Bryse and I had a chance to check out this busy intersection a few weeks ago and were impressed with the amount of culinary options available.
Not a place for quiet reflection, the intersection is constantly busy with traffic whizzing by and people going about their business. Sitting in the heaving Sok San Restaurant for our initial meal of the night, we could tell this was a great spot to experience a bit of local flavor.
We only had a couple of dishes at Sok San but they were both excellent and quite cheap. It’s probably best to go with a larger group to get an sampling of the extensive menu.
After our meal and a few beers at Sok San, we headed south on Street 51 to a set of barbecue meat restaurants that looked promising. They did not disappoint.
Not much variety but who cares when there’s meat on a stick. You get grilled pork or a grilled pork sausage, a spicy sweet mango salad side and a baguette. All for the cheap price of 1,500 riel per skewer.
We were a bit shocked with the baguette which we thought was slathered with butter but was actually spread with honey.
All in all a nice little find if you are interested in a cheap snack.
Next we headed off to Street 136 just east of Street 51 where a bunch of fruit shake and sandwich places dot the sidewalk.
We didn’t get the shakes as I was interested in the sandwiches. I have been searching Phnom Penh for a great sandwich place and was hoping these places would deliver.
Less like sandwiches and more like a pate dish with a baguette on the side, I can’t really fault the quality of the food as it was quite tasty. I just kinda hoped for a banh mi styled sandwich. The pate was nice and flavorful and the pickles offered underneath were nice and crunchy.
So there you have it. Not really a review but more like an overview of the different culinary options that dot the area around Street 51 and 136.