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.
try this place out. great long standing estblishment. as mentioned, get the chicken wings. and for a unique dessert try the desserts too. it's Vietnamese with a twist. one the best eats in Chinatown. service is on the slow side and the ambience is only passable. but you are there for the food. there is also the dry noodles(egg noodle or rice noodle) that is mix with a soy sauce base that is something you would find in South East Asian noodle shops. Also got a good selection of exotic asian drinks(all virgin). Juices and syruo based drinks.
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.
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.
Yes, even though I still couldn't differentiate between Viet and Cambodian cuisine after eating here, I thoroughly enjoyed the Chicken Salad. Dinner came to $11 pp (incl tax and tips!), and we even had leftovers. Way more interesting than going to a typical diner.
Order dry noodles with the works. If you happen to be caucasian and enjoy liver make sure you're not a victim of racial profiling and stress beforehand that you actually enjoy it. The chicken wings with lemon pepper dipping sauce, seasoned with garlic and chilis is a perfect side car to share with a buddy. Try the durian sticky rice if you're down with the stinkiest of fruits.
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 work around here and go to this place usually 2 x a month.
My coworker and I always order the #6 noodles and an entree. Have never been disappointed with their dishes.
Highlights are the #6 noodle dish, #56 steamed crepe rolls and the 2 fried rice dishes.
I see lots of people ordering the deep fried prawns, the deep fried chicken wings and the rare beef dish but I'm not a fan of these.
Service is quick and polite. They'll let you know if a dish you order takes a while to prepare.
Restaurant is what you can expect for something in Chinatown and it's a relatively large restaurant.
I would suggest getting there at least 15 minutes before noon if you don't want to line up for a table. There's usually lineups every Friday from 12-1 so if you don't get there earlier, be prepared to wait.
I simply put everything this way: Foods are incredibly outstanding; service is great, clean and well-kept. But the some of the dishes are unreasonably over-priced. For example: A-mok costs 15.50 but comes in small order; Phnompenh style deepfried stuff (chicken, porkchop, squid, etc); well, you can't really tell the difference in sizes but it costs 50% or more for large orders. And, the rare beef plate, well, in San Francisco where living expenses are much higher, the same dish (same size!!!) costs only 7.50 USD, which is about 9.50 CAD but it is 17.70 in this restaurant.
So the owner really needs to think twice and reconsiders the prices...the high prices have drive most of its customer to only either a bow of dried noodle or a rice dish.
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...