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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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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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Best chicken wings
By little_dumpling of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 12, 2008 - 5:22pm [Dine in]

Granted that I always order the same three things when I come here (chicken wings, beef luc lac and noodles), the food has always been solid. Yes, it does get quite busy on weekends and some weeknights but I don't think I ever waited more than 30 minutes. Definitely one of my favourite places to eat in Vancouver.

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Good Food
By emilyyu1 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 4:04am [Dine in]

I ordered the deep fried chicken, a bowl of noodles that had a tomato soup base with beef brisket in it and beef rice(apologies for not knowing their actual English names, my mother ordered the food in Chinese). One thing i love about their deep fried chicken is that it doesn't taste bland and it's juicy. The soup base for the noodles were aromatic and full of flavor; however, i found that the beef brisket was quite tough. The beef rice is also very good, we added some money to add an egg in it and I find that the egg completes the dish.

The service there is very efficient and fast. On busy days, if you are by yourself or with another person you may be asked to share tables with people you don't know.

I would go there again.

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First tasting here- not impressed
By dkona2 of west vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 7, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]

This is a busy restaurant. We found a table for two on a late Saturday night and the place was still humming. I don't know why. Did we order the wrong items?
We started with the special Cambodian beef soup. It was similar to Vietnamese pho, except the broth was bland. The beef was very chewy. We then tried the dish that contained the word "Amok" and it consisted of seafood, chilis and coconut milk. The resulting dish was essentially one solid mass in a bowl, and it was difficult to discretely identify all that was in the dish (except for the two scallops on top and the cuttlefish inside). Our best dish was the gai lan with beef. The sauce was good and the gai lan was crispy. Again the beef was chewy (sinewy). We both went home on the hungry side as our appetites were somewhat discouraged.
The service was reasonable for a busy place.
The ambience was average and acceptable.
I give this restaurant an overall two star rating because of the food served during our visit. The food was not worth the price of the meal (about $35 with taxes).

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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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Cravings!
By wright of West End, Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 1:50pm [Dine in]

Oh. My. God. The deep fried chicken wings with lemon pepper dipping sauce are to DIE for. Paired with the pea tips, it makes the perfect meal.

The cravings will come soon after. You'll be sitting at home, wondering who you can drag along to make them eat some chicken wings, sucking them into the spiraling addiction that is Phnom Penh's saltly chicken wings and sweet, garlicy pea tips. There's nothing in town like it.

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Good Service Okay food
By Debra of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 7:57am [Dine in]

The service here is acceptable. The prices are not too bad as well. The chicken wings are the BEST I would have to say. The ambience isn't that great probably due to an old restaurant in the core of chinatown. I would come again however.

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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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GO for the FOOD
By Mugennam of Surrey (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 4, 2006 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Dont expect to be blown away by the environment. Don't expect to get the best service. Don't expect the unexpected. HOWEVER be prepared for tastey explosion of favours from southeast asia. Chicken wings are topnotch. And everything else is good aswell. In short come for crispy chicken wings.

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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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Food is Oh-kay, but service and ambience takes it right down
By phnompenhsucks of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 21, 2006 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

I'd heard so much about this place, and I've eaten here twice based on all the Internet recommendations. Frankly, the food is decent but not particularly special, especially for the prices. The service is abominable -- I sat and watched as people who had gotten there after me ordered first and got their food before me, and waiters and the owner pass me several times while I was waiting with a closed menu and looking right at them before even realizing I was ready to order. Same thing happened when I was trying to pay. Come on, Phnom Penh, get with it!

In terms of ambience, it's maybe a notch above going to a banquet hall in the suburbs. Avoid this place, there are many other places to spend your money and you'll get better food and better service.

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Probably the only Cambodian food in the city.
By Garee of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 24, 2005 - 4:31am [Dine in]

Make no mistake about it. The reason I go is for the food. Not the service, not the location, and not the ambiance. Not the whole menu is great, but order the right stuff and you'll go home happy.
Highlights (sorry for the makeup names):
Shrimp Soup - Sour, but deliciously so. Full of fresh stuff.
Dry Noodles with Everything - Incredibly sophisticated bowl of noodles. Again, full of ingredients from flavourful minced meat to aromatic cilantro to crunchy inerts.
Beef Luc Lac Rice - Sweet addictive sauce with beef... more rice please!
Fried Chicken Wings - Perfectly fried, perfectly seasoned.
Chicken Curry with bread - Exotic blend of coconut milk, curry spice, and sweetness from the yam. Perfect match with the bread.
*MUST TRY: Durian Sticky Rice - a layer of aromatic durian pudding minus the garbage-like odour on top of a bed of warm sticky rice, smothered in a thick coat of coconut cream. It's mind-boggling that durian can taste this good.

So, order the correct dishes and the meal will be rewarding.

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Boom Goes the Dynamite
By KushPizzaSleep of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 3:50am [Dine in]

730pm on a saturday night, the sky dumping tears over vancouver I arrived at Phnom Penh. The place was packed, a host quickly took our name and we were seated in a couple minutes. The menu feeling like a small novel loaded with culinary chapters had many choices. I settled on the number 6, It was 2 types of noodles(egg and rice) with beef chicken prawns vegis and a soup. Also ordered this red bean ice jelly drink that was simply orgasmic. The food came out in around 5 minutes which is unbelievable for how busy this place was. This place knows what its doing and does it well. A authentic taste of the far east at a great price makes this marver a happy camper. Bill came to 12 dollars before tip, I was stuffed and happy. A true gem.

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Hi Dkona 2
By HointheWall of Main St. (15 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 11, 2008 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

It's a shame - you really did order the wrong things. PP is one of those places where you always get the same stuff because they do it so well you get cravings at least once a month. If you care to venture back, you should try these key items:

1) Deep friend anything - start with the chicken wings.
2) Beef and egg over rice
3) Wet or dry cambodian noodles. If you're adventurous, make sure they don't skimp on the liver for you.
4) Butter beef

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Yum Yum Delicious
By sjones of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 27, 2007 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

I just love eating the food here! Nothing more I can add that hasn't been said about the food. My favorites include the garlic shrimp and the fried chicken wings. Absolutely can't miss these dishes if you go. They totally made me melt.

I've been here a couple of times over the years. It's always busy and the lineup at the door is normal. The manager is busy but efficient with inviting customers in when there is a table. I am not fond of the noise or the decor. It was not that clean and I noticed small bits of food on the carpeted floor. Apparently they must vacuum after the end of each day. The place is brightly lit. Tables are aligned in rows and it's just compact and tight in the place to fit as many people in as possible.

The servers are rather unenthusiastic and not very friendly or helpful. They seemed to be overworked and didn't show much extra pizazz. The last time I went there the food came out after about 20 minutes or so. It does get busy so the kitchen staff are rather pushed to the limits. I can understand that.

If it wasn't for the amazing food I would not visit this place. I do recommend this restaurant, but just for the food. Don't expect a wonderful comfortable dining experience... it's all about the food in this place.

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Mmm chicken wings
By mmmgreen of yaletown (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 18, 2007 - 2:05am [Dine in]

I came specifically for the wings and they did not disappoint. I actually ate a whole dish by myself. They're seasoned so well that you can eat them without using the tangy dipping liquid. Not bad for less than $7.

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Tasty food But.....
By serendipityfood of Downtown (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 10:46pm [Dine in]

We were in Chinatown doing the touristy thing and got really hungry. None of the restaurants appeared very sanitary. After going up and down and almost giving up - we stumbled across Phnom Penh. Some of my buddies mentioned they had heard about the good reviews and since there was a line even at 2pm, we thought it must be good. My buddies and I trooped in and we had to wait for about 15 mins for a table. While waiting, the owner came out with a plate of chicken wings and served all those waiting in line ....I thought that was a nice touch. We will certainly order thew wings when we sat down. We ordered the chicken wings - and it didn't disappoint. It was very good. Next came hot steaming bowls of Pho - noodles in beef broth and slices of tender beef. Perfect! We also ordered the oyster omelette and curry chicken to share. Everything was excellent. However, half an hour later, we all felt really parched. We figured they must have loaded the dishes with lots of MSG - thats why it was so tasty. Well, I guess that is why I am only giving the food 3 instead of 4.

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