Photo: Wat Lanka, Phnom Penh.

The Lost Room

Low-fuss deliciousness

43 Street 21, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
T: (078) 700 001 
[email protected]
http://www.thelostroom.asia

The Lost Room

The archetypal hideaway, buried down a little residential street behind buzzing Bassac Lane, The Lost Room is a romantic little spot with all of the appearance of a Spanish hole in the wall. The menu too reflects a Spanish approach to life, with tapas plates leading you up to the bigger offerings, all of which boast some big flavours. There is nothing shy and retiring here.

Romantic dining.

Romantic dining.

Starting off small, The Lost Room draws you in with tempting plates like warm goat & feta cheese dip, spiced with bush tomato and bush thyme with carrot and celery crudites ($6) or spicy rocket and parsley falafels with beetroot hummus and tahini dressing ($4.50). There are others too and the plates are pretty generous, so if you’re not feeling hungry, then one or two of these will keep you going. The more there are of you, the better as sharing is what it’s all about.

Pear & blue cheese parcels with mango & basil puree, served with hummus and crudites.

Pear & blue cheese parcels with mango & basil puree, served with hummus and crudites.

Then the big guns start blazing. Fancy some spicy chorizo sausages with date, bacon & brandy compote, and how could you not?, then it’s yours for $8.50. And speaking of pork, the crispy pork belly braised in dark ale and caramel with a side of broccoli ($8.50) melts where it needs to and crunches divinely where it ought to. We loved this. And once we saw it coming out, we sincerely regretted not ordering the Turkish style vegetable stuffed aubergine with garlic yoghurt sauce ($6.50). And there is more.

They have a monthly specials menu too, and the flavour carnival doesn’t stop there. In October 2015, there were duck spring roll with pomegranate molasses marinated duck breast and native bush passion fruit dipping sauce ($6), baked cauliflower coated with chimmi churri and yoghurt dressing ($5.50), or seared kangaroo fillet marinated in Australian desert limes, with pepperberry & Cointreau sauce, baby parsnips and garlic roasted broccoli ($12). We’re still not sure how we missed that one when we were there.

The setting has something of an 80s feel to it, and we mean that in a really good way. There’s an honesty in the white, mottled walls and straightforward settings that evokes that time before everything got overly stylised and self-aware. The wine bar at the back too somehow brings us back to a time before everything fun was banned (or simply overlooked). We have to go back.

Booking recommended on Saturday nights.


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The Lost Room
43 Street 21, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Phnom Penh
Mon-Sat, 17:00-late
T: (078) 700 001 
[email protected]
http://www.thelostroom.asia

Location map for The Lost Room