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.
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.
I haven't been here for while, im not sure why, maybe its because i dont go to chinatown that often but i thought of Phnom Penh when i did past by chinatown this week. I came with 3 friends on a saturday and it was still pretty busy at 4:30pm but we didnt have to wait.
Im not too fond of the ambiance.
i've heard bad things about the service but i thought they were ok.
Food ~ ok so we ordered
#1(Phnom Penh Rice Noodle in Soup) - This was very bland and did not enjoy this at all. It was like noodles in water soup.
#6(Phnom Penh Two Kinds of Noodle nobroth) - This was not bad. It had pork, pork liver? shrimp in it and some others. This dish was ok.
Deep Fried Chicken Wings - I noticed almost 90% of the tables have 1 of this dish ordered and i also heard that these deep fried wings were amazing. But i thought it was only good but not amazing.
Butter Beef - This butter beef was so delicious. So good ! I rate it a 5 out of 5 ! I remember this dish to be alot cheaper back then which is the only thing on the downside.
I would give the food overall a 3.5 out of 5. But this doesnt allow me to do so. Rice noodle in soup was bad but the butter beef made up for it.
This is one of Vancouver's best hidden gems, even though it is not so hidden anymore (they have been reviewed in the New York Times after all!)
The food is, in a word, outstanding. There is a huge variety and selection, and it is almost impossible to choose from their 7+ page, 12 point font menu in reasonable time. A word of advice: if it's your first time there and you're overwhelmed by the selection, let the server choose for you, which is what I did (it may have been the manager actually.) Every dish we received was incredible.
Also make sure to go with at least 4 people so you can all sample a reasonable number of dishes, as each are quite large and intended to be shared around.
Some nights you can experience quite a wait, and you have to be careful because the restaurant closes quite early (I think they don't let anyone in after 9pm.) In this case you either have to be patient, or make a reservation beforehand.
The layout is a bit underwhelming as it more resembles a cheap Chinese restaurant, and the menu might seem overpriced in comparison at first. But once you taste it, you will agree you're actually getting great value given the quality of the food.
I have taken many many different parties here, and everyone has always been very impressed. In case it helps, here are some of the best dishes I have tried:
-"Grandmother's recipe" garlic fried squid
-Garlic fried prawns
-Hot and sour fish soup
-Phnom Penh noodles (get dry with soup on side)
-Butter beef - like an asian style beef carpaccio, amazing
My husband and I were attending a Lions game and wanted a good vietnamese restaurant within walking distance. After reading the mixed reviews on this site about this restaurant we were a little apprehensive but thought we'd give it a shot anyways. We were pleasantly surprised.
We were seated right away and brought complimentary green tea. First impressions of the restaurant were that it was generally clean although both our menus were incredibly sticky. Let's not talk about the cleanliness in the bathrooms though.
Our waitress took our order quickly and food arrived just as fast. The portions are generous compared to some comparable restaurants in the area. The food was not the best vietnamese I've ever had but it was yummy and creative and we both left feeling full. Our bill was $45 including drinks and tip (an average bill for us is about $60). The place was PACKED by the time we left with people waiting outside.
I would go back again next time we're in the area.
I have been going to this resteraunt for quite some time now. For a while there, I was almost there every 2 weeks for months! I'm a big eater and am very impressed by their selection. I have so many favourite dishes (lemon peppery squid, wings, hot and sour soup, fried rice, etc.) but something that isn't too common is the BUTTER BEEF. If you are squirmy when it comes to rare beef, this is not the dish for you. However, I have introduced this dish to many friends and they also order this dish every time they eat here. The service is whats expected in a busy, fairly decent priced resteraunt. You may have to wait for a seat, but the food makes it so worth it. For the most part, the waitresses are quick and thefood comes out fast. Thats pretty good for such a busy resteraunt! Some people may criticize the resteraunt for not being on the top when it comes to the location or the ambiance but I defnitely feel that it is fairly clean and decent.
I have been there on days when I'm super hungry and having to wait for 30mins for a table...but as a regular customer, I know the incredible unique taste of the food - and I'm willing to wait!
Food comes out really fast and its declish!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always get the fried chicken wings and papaya salad as a sharing dish.
After the meal they're really good with cleaning your table and bringing the extra napkins and stuff. When you ask for something you dont have to wait. They bring it right away. (sauces, forks, etcetc) Great place to dine!
Had a relatively late-nite meal/snack there this past weekend. Food & service were very good. Just sampled a selection of past favorites including crispy wings(an excellent value here), garlic squid with tasty lemon pepper dip, butter beef & steamed rice. It's on the far edge of Chinatown(kinda sketchy outside), but this place is always very bright & clean. Satisfied two of us for about $30.
Ever wonder why the food tastes soooo good? Ever wonder why you're soooo thirsty after you eat at this restaurant? There is no doubt their food selection is good but they really have to cut down on the MSG. Sometimes I wonder if anyone notices. I definitely notice after I eat here.