Siem Reap is definitely the hub of Christmas activity in Siem Reap. All of the hotels have decorations bordering on the outrageous and there are lots of options for Christmas dining. As per usual, many of the major hotels are offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners, and some smaller budget establishments are, too, and their prices are even lower than last year. Here’s the Move to Cambodia round-up of the best 2014 Christmas dinners in Siem Reap. If you know of others, please leave details in the comment section.
With what promises to be the most exciting Christmas Eve dinner in Siem Reap, Mie Cafe is offering a six-course menu for just $33 per person. The menu starts with avocado “cannelloni” with fresh Mekong crab and smoked salmon, duo of carpaccio and tartar, oyster brioche marinated with tapioca, grilled Mekong prawn ravioli served on pumpkin curry puree and emulsion of green peas, apple cider braised pork shank with porcini mushrooms and Swiss gruyere mashed potatoes, and for dessert, chocolate caviar and sticky rice crusted with young coconut. The menu is fantastic (I’ve tried many of the items on it) and is a great deal for the price. They also have a vegetarian option available. Reserve in advance by calling 012 791371 or email email@example.com.
#0085, Phum Treng Khum Slorgram, Siem Reap (On the road to the temples, turn right after the Sofitel Hotel)
T: 012 791 371
For the week of December 22nd, Belmiro’s will be offering a classic American Christmas menu of honey-baked ham, scalloped potatoes with Cheddar cheese and cream, maple-glazed carrots, string bean casserole and bacon-wrapped sausages for just $12. They will be serving this alongside their regular menu of pizza and subs, so there’s something for everyone, even the non-ham-eating humbugs in the group.
Irish pub and restaurant Molly Malone’s is offering a great-value Christmas dinner from 12 p.m. on December 25th for $25. This year’s menu starts off with a glass of mulled wine, then a cream of mushroom soup starter, and then traditional roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing with roasted and mashed potatoes (they’re Irish, after all) cauliflower cheese, steamed seasonal vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert they are offering a chocolate, raspberry and cream yule log. Kids get a two-course menu with a soft drink for $15.75. Reservations are suggested.
Corner of Pub Street and Sivutha Blvd, Siem Reap
T: 063 963 544; 063 674 0999
Nita by Vo
Swish hotel Nita by Vo in the Charming City is having a four-course Christmas Day lunch this year that will give you the chance to “dine in air-conditioned comfort.” The meal starts with a Champagne cocktail and Khmer appetizers, then pumpkin soup and a choice of three mains, including roast turkey. Finish up with a Yule log for dessert and a swim in their rooftop pool. Cost is $35++ and bookings are required. Call 063 767 788 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Nita by Vo
Charming City, Siem Reap
T: 063 767 788
Gigi Brasil offers a Brazilian-style Christmas dinner. This means a churrasco-style dinner that consists of 15 types of grilled meats. The meats will be accompanied by roasted corn and pineapple, skewered vegetables, garlic bread, salad, rice, farofa, farinha, pao de queijo dessert and a glass of wine or bubbly. They’re serving it up on Christmas Eve from 7:30 p.m. until late for $27 per person. Reserve by calling 089 247 030 or 092 308 335.
546 Sala Kanseng Village, Siem Reap
T: 095 812 135
As usual, the FCC Angkor has some upscale Christmas dining options on December 24th and 25th. Their set menu is $50+* per person and starts with a glass of bubbly. They have not announced the dinner menu for this year, but if it’s anything like last year, it promises to be excellent. Reserve by calling 010 600 123 or email email@example.com.
Pokambor Ave, next to the Royal Residence, Siem Reap
T: 063 760 283
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
The ever-popular Christmas Day brunch at Raffles Hotel. Due to the mad rush of early arrivals last year to catch Santa, this year the brunch starts at noon and Santa will be arriving at 1 p.m. an hour later with gifts to the kids. They haven’t announced the buffet menu, but it’s likely that it will be similar to last year’s, which featured a sushi and sashimi buffet, pastas, salad bar, a selection of Asian and international hot foods, carvery, cold cuts, cheeses, soups, and desserts (including a yule log). Basically the menu is very long and you’ll leave stuffed. Price is $60++ for adults and includes free-flow beer and wine, or $80++ with champagne or +90++ with pink champagne. The price is $30++ for kids 6-12 and free for kids under 5. Reserve in advance.
If you’re looking for a Christmas Eve celebration, Raffles has another over the top event that includes pre-dinner cocktails, a buffet dinner by the pool which will be filled with thousands of floating candles, a Khmer cultural show, and an appearance by Santa who will bring gifts for the kids. The buffet menu hasn’t been announced, by last year featured no less than a whole suckling pig on a spit. Cost for adults is $115++ and is half price for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 and under eat for free. It is highly recommended to make a reservation 24hrs prior the event by calling 063 963 888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Charles de Gaulle Avenue
T: 063 963 email@example.com
*All of the hotel prices are ++, which means they don’t include various taxes and VAT. Expect to pay an extra 10% above the listed price.