01.10.2009 - 30.11.2009
Although there are quite a few Indian restaurants in this town, there are only two that we can safely recommend as worthy of consideration if one feels like having fine Indian cuisine, as shown below. Our general impression of the two establishments is that all have very authentic dishes that curry lovers would enjoy eating. One word of caution is that because most of the dishes are made from scratch, it takes a while before the desired food is ready, so you should keep that in mind, particularly if you are really hungry.
Maharajah****: A dining experience at MAHARAJAH, Siem Reap, will make you believe that exclusivity with a touch of simplicity is important in the creation of every delicious dish. Along with the assurance of a wide range of delectable dishes and an immaculate service, a meal at The MAHARAJAH restaurant inspires interactive dining. Here is a priceless range of all finger licking royal Indian vegetarian & non vegetarian dishes.
Maharajah is the best Indian restaurant in town, the most favorite haunt of both expiates & tourist curry lovers, due to its fresh, hygienic & authentic preparation. Uses high quality authentic Indian spices that make all the visitors love the delicious food with unforgettable taste. Very reasonable priced.
Food is served with fine yellow rice, pickles and gourmet chutneys.
All dishes are prepared with vegetable oil; vegetables are cleaned with drinking water and the ice made with purified water
Location: Next to Pub Street, Between CAB bank & Provincial hospital, Old Market Area. Siem Reap.
Address: # 33 Mondol 1, Group 6, Svay Dung Kum commune. Old Market Area, Siem Reap Cambodia Tel: 063-966221 092-506622
This restaurant is happy to report that they have just opened a new Indian eatery under the same name in Shihanoukville. If you happen to be there, you may want to visit it.
New Delhi****: This is a gem of a place which is made sparkling by Mr. Sharma,
who is very charming and appears to have a long experience in running a restaurant. We ordered two set menus (thalis): vegetarian ($4)and chicken ($5) thalis. We waited quite a long time, thus indicating that most of the food were made from scratch. The results were very tasty dishes that we thoroughly enjoyed to the fullest extent, as each meal was quite voluminous. On another day, we had two types of curry dishes with chicken: one a regular chicken curry and the other roasted chicken with homemade butter. Both were delicious.
Curry Walla**: Situated about 6 to700 meters from the old market,
this restaurant offers average food items on plates that must be dirt cheap as they sometimes have ants and other bugs baked into them. The first time we went there, we found ants in our plates and asked to exchange them for "clean" ones. The management was not sensitive enough to realize that foreign tourists are not very amused with such "unclean" plates. Although they used to serve very good rice, they no longer do as the rice price has gone up so much in recent years.
East India Curry**: This upscale restaurant is located on the top floor of the new hotel Claremont Angkor directly across the Post Office over the Siem Reap river.
It has all the standard Indian dishes that tend to be stale because they do not have many customers. For example, nans you order may be one or two days old, and some tables are full of ants, as the management appears to be very sloppy about the sanitary conditions of the restaurant.
Kamasutra**: When we first went there to eat,
we were surprised to find that the food we had was a European variety with a bit of curry powder thrown in. Then we met an Indian gentleman who has been cooking for over 20 years and who told us that the food here was not really Indian. So we now think this place is not an Indian restaurant. Then we realized that they charged us $3.50 for a bottle of Angkor beer that is equivalent to 2 draft beers. But within 50 meters from this restaurant, there are a number of places that charge $1.00 for two draft beers. We just cannot understand what made the management of this eatery think that they can get away with such a high charge for the beer. We also found that other alcoholic beverages are just as expensive. If you are interested in really authentic Indian food, you should find two of our 4-star restaurants within about 100 meters from this place and enjoy their excellent food.
Little India**: This restaurant is situated right in front of the Blue Pumpkin,
and perhaps for this reason, it is slightly overpriced. We had three dishes of different kinds, but the base sauces were the same, a gravy sauce, with slight differences in taste using ginger, tomato, and eggplant.
WELCOME TO SIEM REAP - Home of Angkor Wat
Etiquette in Indian Restaurant
The basic etiquette for any restaurant is very similar such as leaving a nice tip for good service, and being courteous to your host. Many Indian restaurants are not very formal. Yes even those considered best (Indian restaurant are usually very similar). The etiquette for Indian (or any ethnic South Asian) restaurants might be little different from other restaurants. Below I have provided some basic rules.
1. Do Not Ask for Beef or Pork:
Many Indians are either Hindus or Muslims. In Hinduism, the cow is considered a sacred animal so it cannot be eaten. Similarly, Muslims consider the pig to be a very filthy animal so it cannot be eaten. Most Indian restaurants do not serve any pork products. Many restaurateurs might get offended if you ask for pork, when you do not see it on the menu. If you see it on the menu, it is okay to ask. However, pork is not really an Indian specialty, so the safest bet for meat is chicken meat followed by lamb meat. Please also note that some Indian restaurants are purely vegetarian and do not serve any meat. Vegetarian restaurants are usually marked vegetarian from outside. Please do not offend a vegetarian owner by asking for meat.
2. If it is not wet or messy, it is okay to eat with hand: Many Indian food such as naan (flat bread) can be enjoyed by eating with hand. The proper technique would be to break the bread, dip or take small piece of condiments such as chutney, or vegetable curry and eat it. So, it is perfectly fine to use your hands while eating. The basic rule of thumb is if you do not make a mess by eating something with your hands (such as liquid, grains of rice) it can be enjoyed with your hands if you wish. The philosophy behind this is that eating is a very sensual thing and one should be able to enjoy eating with as many senses as possible – tasting, smelling, looking and touching.
3. Concept of ‘Jutha’:’Jutha’ means something that came in contact with your mouth, your saliva or your plate (while eating). It is basically something that directly or indirectly came in contact with your saliva. It is considered very rude and unhygienic to offer someone else your ‘Jutha’ unless you are very close family, couple or close friend. So, avoid doing this if you are not sure how your other Indian diners feel about it.
4. Alcoholic Drinks:Many Indian restaurants would not serve alcoholic drink. Even they serve alcohol, few restaurants have any range to choose from. Indians do not have any wine and dine culture, so best would be to go dry and try something like mango lassi for a refreshing alternative.
5. Paying Bill
For many Indians, when they invite you to a restaurant, it generally means they are the host and they are going to pay the bill. It however depends on the individual and nature of the invitation. Many Indians feel awkward asking new acquaintances or friends to ask for payment if they invited them. Even if they want to pay you, when offered money, they will say no at least once. So, please be double sure if they want to share. Similarly, when you invite your Indian friend to Indian restaurant they might think you will be paying it. If you want to go dutch, rather than inviting them, just use words as “lets go Xyz” or “lets us both try Xyz”