Photo: Wat Lanka, Phnom Penh.

Brown Roastery

A great hangout

#23, St 57 (corner of St 294), Phnom Penh
T: (098) 888 331 
https://www.browncoffee.com.kh/ContactUs/Locations/#

Brown Roastery

A lively coffee shop with great service, top-notch coffee and good food. It’s not just the cheery calls of “Suasadei!” when you walk in the doors that make you feel at home at Brown Roastery. The soft light, comfortable, contemporary furnishings and excellent service all play their part too.

Brown is a brand that has taken Phnom Penh by storm. From their first outlet on Street 294, which opened in 2009, they have now expanded to seven coffee shops, each with their own style yet also in harmony with the others. They are tremendously popular among young, up-and-coming Cambodians who generate a dynamic, creative vibe amid the low hum of chat and laughter. This is a great daytime hang-out no matter what you’re into.

Sleek urban style.

Sleek urban style.

The setting is soft-urban: all dark-distressed wood, metal gantries and high industrial stools amid the comfy coffee tables and leather couches. The large, mezzanine space is broken up into different areas, each of which has its own feel. You can hide away in a nook, or lounge upstairs, catch up with friends on the couch, or get industrious around the large circular high table.

Work or play...

Work or play.

The coffee comes in almost all the forms you can think of, including a cold drip, which will deliver all the punch of a hot brew, without the head-wrecking buzz. A cabinet displays a beautiful range of cakes and pastries, and there are a la carte breakfast and lunch/dinner menus too.

The creative brekkies include sliced beef pastrami with mushroom, served with a demi-glaze sauce with cream, mozzarella, sundried tomato and sourdough bread ($3.75), or maybe you’re really hungry, in which case the stir-fried Toulouse sausage, with chick peas, spinach, shallot, red long chilli, lemon, feta cheese and garlic butter ketchup ($3.75) might appeal. Lighter appetites might be drawn by the blueberry pancake ($3.75), or perhaps a “morning virgin”, with homemade hash browns, spinach, poached eggs with cheese sauce, sausage and beans ($3.50). Actually, that one might be for the hungry, but you’d never know it for the price.

Resistance is futile, we discovered.

Resistance is futile, we discovered.

The short lunch/dinner menu includes classics like a fresh salmon salad ($4), burger ($3.95), or spaghetti carbonara ($4), as well as more fun dishes like a blueberry pork sandwich ($3.95). It’s very much worth noting that the prices may be low — as a function of the primary market that Brown is targeting — but the quality most certainly is not. Nor is the service. A strong team of busy servers appears well-schooled in the arts of warm and friendly efficiency.

Our only gripe about the place is that with so many users, occasionally the WiFi connection drops down to miserable speeds, which is frustrating when you’re writing their review on their network and can’t get the photos to load.

Work or lounge?

Work or lounge?

There is a smaller Brown venue, with a slightly different menu — we can thoroughly recommend the huevos rancheros — just across the road, and plenty more scattered across the city. You’ll find the locations on their website.


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Brown Roastery
#23, St 57 (corner of St 294), Phnom Penh
Daily 06:30-23:00
T: (098) 888 331 
https://www.browncoffee.com.kh/ContactUs/Locations/#

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