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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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Love Phnom Penh
By misosweet of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 12:41am [Dine in]

I love the food. The chicken wings are delicious. The butter beef is my new love. Lychee moo shakes are to die for! One of my favourite dishes is #35, the beef and egg over rice. There's plenty of beef, and is so saucy. I always have leftovers to take home because the portion is so big. Some constructive criticism I could offer is to have entree dishes to arrive all at once, rather than 5 minutes after the other. By the time my dish arrived, everybody else at the table had finished theirs! The food keeps us coming back.

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Same two dishes
By Quality_First of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 6:03pm [Dine in]

Everytime I come here, whether I'm seated right away or whether I have to wait in line for a table, I always see the same two dishes being brought to tables or sitting at tables to be consumed: chicken wings and filet beef on rice.

I've always wanted to try other items on the menu and have sadly wished that I went back for my same two dishes - chicken and filet beef on rice. Why change a good thing? It's that good. You can't find chicken wings like this made anywhere else, so I guess they've got the monopoly on their deep fried chicken wings. I could eat a whole plate to myself if I wasn't too worried about what all that salt, oil and garlic would do to me that evening.

Maybe one time, I should throw in some veggies into the mix - make it a bit more of a balanced meal. I hear the pea tips are pretty good here. Next time!

I'd DEFINITELY take my mom here. She'd love it.

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great chicken wings
By hungryman of Coquitlam (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:30pm [Dine in]

I originally saw the review for the Phnom Penh on this website.
After my first visit to this restaurant, i keep returning for the great chicken wings with the lemon sauce.
The deep fried chicken wings are terrific. They are crispy with a great original taste.

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Heavenly food
By gracie of kitsilano (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 31, 2006 - 3:01pm [Dine in]

oh my god those chicken wings are to die for ( by the way you can order a half order- give you more room to try everything else). Honestly I haven't had anything bad off thier menu. Their dishes are full of flavour, good portion size, well priced.

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Wings!
By Tuzio of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

I have ONE word to say about Phnom Penh...

EAT THE WINGS!!!

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Decent
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 9:26pm [Dine in]

I guess I was expecting to be wowed but ended up being mildly satisfied with no major complaints. The interior relatively clean, service was solid and the food was decent. As the dishes came one by one I dutifully made my way through them, all the while quietly looking forward to the chicken wings with such expectation I could hardly contain myself. Finally the wings were the last to arrive and they were supposed to make the rest of the lunch worth while. Well, they were good. The price makes them especially a good value. They are quite tasty but they have a strange sweetness to them like they added sugar to the coating or something. I’ve had better, namely my moms. I guess she’ll have to teach me how to make them. They have a relatively large menu so I’m willing to go back again to try other dishes but I probably won’t go out of my way anytime soon.

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By lazyhusband of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 1:09am [Dine in]

For the $100 I spent at Kiss Ya Mama, I could have come here, ate like a king, and have money left over for a movie for two and a bubble tea. Where do I start? How about...get the chicken wings!! Everyone in the restaurant orders it so you might as well too. I finally got a chance to try the butter beef, talk about exotic!! If you can stomach eating raw meat, try this dish, it's very unique. There's so many good dishes here - spring rolls, lemongrass chicken, filet beef on rice, list goes on and on. And the sauces at this place, just amazing (hoisin with hot chili oil, fish sauce, pepper sauce for chicken wings).

To all the restaurants that I have given a poor review, I suggest you come here, eat the food, and learn how to run your establishment like this all time Vancouver favorite!!

I LOVE THE PENH!!!

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I just come here for the food.
By Cigar of richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 23, 2010 - 4:47pm [Dine in]

I have been coming back to this place for a number of times already. We are a party of 5 to 7 and usually at the door between 5 to 530pm. WORD of ADVISE: Each time the staff greeted us at the door, the staff always ask: 1. Staff: Do you have reservations? We always respond...we phoned but was told you do not accept reservation. I mean what is the point of asking if no reservations are accepted. 2. Staff: You have to be finish by 1 hour..okey? Just take the table and forget the rest. It's a bluff so that they can rush you out the door so that they can take more customers. We normally stay between 1 to 1.5 hours on weekends or weekdays (depending how fast the food are serve) and we always took our time to eat. The staff did not ask us to leave. This is where I do not appreciate asking customers to rush. You go there to enjoy the food.

Otherwise, the food are always consistent. The food are not cheap but not expensive either.

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Awesome :)
By Vancity7 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 11:35am [Dine in]

I go here and have been going for years (I used to frequent their Broadway location before it closed) whenever I can because it simply is awesome :). The egg noodle or the mixed noodles (number 4 and 6) on the menu are to die for (don't forget to ask for the soup on the side, which sometimes comes with a bone covered with the softest and tastiest meat ever :). The chicken wings are fantastic and the fresh lemon ice and soda and the ice coffees are amazing. The prices are cheap $6-7.50 for the noodles and the service is FAST and competent. The only drawback is that this place is usually so smoking busy that you might find yourself waiting a bit for a table. Sometimes they just ask you to share a round table with others and you should! You will get in faster and really it is not that bothersome. We were a tad hesitant but decided to do it and it really didn't make much of a difference and we had a chat with some really nice people during our meal. :). Can't recommend this place enough. So good, you should go!! :D

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Great food!
By fo0d. of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 28, 2010 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

My friends and I came here for lunch, even with a reservation we waited about 15-20 minutes for our table.

We had their butter beef, chicken wings, squids and a lemon grass dish and all was delisious! I love the food! Although I think it could be a bit less expensive for the portion size.

Servers didn't come around much and when they did they didn't seem very happy.

But overall I was very satisfied :)

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Great Taste, Borderline Hostile Service
By Captain Psychadelic of Vancouver (West End) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 4:40pm [Dine in]

We got there early and were seated right away. Had some beer while we admired the tome-like menus. Impressive selection, but we had our meals planned from what we heard recommended. Wings, garlic squid, and some noodles.

The wings were fantastic! Crispy and flavourful. We didn't really have time to enjoy them since all our food was brought out at the same time, but still. Best wings I've had in a while.

I had some beef stew with noodles, with the word hot beside it - wasn't really spicy to me, but I like my spicy food to hit me like a right hook.

The food was terrific, but either we did something to offend the waitress or she just wasn't in a good mood. I guess she can be that cold when the food she's serving is that good.

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Used to be good but now it just doesn't seem worth it
By sarahtlee of Langley, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

This place used to be one of my favorites and I would frequent it at least once a month. They have recently raised their prices making the price go from expensive to ridiculous. I can't justify the cost anymore. Also, when you order the chicken wings, they give you the tips of the wings and count that as one peice. Very tacky and stingy on their part.

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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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Been coming for over 10 years now...
By peenutbuta of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2009 - 1:01am [Dine in]

A restaurant my family loves going and has been going since I was a child. The food never disappoints.

I always get the usual, dry rice noodle (extra large + fried egg) and it always tastes great. I use to go to the phnom penh on broadway since it's closer but now that it's closed we still make our way down to this location at least once every two weeks.

The service is what you usually get from a typical asian restaurant. Some of the new waitresses can act a little cocky at times and forget orders but since the restaurant is always so busy, I guess that's understandable

The value is great. I can always order my main dish plus a couple others (half order chicken wings + shrimp salad roll) and in the end it would only cost a bit over $12. Now I eat a lot so for a normal customer, I'd say the average would range from about $7-10 dollars.

Ambiance has been pretty much the same, it's nothing special but I always enjoy being in there since it's always crowded with happy people enjoying great food at a great price

This place is a must-try and you will definitely not be disappointed. A restaurant that will forever be in my mind whenever I wanna grab a tasty bite to eat.

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Tasty food
By Beat of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

I ordered the beef on rice with egg and it was delicious. The chicken wings were okay but were not my favorite. My husband ordered the Phnom Pho and he says was good.
The restaurant is clean, the server girl was attentive, she actually suggested what we ordered and those dishes were really popular as I saw many people ordering the same.

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One of my favourite Asian Restaurants
By CreativeMinds of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Phnom Penh since I was 5 or so. And I can still remember the taste of the Hot and Sour soup with Prawns.

I ate there today, and just like always the food was amazing.

Deep fried Crab rolls are something I crave quite often. We also had the Chicken wings, calamari, Salad Rolls, Ribs, Prawns on sugar cane and of course the Soup. Everything was outstanding.

Service was friendly and efficient.

I will be going back very soon.

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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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Overrated.
By msterias of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 28, 2008 - 3:22pm [Dine in]

I visited the restaurant twice before I decided to review. I had the Beef Luc Lac the first time and the beef was smothered in sauce, even though the traditional version has a rather dry exterior. I also ordered the Vietnamese sour soup on both visits, and the soup tastes a like the real thing! However, the shrimp in the soup are not fresh and lack taste. The lemon grass chicken with rice was also ordered both times, and it was just really mediocre compared to other ones I've tried in a vietnamese noodle house.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. The food is only decent, sometimes bordering on poor. The only thing I commend is their menu. It's probably the most diverse menu I have seen in a vietnamese restaurant.

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good food, ok value
By chikachikawow of Yaletown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 24, 2008 - 3:07pm [Dine in]

I've only ordered 4 different dishes from the restaurant
Butter beef: EXCELLENT. rare beef, great sauce.
Lemon pepper garlic squid: similar to most calamari dishes I've had in chinese and other restaurants. At almost $16 for a large that's like 50% lettuce, it's over priced and it's hard to understand why the dish is listed on 100 things to taste before you die (in vancouver).
Beef on rice: a simple, tasty dish. The beef has good flavor, the fried egg is a nice addition.
Chicken wings: tastes good cause of the sauce (same sauce as the squid). But has anyone noticed a quarter to half of what you get is just the meatless wing tips? Disappointing.

Now the lemon pepper sauce served with the squid and wings is good but when I was a kid, my mom and grandma made the same sauce. It tastes the same anyway and if it's made the same the lemon comes from the green bottle, not fresh squeezed.

The place gets busy, the food is good, but the prices for some of the dishes are a bit high..or maybe a lot high. Guess it depends on how many wings with meat on it you actually get on a given day.

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Great food in a hole in a wall
By ganache of burnaby (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

Have been frequenting this restaurant for years. We have always ordered the same dishes and have never been disappointed. The must haves are the fried chicken wings and the sliced tender beef served with a fried egg on rice. You will not go wrong with either of this dishes. Try getting there before 6:00 pm for dinner as there can be a line up during peak dinner hours. We are looking forward to enjoying this hidden gem for years to come.

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