Cool respite, Western food
631 Psar Kandal St (behind Angkor Riviera Hotel), Siem Reap
T: (097) 763 3484
On the edges of the ever cooler Kandal Village, The Hive has proven to be one of the most popular additions to Siem Reap’s growing cafe scene thanks to its friendly vibe, excellent coffees, well-conceived menu and sin-busting range of fruit and veg shakes.
This hip little place turns over a brisk crowd of early morning souls seeking redemption through the comprehensive selection of detoxing, refreshing, rejuvenating and actually very delicious shakes. If you’re feeling so inclined, the team here will help you work out a proper meal-replacement and detox plan that suits your needs over how ever many days you want to do it.
For those who have more to play (or live) for, the menu offers a smart selection of dishes that take their cues from across the globe and are full of flavour. Day breakers include one of the better eggs Benedicts in town ($5), Bircher muesli with fruit salad ($4), a “chickpea riot” ($4.75) with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes pan-fried in dukkah, served with rocket, watercress and two poached eggs, or sometimes the simple things in life are the best, like smashed avocado on rye with homemade tomato chutney ($4.50).
Things get heartier on the lunch menu. Here’ll you’ll find smoked salmon on rye ($5.50), or falafel with mint lime slaw ($4.50), Kotu roti with curry sauce and chicken ($5) or veg ($4), plus a selection of sandwiches, wraps and salads. The sandwiches and wraps are served with chunky chips and fries.
The space is small, modern and mildly urban, and the owner has cunningly installed a mezzanine in order to maximise it. The rather sheer stairs take a moment to get used to, but the comfortable floor seating provides a nice retreat from the chatter down below. It also has air-conditioning, a luxury/respite that is still relatively rare in Siem Reap, though less so as times march inevitably on.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 15th July, 2015.