Rustic in the burbs
Farm to Table offers a small and unfussy but satisfying range of healthful, tasty food and is set in a chilled-out garden with a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll almost feel like you’ve popped around to a friend’s for brunch or afternoon tea here, with wooden tables scattered around underneath jackfruit and other trees.
A parked tractor keeps little kids entertained while a few gleaming chooks peck around, adding to the rustic feel — though you’re still in the BKK1 area, not on the outskirts of town where the real farms begin.
From the crew behind ARTillery, Farm to Table brings the same philosophy to this venture, serving organic and seasonal local produce where possible.
They have juices, teas, coffees and softies but we tried Jiva’s ginger tonic ($2.75) which had us ready to Google how to make our own, it was so reviving. There are a handful of cocktails ($4.50), wines (from $3.50 a glass) and beers (from $1.50) for when the heat gets too much.
Breakfasts are in the $4-$7 range — think standards such as simple eggs your way, french toast, Bircher muesli or a burrito. We popped by for an early lunch and tried the pulled pork bowl, a stir-fried mix of veggies with tasty pork over rice and a little glass bowl of sour cream on the side ($6.75). Otherwise select from a modest range of salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, sandwiches and nibbles like corn fritters or quesadillas. For dinner, a few additional plates may tempt, like Sihanoukville tuna with crushed potatoes and garden greens ($7.50) and confit duck with blistered tomatoes, baby potatoes and a sunnyside up egg ($9). It’s not particularly adventurous, but rather nourishing and comforting. It’s the sort of place to come to get your balance back.
There’s just a few desserts: a fruit plate, banana bread, cheesecake, crepes or ice cream. We tried the cream cheese/tofu/coconut cream cheesecake on a gingernut base ($4) with a side of French press coffee ($2). It was the business and sustained us through an hour or two of keyboard tapping into the afternoon, as we moved tables occasionally to avoid the sunlight filtering through the trees and the brunch crowds thinned.
Craft beers are served Tuesdays 16:00-19:00, beers and wines are two-for-one during Monday to Friday happy hours also 16:00-19:00, and acoustic music wafts around the garden on Fridays, from 18:00-20:00.
While Farm to Table might be a little out of the way of riverside, it’s not too far if you’re staying in BKK1 — House Boutique and St 63 Hostel, say — and about a 10-minute tuk tuk ride from around the centre. It’s worth the ride.
Address: 16 Street 360, Phnom Penh
T: (078) 899 722
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'35.78" E, 11º32'55.09" N
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