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“Lovely outdoor setting with great atmosphere”

Malis Cambodian Restaurant
Ranked #19 of 1,467 Restaurants in Phnom Penh
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: Cambodian
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Malis is a landmark restaurant that has long enjoyed a reputation for pushing the boundaries of fusion food with traditional, original and new age Cambodian cuisine. With capacious seating and four VIP rooms set in a courtyard around a fountain, it is undeniably the capital's premier gourmet dining experience. Its busy kitchen is home to Luu Meng, Cambodia's only masterchef, whose artfully prepared dishes have graced tables around the world.
Reviewed July 30, 2014

We reserved and were seated in the courtyard-fish pond garden. Fantastic, much better than my last visit. Dishes are mostly around $8-$10, I tried the honey pork which was excellent, and the stuffed chicken wings looked equally as good. Presentation and service impeccable as always. This is a must visit place if you wish to enjoy Fine Cambodian Cuisine.

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Reviewed July 30, 2014

this place was walking distance from monument hotel where we stayed. food was very good and the interior also very nice. i think the best khmer food place in phnom penh

Thank Rebecca W
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

Had a nice dinner at the Malis restaurant in Phnom Penh. One of the highlights of this dining experience was the picturesque restaurant setting. It's a stunning restaurant with tables both inside and outside. We opted of the air conditioned room inside with a lovely view of the garden and tables outside; really the best of both worlds. The highlight of the meal for me was both the honey glazed pork ribs and the Australian Chardonnay by the glass; both tasted good. Other than that, the rest of the items we ordered (and there were many!) were just ok for us. For example, the prawn cakes were rubbery and lacking in any taste. For this reason, I felt a 3 star rating was the best I could muster for this restaurant. I will complement the high value rating of this meal however. With all the drinks and food that we ordered, the bill came to only $90 which I find impressive.

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Thank jazsacher
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

We read about this restaurant in the Singapore Sunday Times and decided to try it on our first night and we were so impressed we made the dinner reservation for the next day mid way of our first dinner here in Malis! Do call before you go otherwise it may be fully booked. We almost couldn't get a seat on our first night.

Welcome drink is green mango :) serve in small glasses

Dinner 1:
Pork and Banana Blossoms $6.50
~ Banana blossom salad topped with succulent slices of Takeo province pork plus green papaya. I love the salad sauce very much, very refreshing with both the banana blossom and green salad. Not sour at all.

Oxtail soup $7.50
- it is not the creamy kind of oxtail soup, rather light weight, a good start for the dinner.

Grilled Clams - $5.50
~ Sea fresh clams marinated with salt and cooked prahok with hot basil leaves, pepper and garlic. This is actually the Asian bloody cockles, so if you dislike the taste, you may not want to choose it. I love cockles and I don't find it bloody at all. Quite nicely done.

Frogs' Legs in a Claypot $12
- Frog legs were marinated with oil, spring onion, ginger and seafood gravy. It tastes very similar to the Frog leg porridge in Singapore & Malaysia but the gravy isn't that thick. The spring onion and ginger did not make it overly spicy. Taste was just perfect.

Baked Goby Fish with Mango Dip $15
- It is marinated with lemongrass and garlic, baked with salt and served with mango chilli dip. It was mentioned in the menu that it is their best selling dish. Avoid the skin of the fish though I would love to eat it cos it is so crispy but it is marinated with salt, it is extremely salty. The fragrance of lemongrass was fully absorbed by the fish meat, simply delicious. But beware of thin bones in this dish.

We had 2 desserts - Malis Signature Mousse $3 and another which is not on it regular menu but was a special. I cannot recall what is it call but it is warm with young coconut and longan, not overly dilute or creamy texture. Yummy.

First night bill was about $81 with wine.

Dinner for day 2:
- Pork salad with bamboo shoots. Serving of the pork slices was generous, and bamboo shoots was good too. This wasn't on the regular menu.

Prahok Ktis Fried Rice $6.50
- A must try traditional dish, cooked with fermented fish with red kroeung and coconut cream mixed with rice. The sauce is on the side, so if you dont like the taste of fermented fish, rest assured you still can enjoy your rice. But I would strongly suggest you try a little of the sauce, it is good!

Takeo Pork Chops $11

Fish Amok $7
- We tried a few different Fish Amok and this is by far the best! Actually Fish Amok resembles the otah otah (fish paste) you find in Malaysia or Singapore. I preferred Fish Amok in paste form than if it is in curry.

Bamboo Shoots and Smoked Fish Soup $7.50
- light texture and refreshing. But i still preferred the oxtail soup i ordered the day before.

Tiger Prawns

Dessert - we had Red bean Kampot Pepper with Palm Fruit ($3), yummy but the palm fruit were a bit hard to chew. Rainbow of Sweet Beans Jelly $3 equally yummy not overly sweet.

Without wine, it cost us around $65 on the 2nd night

You can opt for outside sitting but if the sight of crawling lizards in lamp shades or on the ceiling, I would suggest you opt for indoor sitting. We opt for indoor sitting on the first night, and next to us was a very noisy group of business men and it was deafening!

Love this place and it is really value for money!

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Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place lives up to its reputation. It is slightly out of the way in Phnom Penh, but easy to get to on a tuk tuk (only 5 minutes from the riverfront). We booked (good idea - as it was busy), and sat outside. Very smooth / slick service (extremely attentive), and the food we had was lovely. Wines a bit more expensive than we had expected (compared to most of the places we were eating in Cambodia) - but as a bit of a treat - it was great. Large and varied menu. Soft shell crab was delicious. Not the best fish amok we have had (Sugar Palm still rules on that for us) - but still wonderful.

Thank MJMCD67
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