went with our filet beef on rice and nobody came by the ask us how our meal was (even though they asked the table behind us). Maybe they knew that we were enjoying our food so much that they didn't need to ask?
It's no wonder that Urban Rush put this restaurant down as one of their Top 10 Best. It's definitely way up there in my books.
Have been to PP many many times since it was on West Broadway. Just want to drop a quick note to say how consistently good the food is. It is reasonably priced and I feel value is good given the food is awesome. Typical good dishes that we always order: Chicken wings, Squids, Beef with egg rice, butter beef, assorted mix noodle with soup on the side. It is so good that we have to regularly return, esp for the Chicken wings!
I love Phnom Penh... I eat there all the time, usually for a late lunch after the crowd subsides.
My two favourite dishes:
Beef Noodle Soup is outstanding and WAY better than so many normal Pho places. The flavours are so much stronger, and they add sauteed onions on top... sooo good.
The deep friend squid with lemon sauce? Holy crap. Best deep fried squid i've ever had. The batter is so light (not unlike tempura). It's unreal.
I just had to express me love.
I have ONE word to say about Phnom Penh...
EAT THE WINGS!!!
I'm a sucker for rare beef and their butter beef tops my list. This is beef carpaccio with asian flavours. Simply mouth watering. Their dry stir-fried prawns (I think they are called grandma's prawns) are very good too.
Everything that is yummy is also unhealthy.. my fave picks: deepfried wings, deep-fried squid...
Oyster pancakes were gross- and really greasy.. keep in mind that I love fried food :-(
The rice isn't anything special, the frog legs weren't very good, and I found the dry noodle dishes bland....
I tried their 'famous' beef/sashimi dish.. again, nothing to get excited about...
Went here for a family dinner on saturday and ordered the usual fried chicken wings and tried some of the other dishes never tried like the deep fried crab cakes, curry chicken. The crab cakes were ok although didnt taste much crab and the curry chicken was good reminded me of prata mans but had a more sweet coconut flavor. Arrived before the saturday night rush so service was good. This place never seems to disappoint when it comes to the food so highly recommended!
This place is generally packed so its a pretty busy environment! Should always book in advance on weekends or the wait might be a while. Though I think the location could be better, gets kind of creepy at night.
The waiters/ waitresses need to smile more
The food is good, been going with my family ever since I was a kid. Food is still good as ever! Consistent.
Their chicken wings are a must try!
I remember going to the place growing up... it seems to be as good as always. Though a bit on the pricy side, the food is always delicous.. Filet Beef on Rice is still one of the best (can't seem to find this elsewhere), plus their chicken wings and prawn on sugar cane are always top of my to order list.
It's always super busy at lunch time and dinner on the weekends, so make sure you come early.
Like all family style asian restaurants, there's not alot to say about the service or the ambience. Basically you're there to eat, not to be catered to on hands and knees. They basically take your order and serve you, so don't expect too much.
i am very surprised by the mixed reviews on this restaurant. i've been eating at phnom penh for quite a while now and their performance has always been consistent. The food is amazing but you have to what to order. The notable mentions are:
-Hot & Sour soup
-Deep fried chicken wings
-Deep fried crabs (you have to call ahead and order)
-House special fried rice
If you venture away from these recommendations, then you are on your own.
Reservation is a MUST, especially on weekends. Again, not a fine dining restaurant so expect a suitable service and ambiance. Their location is not prime but food is definitely excellent.