Asian Square Restaurant and Lounge, Siem Reap, Cambodia
What I appreciate about our tour just like what I’ve said on my previous blog is the perks to try Cambodia’s local cuisine at a different fine dining restaurant at Siem Reap. As a welcome dinner, the tour took us at Asian Square Restaurant & Lounge, only few minutes from our hotel. Said to be located in the heart of the Siem Reap town closed to the pub street, especially within 3 minutes walking distance to Night Market. I didn’t notice it the night when we had our dinner but learned it on the latter when I did my research.
Asian Square restaurant is one of the most unique set up design along with a mixture of Khmer modern art style. You can see this statue once you entered their place.
You would notice tourists from different country almost everywhere especially in every restaurant which only proves that tourism is the biggest source of income of this country.
We had our early dinner at 6pm. It’s only 5pm the Philippines.
Not really familiar with their food butI tried my best to learn about their food by tasting and reading.
They served a 4-course Khmer set meal for us. Said in Wikipedia, Khmer cuisine or, more generally, Cambodian cuisine, is one of the world’s oldest living cuisines. With an emphasis on simplicity, freshness, seasonality and regionalism, Cambodian food has won praise for its elegant and understated use of spice; its harmonious arrangement of contrasting flavours, textures and temperatures within the meal rather than a single dish; and its thoughtful and, at times, extravagant presentation of dishes with plenty of herbs, leaves, pickles, dipping sauces, edible flowers and other garnishes and condiments.
Pounded Green Papaya Salad
Taste like Atchara with peanuts in the Philippines. I noticed that they love peanuts that much that you would normally see it in almost every dish.
With a hint of a curry but I don’t know how I will define it.
Grilled Marinated Pork Chop with Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetable, Pan-seared Fish Fillet with Khmer Spice and Mushroom Amok in Banana Leave with Steamed Jasmine Rice
As Amok as popular Khmer dish, refers to mushroom or fish steamed in a savoury coconut-based curry in banana leaves. I’ve tried my best to enjoy it since I’m not a fan of curry. Their dish is almost similar to what we have tried in Vietnam somehow with a hint of Filipino native food.
They have Buko Juice too!
Fresh Fruit Salad
Not Sour and Sweet Calamansi Juice that made my brother look like this:
He’s sooo high as always!
I’m not really good in taking photos during at night. Huhu!
I normally ask for cake specially during birthdays but they don’t have cake in their menu. :( It’s my dad’s birthday. Guess, they celebrate birthday in a different way. Haha!
Enjoyed our stay and the food though I wasn’t able to finish everything. I’m still adjusting with their food, I guess. I love how this kind restaurant gives us a casual atmosphere where we can enjoy the natural breeze from the surroundings of the tropical garden. Wasn’t able to explore the whole restaurant. We went to the spa to have a massage to prepare us for the long tour the next day.