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“Fantastic food, great value and for an excellent cause”

Friends the Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 1,404 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: European, Asian, Soups, Cambodian
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Located near the National Museum, you'll discover Friends the Restaurant a vibrant and colourful vocational training restaurant. Serving up share plates of creative cuisine with influences from across the globe, refreshing cocktails and fresh juices, you can see why Friends is one of Cambodia's longest running and best-loved restaurants. 100% of profits are reinvested into the education of students in training and Mith Samlanh's social programs. Check out Friends 'n' Stuff for products that changes lives and Friends Nail Bar next door!
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, great value and for an excellent cause”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

We visited this restaurant for an early dinner based on other's reviews. Even coming with high expectations this restaurant exceeded ours by far. We enjoyed a variety of tapas which were all excellent in terms of flavours and serving sizes. The highlight was the Phnom Penh Long Island Ice Tea with Tamarind juice. The place is an oasis from the chaos of the city outside which can be overwhelming at times, especially when you have visited the tragic sites during the day. The service was also very good; staff always around when you need them and quick delivery on the food (not so much on the drinks, but still not bad).
We made a call to leave when we saw a cat chasing a rat across the floor, but we were outside so this couldn't really be helped (?). It didnt dampen our enthusiam for the place or our experience!
Arrive early, when we left there was a queue waiting for tables.

  • Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best feed in Phonm Penh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Didn't have a booking but went anyway. Had to wait about 45 mins so advise to book. Worth the wait. Tapas meals were so tasty and heaps of variety. Service was excellent and prices very good for the quality of the meals. A must eat in Phonm.

Visited August 2013
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“You'd be a fool to skip this gem!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

After a day of visiting The Killing Fields and S21, visiting this restaurant with it's friendly staff, great atmosphere and AMAZING food was exactly what the doctor ordered. A wonderful contrast from the pain and suffering the Cambodians have lived through, to see in action how they are rebuilding and moving forward in the most positive way possible. Do it! All the cool kids are doing it! ;)

  • Visited August 2013
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short hills,nj
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Loved it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

Food was delicious. Service was good. The kids that work there are very sweet and try very hard. Our family loved this place -so much that we went for both lunch and dinner the same day. Only place we returned to twice during our trip. We all loved the banana nut shake-must try. Anyway we ordered a whole bunch of things and shared it all. Wish I could go right now!

  • Visited August 2013
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

This restaurant (and the companion restaurant Romdang) is well-deserving of the previous TripAdvisor reviews. We tried the fare at both restaurants since they offer different menus. The food and service are both excellent and the meals reasonably priced. These would be sufficient reasons alone for eating there; the fact that the restaurants offer training and support for street youth adds an additional “feel good” factor to having eaten there.

Visited August 2013
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