1. November 2015. One of the great joys of daily Siem Reap life as an expat was the excellent cafe and restaurant scene. It didn’t take me long to settle into a routine, with wonderful breakfasts at La Kh’Mère Poulart and Black Sands Café, maybe some Mexican bites at Viva for weekend lunches. Cheap and delicious local dishes such as Beef Lok Lak always went down a treat, while dangerously there was also an excellent Indian restaurant (Bombay Kitchen) that I found it difficult to stay away from. Sat right next to FB International School where I worked, Vitking House restaurant was my favorite lunchtime escape on working days: a lush garden retreat where I could come to take stock of whatever crazy situation happened to be unfolding that day.
2. November 2015. Dropping myself onto the bamboo mats and cushions, I’d invariably set myself up at the same wooden table to enjoy Vitking’s peaceful garden vibe. With serviceable wifi, soft background music and the sound of bubbling water from the nearby pond, Vitking was a much-needed break from the relentless onslaught of noisy kids and stressed-out, gossiping teachers.
3. November 2015. Vitking House is a little pricy by Siem Reap standards, especially their western dishes and fancy fruit shakes. But everything was always freshly prepared and delicious and still very affordable for those new to Asian travel.
4. November 2015. Packed with vegetables and fruit and lacking the oiliness of many other local dishes, I always felt these lunches helped balance out the rest of my diet! This mixed vegetables noodle soup dish was a staple of mine during my time in Siem Reap.
5. November 2015. I have to be honest and say that the service isn’t anything to write home about. None of the staff speaks English and everything goes VERY SLOWLY, which sometimes got a bit testing on a one-hour lunch break. They’re not particularly smiley either; rather this is a place all about the environment and that gorgeous garden setting. If you’re not in a rush and want to kick back, Vitking House is well worth an hour or two of your time. You can find it on High School Road next to the International school, they’re open daily from 08:00-20:00.
NOTE: I’ve since been told that this branch of Vitking House has been shut down to make way for a complex of Khmer rooms. Currently there are two more Siem Reap branches, one located at Psar Nhe Market, the other near Wat Bo Temple.
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