Eat: La Marmite

Not long after moving to Phnom Penh, we met a lovely French couple who had been working here for a number of years.  We naturally asked them to recommend a good French restaurant.  They suggested La Marmite.

So one evening, a few weeks later, we headed to Street 108 to check it out.  We arrived at a restaurant on a dark corner, which at first glance appeared to be closed and we almost didn't get off our bike. Thankfully we did and this has been one of our favourite restaurants ever since.  We had that satisfied feeling of finding a hidden gem.  In reality, La Marmite is well-known in Phnom Penh, and they have since renovated and it now looks a bit more inviting from the outside.  It's still probably our favourite French restaurant in Phnom Penh, and it's never disappointed.

In addition to the regular menu, their blackboard menu changes regularly.  I personally think this is one of the best places in Cambodia to get a good steak at a reasonable price.

They also make the best French Onion Soup I have ever tasted.  Served in an oven dish and topped with chunks of bread and generous amounts of cheese.

We went for the set menu, which offers two courses for under $10.  We had the plat du jour, which was chicken in a tarragon cream sauce.  The chicken was succulent and the sauce delicious.  The servings here are always very generous.

We selected the creme caramel for dessert.  I'm not normally a fan, but this one was delicious.  If you are ordering from the menu I also highly recommend the creme brulee (it's big enough for two).

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