Oct 14 2011

Sushi in Phnom Penh: Part one

Published by at 10:45 am under Japanese


Despite the large number of Japenese expats in Phnom Penh, good sushi is harder to come by than you’d think, with most of the Japanese restaurants in town serving up primarily donburis and other Japanese home-cooking.

Oh sashimi, how do I love thee?

In the name of research, I’ve been hunting for the best sushi in Phnom Penh. Here are some of my favourites.

Origami

The oldest name in sushi in Phnom Penh, Origami flies their fish in from Japan, and has the prices to prove it. Origami is an elegant restaurant with as immaculate-as-you’ll-get-in-Cambodia service. The clientele is made up mostly of Japanese expats, leading me to believe that it’s one of the more authentic restaurants that this crazy town has to offer.

Fish flown in from Japan, you'll feel like you've flown out of Cambodia.

Sushi sets run up to $25, but they also have good lunch specials for under $15. It’s expensive by local standards, but you’d probably pay as much in the West, so it’s actually not a bad deal and the fish is pretty good. Bentos are better value but contain less actual sushi — the $12 Origami special contains sashimi, tempura and a variety of appetisers and comes with rice and miso soup, making it an excellent choice.

88 Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 968 095

restaurant-origami.com

Fusion Sushi

Fusion Sushi is located inside the Cara Hotel, and is a lovely respite away from the honking tuk tuks and their excessively communicative drivers. The restaurant is Japanese and Korean fusion, with dishes from both cuisines offered, although the focus is on sushi. If you’re looking for luxury, try their $40 per person sashimi set — they say to plan for two hours of dining as they bring you course after course of sashimi, tempura, Korean soup and various other delicacies.

I was so excited to see these that my hands were shaking and the resulting photo is blurry.

If you’re not up for spending a fortune, there are more affordable choices as well. I liked the $8 salmon sashimi bibimbap — raw salmon on top of a bed of vegetables with a spicy Korean sauce and served with rice. The fish has obviously been frozen but is still quite good. They have sushi sets for $10 and other rolls including tuna, unagi, tamago, octopus and Korean kimbap. Handrolls are good value at $3 for two.

The interior is also quite nice — and fulfills my requirement that if I’m spending more than $15 for a meal, I want to pretend I’m not in Cambodia. Private rooms, bamboo curtains, soft lighting and even some of those tables where you pretend to sit on the ground but your feet are actually in a hole — couldn’t ask for more.

#18 Street 47 at Street 84, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 986 114
hotelcara.com/Fusion

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5 Responses to “Sushi in Phnom Penh: Part one”

  1. Warrenon 14 Oct 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks Lina, much appreciated. Looking forward to part 2 already and obviously the *budget* joints :)

  2. rachelon 15 Oct 2011 at 5:20 am

    I fear that any fish caught around Japan is going to full of radiation from the Fukishima disaster. Unless it was caught prior to the accident and has been in the deep freeze since then.

  3. Emilyon 15 Oct 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Sushi Been????

  4. […] at Travelfish offers a brief round-up of sushi in Phnom Penh. The best place in town, it sounds like, is Origami. The oldest name in sushi in […]

  5. Gabion 17 Nov 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Our favourite sushi place in Phnom Penh is Sushi Been on Norodom. It fills the requirement for feeling authentic and has a wonderful selection of delicious sushi. The service is delightful and there are wonderful little bottles of rice wine, similar to sake, at reasonable prices.

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