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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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Solid... I guess...
By Mr.FoodSensation of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 12:52am [Dine in]

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.

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Outstanding
By Rasputin of Downtown (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 6, 2009 - 6:53pm [Dine in]

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

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Pleasantly surprised
By chichikoko of Langley (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 8:54am [Dine in]

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.

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I am a regular
By Salt_n_pepper of Westend, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, August 15, 2008 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

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!

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Clean, great food and fast/nice service
By dancer_bej of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 23, 2007 - 11:36am [Dine in]

Food comes out really fast and its declish!!!!!!!!!!!!
I always get the fried chicken wings and papaya salad as a sharing dish.
YUMMY~~~~~
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!

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Great consistent food
By livetoeat23 of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 1, 2007 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

Growing up in Vancouver I have eaten at this place since I was a kid. It was classic weekend lunch with the family. I also used to frequent their Broadway and Oak location. Their food quality is consistent excellent. The dishes are tasty and full of flavors. Love their two kinds of dry noodles with broth on the side. Great oyster pancakes and soups. I will continue to visit this place for many more years to come.

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Excellent meal
By downtowner of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 12:17pm [Dine in]

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.

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I likey cheeken wings
By Tinika of Downtown Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

This is the only thing that can get me off those hungover- Church's-chicken-cravings :) And I guess it should also be healthier as well. The garlicy lemon sauce is to die for!

Also, the dry noodles are pretty good...I like them in egg noodles. and yes, I'm asian so I would like more liver please ;)

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Too Much MSG
By foodiegoodie of Burnaby B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 4:01pm [Dine in]

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.

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