593 Hap Guan Street, Kandal Village, Siem Reap
T: (016) 669 724
As the guys who opened this place would say, Little Red Fox Espresso is seriously “the bomb”.
Adam Rodwell and David Stirling threw caution to the wind when they moved to Siem Reap in mid-2014, and even more so when they opened up their cafe and hair salon in an area just that little bit off the main track. But notwithstanding people’s continuing reluctance to step away from the safe confines of Pub Street, it hasn’t stopped them one little bit as those in the know pour in the door for their amazing coffee, simple food and endless good humour.
Adam’s passion for coffee is almost tangible, and exhibit-A is in the cold-drip coffee-maker that graces the bar. It’s a work of art in itself, and produces a coffee that is smooth and gives all of the bang without the jittery whizz of hot brewed coffee. If hot coffee is more your cup of tea though, then you can of course order it in all its forms, including iced, all put together with top-notch barista skills and their state of the art coffee machine.
The short food menu includes offerings such as bircher muesli with apple shavings, chia seeds, dried fruit soaked in coconut milk, topped with yoghurt (US$2.50), or an onion and potato omelette filled with feta and sun-dried tomatoes, served with a rocket and feta salad (US$4.50), and they also appeared to have raided their grandmother’s best cookbooks for inspiration for daily cake specials.
The small indoor space is minimalist, save for an extravagant red curtain, with eccentric touches (stools on the walls), and the set-up is geared towards sociability with stools all around the pale wooden bar and one large table in the centre. There are also stools and a counter against the wall for the introverts and the team knows when to leave those who’d like their space alone, a depressingly unusual sensitivity.
Upstairs David runs his hair salon in a beautiful breezy room, where his colour master and cutting skills have put him in permanent demand. For the hair salon, booking is essential. Cafe and salon are closed on Wednesdays.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 19th March, 2015.