Not to be missed is this friendly little gem, an NGO (non-government organization) project where Khmer street kids are given shelter and taught useful skills for their reintegration into society. It's a unique opportunity to meet friendly mentors and young folks who've found a new lease on life. The food is great, too, an ever-changing tapas menu of local and international favorites like spring rolls, fried rice, good salads, and a host of desserts. I had delicious sweet sticky rice with a nice mix of local fruit. This is a great spot to cool off and have a light bite while touring the city center (right across from the "must-see" National Museum); the place is a cozy open-air colonial in a courtyard done up in primary-color murals of the kids' drawings. The name of the restaurant means "good friends," and you might meet some here as you find yourself giving English lessons, laughing, and smiling with these young survivors.
Note: Also try their new restaurant, Romdeng (21 Street 278; tel. 092/219-565; closed Sundays). It is housed in an atmospheric, old French colonial house with original antique tiles. The menu is similar, but the décor is a bit cozier with small, separate dining areas and dark wood furniture throughout.
- © Frommer's 2013
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- Highly Recommended 2010