Top Restaurants in Kampot
For being such a tiny town, Kampot sure has a lot of delicious places to eat. Really, when I think back on the trip, food is the main thing that stands out in my mind. I feel like all we did was motorbike and eat - #standard. At this point in the trip, we were a bit amok and lok lak-ed out (Cambodia's most famous dishes), so unfortunately I'm not featuring any great Khmer restaurants here, but I definitely know Kampot has them! Here are a few of the stand out spots we tried on our trip:
We passed by this cute little restaurant and bakery loads of times while cruising around town and I always recognized it by the Tiffany-blue bird logo. One sweaty afternoon we stopped in to try the ice cream and loved the rich, milky flavor of it, and the adorable interior of the restaurant, so much that we went back the following morning for breakfast.
What to Order
The ice cream is seriously to-die-for, especially on a scorching day in Cambodia (which I'm convinced is every day). And although they lived up to their moniker, Sophon's Ugly Eggs were a fun twist on scrambled eggs with big chunks of tomatoes, potatoes and sausage. OH! One last thing - they actually serve you a big (FREE!) pitcher of water when you sit down. I know the Americans won't see the excitement in this, but it's almost unheard of in Asia.
If you ask any other traveler or expat in Kampot for a recommendation on where to eat, this will be the place. And for good reason. Boasting that they have the #1 ribs in all of Cambodia, their claims are not empty. I would even go as far as saying that they're the best ribs I've ever had. Right on the riverfront, this place is always packed, serving up their famous ribs and plenty of other Western and Khmer favorites.
What to Order
I think this one is pretty obvious. I can't stress enough how good these were. So meaty. Full of flavor. And this entire plate (including two sides) only cost us $8 USD. The portion size was so generous that we couldn't even finish it all between the two of us.
This was another place we kept driving by that lured me in with its oh-so-French-looking design and décor. The outdoor patio was begging me to spend hours having a lazy brunch and the bright, open interior decorated to evoke memories of French Indochina proved to be the perfect place to post up and blog on a quiet afternoon. La Java Bleue also doubles as a chic boutique guesthouse that would be my first choice to stay in upon returning to Kampot.
What to Order
We only had the treat of enjoying a leisurely breakfast here one morning, but even though it was quite simple, it tasted great and had presentation to boot. With a French chef heading the kitchen, I knew I couldn't go wrong with a ham and cheese crêpe and a full-bodied coffee to get the day started.