Sep 6 2013


My trusted Frommers travel guide gave frizz restaurant 3 out of 3 stars and said it was a great place where to try local Khmer (Cambodian typical) food which was not too expensive and they also mentioned that it served one of the best amoks, Cambodian typical dishes, so we decided to head there for dinner. Restaurant frizz (no capital f) was established in January 2014 by a Dutch expat working in Cambodia as a freelance correspondent called Frits, but Cambodians pronounced it´frizz´, which is where the name of the restaurant comes from. The restaurant also runs a cooking school, which they opened in 2005, if you are interested in learning to cook Khmer food. 


Frizz is located on street 240 which has small boutique shops and is in the tourist area. Note though the street to me seemed quite rough even though it apparently was one of the nicest streets there, furthermore my travel guide described Frizz as “a modest and bright little place” when in reality when we came it was empty, we were the only people there and it seemed a bit run down. 


The menu had some western dishes but mainly local Khmer specialities. As we had not tried the famous “amok” yet (steamed coconut fish with turmeric sauce and spices served in banana leaves) we decided to order this as the guide had said the amok cooked here could be the best in Cambodia. The amok was ok, but I did not particularly like it, and I am not sure whether that is because I am just not a keen fan of this dish or whether their preparation was not the best. We also ordered “Sach Moan Ang” which had charcoal grilled marinated chicken fillet with a unique blend of Khmer favourite spices, which once gain I was not just too keen on and I did not think the flavours were that deep or tasty. The last dish we ordered was another one of typical Khmer dishes, the Lok Lak, which had prime beef chunks served in the famous Khmer gravy and topped with a fried egg. This beef was probably my favourite dish out of all of them, and I did think it was nice and loved dipping the beef into the sauce, it was delicious. Note though however even though I was not that keen on the food my boyfriend did like it much more than me, so maybe some of my criticism comes from the fact I don’t know Khmer food well enough and prefer the more interesting flavoured Thai or Vietnamese food, but then again having said that I had a brilliant Khmer meal in Malis, another Khmer restaurant, the next day. 


My boyfriend also decided to order a desert called “Pumpkin custard” which had whisked eggs, coconut milk and jackfruit in a scooped out pumpkin, he had a few mouthfuls, but I could not even try it as it did not look appealing at all to me. 


For a casual Khmer meal on a budget do come here, but I don’t think this place really shows how interesting and good Khmer food is, and does not do it justice, as I have had much better and more tasty Khmer meals. 


Date: 06/ 09/ 13

Location: Phnom Penh

Price for 2 people with some beer: $23


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#67 Street 240
Phnom Penh
frizz Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 2.5