The Common Tiger, Phnom Penh

Thursday, 27 February 2014

The Common Tiger is an orange and black butterfly that gives me the creeps when I think about it. (Butterflies/moths are my worst fear) (Weird, I know) Luckily, this Common Tiger is a delightful restaurant tucked away amongst mango trees with a sprawling wooden patio and open plan mid-century architecture, and heavenly food.

The initial plan was to come here for the $50 four course degustation dinner, but I realized that I wouldn't be able to finish four courses, so we came for lunch instead. And it was delicious.

We had refreshing smoothies to start: pineapple $3.50, and mango $3.00. 

The menu here changes once or twice a week, depending on the chef's inspiration. This makes me so happy, because it means the food is always fresh and adapted to whatever is available locally, and that he is constantly experimenting and creating new and amazing dishes. The chef is South African Timothy Bruyns, who has worked all over Asia and Africa in luxury resorts, including Song Saa Resort, a private island heaven off the coast of Sihanoukville. Click on the link to explode with envy and excitement and happiness. 

Anyway, we were spoiled for choice here, because although there were only six or seven items on the menu, they all sounded so delicious. 

Braised then glazed pork ribs with som tam and sticky rice. $9. 
The ribs were so tender that they fell right off the bone, and were perfectly seasoned.

The som tam was just the right amount of spiciness and provided the perfect tang to accompany the richness of the ribs. And sticky rice is so much better than real rice, and all three components of the dish went so well together. 

Pan roasted sea bass with new potatoes, salsa and sauce vinaigrette. $12.00.
The fish was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth, and the baby potatoes were soft and fluffy. The sauce was heaven sauce. 

Unfortunately we were too full after eating that we couldn't have dessert! It was some sort of dark chocolate concoction that sounded divine, and I'm sure it would have been. I highly recommend everyone to come here (please!), and if you try the degustation menu please let me know! They also had a three course lunch special for $20, which is amazing value considering one of the mains (a pork belly dish - my ultimate weakness) was $18 (which you could pick as part of your lunch special). 

This restaurant makes me so happy, I would gladly eat here a thousand more times and not get sick of it. <3 It's definitely one of the best restaurants in Phnom Penh, and so affordable. 

No. 20, Street 294
BKK 1, Phnom Penh
+855 23 212 917
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 12pm - 10pm


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