Malis Restaurant, Phnom Penh - review by Rusty Compass
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Malis Restaurant, Phnom Penh

| 08 Mar 2015
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Malis Restaurant, Phnom Penh
136 Preah Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
+855 89 212 888
Lunch and dinner 7 days


Price guide: $$$

Our rating
08 Mar 2015

Malis is a good choice for a comfortable introduction to Cambodian cuisine, or a dressed up night out of local flavours in a fancy setting.

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Malis Review

I’ve been visiting Malis for a few years now and the place has never put a foot wrong. It’s the first of two popular upscale restaurants from Cambodia’s most celebrated chef, Luu Meng.  

Each night, Malis packs in affluent looking locals, dressed up tourists and international business types for what is considered a premium Khmer dining experience. You’ll have to negotiate what looks like a Lexus carpark out the front to get in.

If that sounds like you, then Malis is your place.

The menu is vast, the food tasty and the presentation’s impressive. Given all those Lexus parked out front, the price premium for the setting and service is also reasonable.

For me though, Malis feels a tad stiff. It’s a little more formal than what I’m usually looking for when I travel.  

Plenty of travellers and travel writers rave about the place and international recognition for Luu Meng as one of Asia’s finest chefs continues to grow.

If you want a drink after dinner, you’re right on St 308 so you can pop down to one of the cozy little designer bars just down the road.

Rusty Compass reviews are always independent and disclosure is important to us. We paid our way in full on our visits to Malis. We have neither sought nor received any inducement financial or otherwise to publish this review.

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