Khmer 652 restaurant was born out of chef Anna’s passion for true Cambodian home cooking. Arriving in Siem Reap at the age of five, she started learning it at her grandmother’s knee, in a traditional wooden house a stone’s throw from the river, surrounded by tall trees and the sounds of nature. On a single wood burner, they produced dish after delicious dish with ingredients often found in their immediate surroundings, as people have done in Cambodia since time immemorial, but tempered by centuries of French colonial and other regional influences.
The traditions are fast disappearing, and our mission is to help keep them alive, so we present authentic Khmer dishes the way they are eaten in Cambodian homes, using the freshest and, wherever possible, organic local ingredients, without sexing them up, tamping them down or otherwise messing about.
Khmer food is shared around the family table, dishes arriving in the order in which they are finished and everyone helping themselves bite for bite, and that is the experience we try to recreate here with our a la carte menu and seasonal specials.
We hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
Please note that our operation is simply too small to cater for vegan, gluten-free and other special diets, though we will try to accommodate you as best we can. Most importantly, please tell us of any allergies you may suffer.
Our studios on the first and second floor celebrate both Southeast Asia's colonial shophouse culture and pay subtle tribute to the heyday of Cambodian modernism. Both are furnished with mostly reclaimed-wood retro furniture made by local craftsmen, and the floors tiled in traditional encaustic or terracotta tiles, with touches of contemporary Cambodian crafts like water hyacinth rugs produced on the nearby Tonle Sap lake. At the same time they forgo no contemporary comforts with extra-long beds, hotel quality bedding and good strong Wifi. Generous fan-cooled balconies allow you to soak in the atmosphere of a working Cambodian street and bask in the evening breeze as the sun goes down. Daily housekeeping and natural toiletries from Bodia Spa add a special luxurious feel.
The rooms are a natural progression from the owners' experience of converting a couple of shophouses for their own use in Bangkok and creating unique holiday homes in Thailand, on the island of Koh Phangan and in Pattaya, where they have hosted hundreds of satisfied guests.