Battambang’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

The hardest thing about being a vegetarian in Cambodia is fielding the question “How do you do it? It must be so hard!” every day. Thankfully, it’s not hard at all to be a vegetarian in Battambang, and almost every tourist restaurant has vegetarian options on the menu. In this post, I’ll cover the best vegetarian restaurants in Battambang that cater specifically to vegetarians and vegans, and one runner-up that I’m including because of their super special vegetarian menu.

Battambang vegetarian restaurants

There are lots of vegetarian and vegan eating options in Battambang! (Here, Monorom Garden)

Monorom Garden

This clean, well-decorated vegetarian restaurant that has been in town for many years, though they recently renovated and changed their name from Mercy House to the much more appealing Monorom Garden.

The delicious menu here is exclusively vegetarian, but they do include egg on the menu, so vegans will need to ask for their plates without egg. The menu is mostly Asian-inspired cuisine, with Korean and Japanese dishes such as stone-pot meals and teppanyaki, alongside more traditional Cambodian specialties like basil fried rice and a vegetarian lok lak. My favorite dish is the simple ‘Japanese Rice,’ a big bowl of white rice with sou phay (fake meat), egg, and fresh veggies. Simple but delicious.

Battambang vegetarian restaurant

Battambang Vegetarian Restaurant serves a range of tasty Asian vegetarian dishes.

Battambang Vegetarian Restaurant

The aptly named Vegetarian Restaurant is just that: a restaurant selling Khmer and vaguely Southeast Asian dishes that are entirely vegetarian. The menu is huge with the normal offering of fried noodles, fried rice, even some Japanese-inspired dishes such as sushi and teppanyaki. Some dishes contain egg, but vegans can ask for theirs to be made without.

The prices are low, but beware: some of the vegetable dishes don’t come with rice, so you have to order it on the side for an extra $1. The food is not memorable, but it is edible, and the family that runs the place is friendly.

Battambang vegan

Vegetarian Foods serves inexpensive Chinese-inspired vegetarian breakfasts with fresh soy milk on the side.

Vegetarian Foods Restaurant

This little hole in the wall is tucked away near Monorom Garden, and if you blink you might miss it. Not very glamorous, Vegetarian Foods Restaurant seems to appeal to locals and the more adventurous vegetarians in Battambang. But don’t let looks deceive you; the food is pretty delicious. It’s even good for traditional Khmer breakfast — the noodle soup is on point!

The menu features an array of mostly Chinese-style vegetarian food, much of it made with soy faux-meat products. Dishes are inexpensive, costing between 4,000 and 5,000 riel ($1 to $1.25 USD). They also make their own fresh soy milk every day in several flavors.

Riverside Balcony

Honorable mention goes to Riverside Balcony. As previously mentioned, all the restaurants that cater to expats in Battambang have vegetarian options, but Riverside Balcony takes it to the next level with homemade vegan cheese. As any expat in Battambang will tell you, the pizza at Riverside Balcony is top notch, so this non-dairy cheese opens up a world of pizza for Battambang vegans. The chef makes the delicious cheese out of cashews, and even has a vegan pizza listed on the menu. It isn’t super cheap, but it’s totally worth the money.

And there you have it! Like I said, there are tons of options for eating vegetarian in Battambang. These are the three that are specifically vegetarian. If you find yourself in Battambang, don’t be afraid to explore, because most restaurants in town have some vegetarian choices.

Even if you aren’t near a tourist restaurant, as long as you know the right words you can usually get vegetarian food anywhere you go. Check our post on eating vegan and vegetarian in Cambodia to learn some handy vocabulary and get printable Khmer menu cards to take to restaurants.

Monorom Garden
Open daily, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
La.A Street opposite of Asia Hotel, Battambang
T: 012 243 402

Battambang Vegetarian Restaurant
Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Corner of Street 119 and Street 2.5, Battambang
T: 099 999 338

Vegetarian Foods Restaurant
Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
506 La He Street, between Street 101 and NH5, Battambang
T: 012 501 408; 092 335 252

Riverside Balcony
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 4 to 11 p.m.
Road No. 1, No. 465, Battambang
T: 010 337 7862
facebook.com/theriversidebalconybar

2 Responses to Battambang’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants

  1. Darren says:

    Hi, Jewel in the Lotus and Lotus Gallery (53, St 2.5) is Battambang’s only Western run 100% Vegetarian Restaurant, you seem to have missed it out somehow! :)

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