Oct 23 2011
If you’re yearning for a little taste of home in Phnom Penh, there are more than a few places in town among the many restaurants on offer where you can tuck into a traditional Sunday roast. Sunday roasts are most popular with the British, of course, who find that a few weeks on the road are barely tolerable if they don’t get their weekly feast of roasted meat, vegetables, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
After settling in Phnom Penh, a few industrious Brits decided to start serving roasts every Sunday. Here’s where you can get them:
Formerly of the lakeside, the Lazy Gecko guesthouse and cafe is now on Street 258 and serving up a Sunday roast that is popular with the budget-conscious, offering value for money at just $5.50 for a heaping plate.
The standard roast is lamb and is served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, green beans and cauliflower with gravy. They also have a vegetarian option for $4.50 that substitutes a veggie fritter for the meat, and comes with a choice of sauces. Run by an Australian couple, they also have breakfast options as well as other traditional fare like fish and chips.
#1 St 258, Phnom Penh
T: (077) 569 484
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The Willow Hotel
The Willow Hotel hosts Roasted Sundays where they serve “a little reminder of home” in the form of a traditional roast every Sunday from 01:00. They offer roast pork or beef with all the trimmings; the roast beef comes with potatoes au gratin, roasted vegetables and gravy, while the roast pork comes with cauliflower with cheese sauce and roasted veg. Each comes with a glass of wine, all for $9. I haven’t tried this one yet, but the reports I’ve heard are very positive.
#1 St 21, Phnom Penh
T: (092) 553 743; (023)996 256
Rising Sun serves the best known Sunday roast in Phnom Penh — popular with backpackers and expats for its size and quality. They offer roast chicken, beef or pork with stuffing, steaming vegetables, potatoes and gravy for $7. The Rising Sun gets great reviews for its Sunday roasts, but also for the other English fare they serve such as cottage pies and toad in the hole.
#20 St 178, Phnom Penh
T: (012) 970 719
Newcomer to the British grub scene, The Pub was opened a few months ago by two English fellows, Gary and Gary, who are serving what is said to be a phenomenal Sunday roast (although I’ll admit that I held off in favour of one of their tasty farmer’s omelettes). They offer roast chicken for $7 or roast lamb with mint sauce for $9. Each plate comes with roast broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and onions, homemade Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and gravy. They offer a very relaxed environment and outdoor seating, making it a pleasant place to while away a Sunday.
St 174 near St 51, Phnom Penh
T: (016) 592 086
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