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Phnom Penh Restaurant

244 E Georgia St
Vancouver, BC V6A1Z7
Tel: (604) 682-5777
Neighbourhood: East Side

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Never disappoints
By foodluva of Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 2:15am [Dine in]

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!

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Good Place
By si123 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 11:58pm [Dine in]

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!

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always good food...
By bumblebee7 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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Beware of the chicken wing scam!
By Wing_Commander of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 10:30am [Dine in]

There were 6 of us, and for appetizer we ordered the 18 piece chicken wing (highly overrated) platter. When the wings came, in the middle of our meal, we found that the platter consisted of 6 drummettes, 6 wings and 6 wing tips (the worthless bit that sticks out at the end of wings). They are actually passing off wing tips as chicken wings!!

So if you order the 18 piece platter, know that you will be getting 12 actual pieces of chicken wings.

We also had the lemon grass chicken, the luc lac beef and fried rice - which were decent enough, but nothing special and definitely not worth going into one of the sketchiest parts of town, standing in line and then being crammed into an overcrowded, loud and suffocating restaurant.

I am done with this place.

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Amazing food
By marspball of Coquitlam (38 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 11:28am [Dine in]

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)
-Butter beef
-House special fried rice
-Egg noodles
-Oyster omellette
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.

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Here's the beef!
By Von_Delroy of New Westminster (31 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 7, 2007 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

Due to the outstanding reviews, we decided to try this place when some of our family members were visiting from out of town.

We went around 1pm on a Saturday, and the place was absolutely packed to the brim, with around 10 people already waiting. Considering that, we waited 20 minutes for a table for 5, which wasn't too bad.

We ordered the famous chicken wings, the luc lac beef, lemongrass chicken, beef with noodles, shrimp fried rice and the fried pomfret. It was a little hard for us to order because some people in our party didn't eat pork, and almost everything on the menu had some form of pork in it.

The luc lac beef was phenomenal! It was so tender and juicy, and had a delicious flavour that we had not previously encountered in any other dish. We were still raving about it long after we left.

The lemongrass chicken was delicious, with a nice charcoal-grilled flavour. Everything else was good, but the beef was really the star and kind of outshone everything else.

As for the famous chicken wings that everyone here seems to adore... Well. These ones were hot and crispy, but absolutely chock-full of MSG. We usually love chicken wings cooked in any style, but these were not our cup of tea.

The service was pretty non-existant. The servers looked tired and there were far too few of them to handle the overflowing restaurant. We asked for water refills and napkins from our waitress several times with no results. Finally the bus boy helped us out at the end of the meal.

As for the ambiance, you could barely hear yourself think, much less hear the person across the table say anything. It was just that loud. The decor leaves much to be desired, but this place is really all about the food so that's not really a problem.

Despite it's flaws, this is a good restaurant and definitely worth a try. We'll be back!

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just gotta love it
By bigfatty of East Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

the food here is AWESOME. my favourite is the chicken wings. although it gets TOO busy TOO crowded or TOO loud. the food is worth it. i recommend take out. faster easier and you can eat without having ppl rush you.

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soooooooo goooooood
By Blondie of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here for years and the food is incredible. If you come during prime dining hours, be prepared to wait 20-30 minutes. The butter beef is outstanding as it is a favourite by many. Filet beef on rice with the egg is my personal favourite. The rest of the menu is long and should be checked out. The shakes are amazing too. Service is good as food is brought out fast even during peak periods.

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A gem located inside Chinatown
By Jremz of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 19, 2007 - 10:29am [Dine in]

This is by far my favorite place to eat in chinatown. The food at Phnom Penh is awesome. When i was first introduced to this place, i was told the chicken wings are to die for and yes they are! Its manditory that you order them and try them! yumm! i also strongly reccomend the beef filets on rice with egg! that is my favorite dish there. Everytime i go to phnom phen its busy so dont be suprised if you have to wait a few mins for a seat.. its worth the wait!

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what the deuce?
By smarven of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 12:26am [Dine in]

bad noodle soup.
ordered the "special" that they have on the sandwich board outside. also had a strawberry moo shake, which was decent at best. the soup smelled great, but was bland and colourless. they may have received a lot of awards for best restaurant, but i know asian food, and this wasn't it. very disappointing.

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very good Asian food !!
By finni of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 10:09pm [Dine in]

We always go to Phnom Penh fornoodle dish and appertiser !!
Always oder > noodle no. 2 with soup on the side. It come with ground pork, shrimps , veggi and homemade sauce. Chicken wings is very crispy, pan fried veggi dumpling is also very good with hoisin sauce and chilli sauce. Lots of good dish over there. The price is inexpensive at all. So overall is worth to go there !!

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yummy durian sticky rice!
By mizthang of west end (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I ate here today for the first time...damn the chicken wings are SOO GOOD! The place was packed for sure and almost every table had wings.

I was in heaven while eating the stinky durian sticky rice =)

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If it's good enough for Anthony Bourdain...
By littlemissupertaster of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Need I say more about the wings than what has already been said? Try the oyster cake, the butter beef, the filet of beef on rice, and anything else on the menu. You can't miss at this place. The Urban Peasant, James Barber, has sited the butter beef as one of the best dishes in the city. I agree. Sometimes I dream about the food at this joint.

The service is effecient, friendly, and no nonsense.

As for the ambience. . .the restaurant is clean and well lit. It's not romantic but I don't care when the food makes me swoon.

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Phnom Penh is solid
By FoodSnob of Kitsilano, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

There is definitely tasty food to be found at Phnom Penh.

I’m a fan of the bun (fresh noodle) dishes – cha gio (spring rolls) and lemongrass beef are great. I’m not such a fan of the soups.

Some of the dishes are a bit more pricey than you might find at other similar restaurants but the serving sizes are big.

After all the hype I tried the chicken wings and I have to admit they were good, if you are into the deep fried kind of stuff.

The moo shakes are also good.

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Disappointing
By geoffbil of new westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 12:23am [Dine in]

We were in search of something unique in Vancouver and, being partial to Asian cuisine - Vietnamese and especially Japanese - decided to give this place a shot.

The wait to get in at 6pm on a Saturday night for us two was approximately 20 minutes, which wasn't bad, and we were seated at the end of a larger table, so we were spared sitting directly beside a noisy group. Unfortunately, the extremely crowded, noisy ambiance was off-putting, as was the lighting. I felt more like I was at work, or perhaps in a soup kitchen, rather than sitting down to enjoy a restaurant dinner. McDonald's offers a more relaxing atmosphere.

The butter beef was far too salty and sweet, though the meat itself was quite tender. The papaya salad was way, way too sweet, and tasted like it was 80% sugar cane juice, though the sweet beef jerky on top was kind of a nice touch. The frog legs, the first I'd tried, were tender, but far too greasy and salty. The highlight of the meal was something that consisted of shrimp paste and pork on a rice patty. It was a tad bland, but pleasant enough with the addition of some chili paste.

In the hope of salvaging some much-needed vegetable nutrition from this sugar- and salt-infested meal, I was in the midst of eating the lettuce from my frog leg plate, when the waitress promptly took the plate and stacked another on top of it. I vocalized my discontent, saying "I suppose they don't expect their customers to actually eat the vegetables," or something to that effect, but got no response. Likely as not, she probably didn't speak English, which would be understandable. If you love sugar and salt, I suppose this is the place for you, though - be warned - pub fare is a detoxifying experience by comparison. As for me, the meal cost a little over $50, which I would love to have back.

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This place never disappoints
By foodie57 of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

I have been coming here for years, and there is always something new on the menu to discover. Most people mentioned the best dishes, lemon garlic squid with dipping sauce, chicken wings and butter beef. The place could do with a refresh of the carpeting and a new coat of paint. Will still come back.

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still consistent
By luigi of richmond (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 7, 2009 - 1:33pm [Dine in]

Returned to the restaurant after a long period. The food is still good.We always have the hot and sour soup with prawns,the crab rolls and any of the crispy dishes,wings or calamari. The place was very busy at Sunday lunch.Food was served unbelieveably fast maybe a little to fast as our table was overcrowded with everything at once. The servers could be a little friendlier.Over all a good experience

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Tasty and Unique
By tango of van (20 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 1:18am [Dine in]

Great food if you're looking for something Asian but different from your standard Thai, Chinese or Japanese fare. Good portions, decent prices.
Recommend: butter beef, lemon-pepper chicken (the best part is the taste of the lemon-pepper marinade to dip the chicken in), hot & sour soup.
Proof that it's good?? Absolutely busy 7 nights a week so best to make reservations :)

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OK...
By Pengdio of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

So it makes you wonder whether there are different dishes for non-Asians because everything...the hot and sour soup...butter beed with cilantro...pork chops, egg with rice (not fried), salad rolls was passable but very, very mild, and I'm not an aggressive spice junkie. The ambiance in places like this is always bad and although the service was criticized in other postings, I didn't find it bad given that it was its usual busy place. I can't say that I'll be back and it seems that it's trading on its rep more than anything. UNderwhelming all around with the tea being a rare highlight. Hot and sour soup was sweet and sour and unique and was the top food choice of the night.

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Many people come here for food
By occdiner of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2007 - 10:04pm [Dine in]

This is a small restaurant. This doesn't have any fancy decor. This is in a rough part of the city. Yet, on a Sunday evening, there is a crowd in the door from 6pm to 8pm. It just tells you the only thing that people willing to wait for their food and service.

Even with a busy restaurant, service is friendly. Tea are refilled.

The chicken wings are still the best and looks like all table ordered that. The fried rice is tasty.

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