Just steps from the Independence Monument, off the embassy-lined Preah Suramarit Blvd in central Phnom Penh, is The Corn Restaurant. Walk down a long driveway and you’ll find the this small and simple eatery, with a menu compiled of modern Khmer plates, most of which are vegetarian.
From one of the two tables on the small outdoor patio, we order the corn fritters and the “Cambodian Beer Sampler” to start. The fritters are lightly fried and delicious. The beers are more a slightly varied assortment of 4 cans of beer (2 Cambodia Lagers, 1 Ganzberg, 1 Angkor) than a legit sampler. The mains, a pumpkin and sweet potato curry and vegetables sauteed with a coconut curry, are both mild in spice but full of fresh flavors.
The staff is gracious and welcoming, the setting is stark, but calm and comfortable. The entire meal (beer sampler included) comes to about $17 USD. A solid option for modern Khmer cuisine with vegetarian options in Phnom Penh.
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