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Unpretentious French cooking

80 Street 108 (on corner with Street 51), Phnom Penh
T: (012) 391 746 

La Marmite

One of the longest-running French restaurants in town, La Marmite owes much of its ongoing success to an unadorned approach to setting, service and cooking.

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If anyone tells you French food is pretentious, send them here and you won't need to say another word.

At La Marmite, you'll find all the traditional dishes such as French onion soup ($4.75), which is highly recommended, hearty croques-monsieur ($7 including salad and a drink), and mussels stuffed with butter, parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs and Cognac ($7.50). We're told that the grill offers some of the best steaks in town and you can tuck into a fillet ($9.25) or entrecote ($16) along with sauces and sides of your choice. We're big fans of their charcuterie plate ($6 small, $12 large) and their Toulouse sausages -- get them with a side of green beans, which are out of this world. And there's plenty more on the huge menu, with a changing plate of the day. One blackboard menu is in English, the other in French. Read the French one -- it all sounds better in French.

La Marmite is a little out of the way to the north of the city centre, and may look dead from the outside, but don't let that stop you. The restaurant itself is quite simple as well. There are no frills, but good food doesn’t need them. It's definitely worth a check.

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La Marmite
80 Street 108 (on corner with Street 51), Phnom Penh
08:00-22:00
T: (012) 391 746 

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