Sunday roasts in Phnom Penh

What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

Sunday isn't complete without a roast -- and there's even a vegetarian option!

After settling in Phnom Penh, a few industrious Brits decided to start serving roasts every Sunday. Here’s where you can get them:

Lazy Gecko

You won't want to eat again until Monday.

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

Nothing completes a roast dinner like a...Bloody Mary?

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

The Pub

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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Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.
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