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“Great concept, decent food but pricey and very touristy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Friends the Restaurant

Friends the Restaurant
House 215 | Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 12 802 072
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Ranked #5 of 777 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 10.30Pm (Kitchen closes 9.30Pm) Located near the National Museum, it is famous for its legendary frozen shakes and daiquiris and its delicious blend of Asian and Western style tapas. Friends the Restaurant will be closed for Khmer New Year and will reopen on the 26th of April 2014.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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“Great concept, decent food but pricey and very touristy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is an NGO run restaurant training street youth in waiting, cooking and other skills, which will help them to integrate into the society. It is a great concept and the restaurant is staffed by students and teachers alike.

It is a large place with nice interior and very good customer service. The menu comprises of normal dishes and series of tapas, which are larger than Spanish tapas making one tapas and one side dish sufficient for a full meal. Having said that, I found some of the dishes to lack flavour.

The prices are rather high, although not extortionate. Compared to western prices, it is still cheap and given the social background of the enterprise it goes on a good cause. However, unlike in other NGO run restaurants such as Veiyo Tonle, the clientele is purely tourists, which does not make for a nice atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“You must dine here (at least once)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

All vistors to Phnom Penh should have at least one experience at Friends during their stay. Not only is it a worthy cause the quality of the meals for the price cannot be beaten.

The food is a mix of western and Khmer, with some modern touches added to well known Khmer favourites. We shared 4 dishes between 2 - all beatifully cooked and presented. We where particularly impressed with a lovely eggplant dip and the meatballs. Another member of our group loved his roast roll of pork (one of the weekly specials that augments the standard list).

Despite being very busy the young serving staff were a complete delight and only added to our experience. The total bill for 2 (including drinks) was $US20 - sensational value given the quality of the meal.

As has been well stated in other reviews the place is busy most of the time. A reservation is essential at peak times (and recommended at all other times)

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Great food, great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Went here with our family of six without a reservation but we went early (before six o'clock) so managed to get a table fairly easily - it would have been more difficult later on. We were served straight away although the only soft drinks available were coke or diet coke - I would have liked lemonade on the menu too. The food was really great and came to the table pretty quickly. All the staff were friendly and very attentive. There is a cookbook which you can buy which has a lot of the menu items which we bought. A most enjoyable meal - definitely recommend going!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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“Wow! A favourite in Phnom Penh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

After reading reviews from our Groovy Map and also on Trip Advisor, we were disappointed to find we couldn't book a table as they were already fully booked. We were advised to turn up at about 6pm as some tables were always left for walk ins ... Great advice. We have just enjoyed the best meal we have had in a long time! The quality of the food was superb and the flavours amazing. Unfortunately our friends were all back home in Australia, but we felt we had to share pictures with them as we enjoyed! The menu is an interesting fusion of eastern and western favorites, the unique twists are well constructed. The meals are served beautifully. The front of house staff were friendly and professional. Knowing that you are contributing to positive opportunities in the lives of others makes this venue even more special.

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Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States
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“Our Favorite Meal in Phnom Penh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The receptionist at our hotel recommended Friends, and our first attempt to dine there ended with us too hungry to wait--the place is BUSY! Luckily we tried again earlier in the evening on the next night, and found out why the place was packed: the food is EXCELLENT. The service was fast despite the full restaurant. The Amok was fabulous, and each dish was perfectly seasoned.

Overall the food is as good as the cause!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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