Besto Restaurant and Mart

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House no. 74-76, 126 Sokhalay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

A family-run vegetarian Indian food restaurant and grocery store located across near the central market. Owner will point out the vegan suitable dishes. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Khmer

28 Reviews

First Review by Seksan

This restaurant is 2nd. rate at best. - Edit

It took about 40 minutes for the food to arrive, it seemed obvious that the food was not being made fresh but stored and then reheated...again....and again...
Not only is the food not very tasty because of this, but swimming in oil.
People who give a good review of the food here must not know what a good, fresh dish of Indian food tastes like.
Either that or it's a fake review. Seriously.
You pay no less here than at any other Indian restaurant that will serve you actual fresh Indian food.
The environment is also not very well lit.
They are obviously trying to save money on their electric bill.
I regret having taken some friends that I met here in Cambodia to this restaurant.

"The restaurant rating system is set to disallow a "1 Star" overall rating for any restaurant that is vegan or vegetarian.

We do this to show extra support & consideration for fully vegan and vegetarian businesses."

This is why I gave 2 stars...now imagine NO stars.

Pros: I can't think of any.

Cons: The food is pretty reheated, tired and replayed...

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Tasty, good value for money - Edit

The family who own this restaurant are lovely and very welcoming. The dishes are great, we've been twice and have yet to be disappointed. There are so many options on the menu: they do Indian, Khmer and Western food (including a falafel wrap)! Most of the items are vegan, you can double check with them because they know what that means.

Pros: Tasty food , Great service , Extensive menu

Cons: No cons

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so so oily - Edit

We got to this empty restaurant/shop and we have ordered few dishes. One was not brought down. Everything was swimming in oil. And I know Indian cuisine. This was over the top. In the WC no toilet paper. Bill was incorrect but the owner apologized and changed to what is should be. I have spent night in the toilet giving it to the mother nature by both ends. Not nice. Avoid.

Pros: many vegan options

Cons: not so cheep and hygienic as the flyer says.

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Spicy Vegetarian Find - Edit

Had a Menu for 6$ with free Water. For Cambodia it's not cheap but totally fine. Well located near the market. Extensive Menu and super friendly people there.

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Average - Edit

Nice owner and staff but the food we ordered was just average (paneer and kofta) - they were lacking some spices or more intense flavours. European prices - it tries to be some kind of luxurious restaurant but in fact is very simle.

Cons: Prices, Dished should have more character

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Great, authentic Indian food, excellent service! - Edit

We loved this place! Very centrally located next to the Central Market. The staff were genuine, spoke excellent English and helpful when I required what was Vegan. Free filtered table water provided throughout the meal. Most of the curries were vegan too, the menu is very big so much choice, maybe a bit overwhelming. I had a samosa to start and a lentil dahl with a plain roti and some mushroom rice. All very tasty but ordered too much food. Reasonable prices too. If I come back to Phnom Penh I will definitely come here. Must try if you're in the area.



Updated from previous review on 2017-02-26

Pros: Great service! , Free drinking water, Centrally located

Cons: Vegan isn't labelled but asking is easy enough.

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Delicious and nutritious - Edit

-Very friendly owner
-Delicious Indian food (not spicy if you ask)
-Big menu with also many VEGAN options. Most of the dishes are with lentils, chickpeas... so enough proteins :-)
-Also desserts on the menu
-Big portions
-Inexpensive (2-8 usd), a big falafel is 3 usd

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Indeed the 'Besto' - Edit

Taking the bus in from the Phnom Penh Airport is cheap but tiring, especially after two flights to get there. Luckily, once we got into town, we went here to eat. The owner was incredibly nice, making suggestions when it became clear that we were overwhelmed by the options on the menu.

The meal was great and afterwards I asked if he knew where we might be able to get cardamom as they don't have it where I live, I figured an Indian restaurant owner would know. He told me to come back in a few days.

A few days later, there was still no cardamom but he told me to hold on, made a phone call and a guy came whizzing up on a motorcycle with a bag in hand.

The point is, the owner really goes out of his way to help you out and the food is really good. It's worth the stop.

Pros: Incredibly nice owner, Great food

Cons: Food takes a while, but it's worth it.

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big menu - Edit

Big menu, very good falafel

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charming owner - Edit

Lovely owner. Offered free refills on food!
Happily accommodated vegan requirements.
Great flavored.

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So much good vegan food. - Edit

Delicious food on their Thali plates and they will let you know all of their vegan dishes if you just let them know you are vegan!

The food is delicious and it was a *lot* of food! Plus the owner offered me refills on the food. And of course their dahl was delicious.

Pros: Great tasting food and a lot of food., Centrally located near, Nice owners and fun to talk with

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delicious food, friendly owner/staff - Edit

The very friendly owner can show you the vegan dishes and help you pick the right spiciness. All the food I tried was delicious. A bit more expensive then the khemer vegetarian restaurants, but definitely worth it.

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Worth Missing the Bus For. - Edit

I got up early enough to be able to come here before catching a bus out of town. Conveniently located close to the central bus hub and majority of the minivan companies, it was an extremely welcome start to the day. Extensive menu of vego items, numerous vegan opportunities, extremely friendly owners and delicious food. No problem at all with having to wait, everything was perfectly timed. I will definitely be back next time I'm in Phnom Penh. Thank-you!

Pros: Extensive menu, No meat!, Great welcome and attentive owners

Cons: Was leaving town, so couldn't try everything!

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5 stars - Edit

Firstly, the owner is very accommodating and helpful. Lovely man, who is enthusiastic about veganism. Discussed Forks over Knives with us. The food is absolutely delicious! We went back a second time as it was so good. The owner can help identify which dishes are vegan, and there are plenty. Highly recommend Bestos.

Pros: Friendly environment, Delicious food, Great price

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Brilliant food and service - Edit

The service was very personalized by the restaurant owner Mr. Rajan. After one week of eating Khmer cuisine daily, this was a welcome change and tasted just like in India

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Get the samosa's then run away - Edit

We ate on a Sunday morning and we're the only customers so I expected a wait for the food to be prepared. It took about 45 minutes until we we're served. No problem on the wait if the food was wonderful, unfortunately it wasn't. ASIDE from having the best samosa outside of India, the rest of it was about the worst food in my life. On a consolation, it was the first time an Indian replaced food for free.

With all the amazing reviews of the place I will probably try it again one day. All places can have a bad day.

Pros: Service and kindness, Samosa's

Cons: rest of the food

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I recommend eating here - Edit

I had a really good experience eating at this restaurant!
The food was delicious and the owner was really nice and helpful and pointed out the vegan meals
Will definitely come back!

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Incredible food experience - Edit

My partner and I loved it so much we came back a second time for more. Great service, amazing veriety of food, vegan friendly.

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Amazing vegan food ! - Edit

We find this jem just yesterday And we couldn't believe how large is the menù full of vegan options .
You have to come there probably more than 10 Times to try everything .
The food is amazing . We tried a deliciuos lentil soup, samosas, lentil patties And a huge fresh salad .
The owner is so nice And helpfull And you feel to be at home
Definitively a place to go if you are here . Don't miss it , it s amazing !!!

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Amazing people,amazing food - Edit

I have been coming to besto for a few weeks now and as a vegan I was very happy to be shown what on their menu was vegan friendly. This is just one example of many of Bestos helpful an home like environment. I would definitely suggest this place for anyone traveling through or staying in Phnom Penh as it will a unique experience all to it's own.

Pros: Food, Large menu, Amazing staff and home like feel

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you'll want to go back again and again - Edit

What a stroke of luck having this place in Phnom Penh - highly recommended!

This is a nice, friendly place behind the Central Market - the location indicator is spot on (thank you!) and Besto is easy to find by tuk tuk or on foot. I walked straight up from the river, when I got to the central market, I veered right and then straight up again until I got to the Zing Hotel.

A relaxed, friendly welcome, I've felt comfortable each time I been there - the menu is extensive, but from what I've tried so far, each item is prepared well and is tasty.

The food here is simply great, freshly prepared to order and consistently good!
I've already tried three different meals (all Indian) and enjoyed them all immensely.

I like the fact that this is vegetarian Indian restaurant and not an Indian restaurant with some vegetarian options - that in itself is a big draw, but well worth coming here anyway for the obvious care and attention that is placed on the food and the hospitality.

The Indian food is cooked home style and is hot, tasty and faultless. (If you want, you can even get an ice cold beer.) I also enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, there is no loud music playing, wall fans keep you cool, and the owners are polite, friendly and will chat without imposing on your space if you want to be alone.

Pricewise, a filling meal is relatively inexpensive, I paid between 5-10 dollars on each visit, which I feel is very reasonable for freshly prepared food of this quality.

I'm not sure if it's a smoking restaurant, there is a seating/smoking area outside, but last time I noticed someone smoking inside (by mistake?), so I can't say for certain.

I've been here several times and plan to head back after the new year and can't wait to go back, a great find in Phnom Penh.

Pros: all vegetarian. Excellent food, friendly, comfortable, inexpensive, short walk from the River

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A Culinary Haven in Phnom Penh - Edit

Off to the side of Central Market and next to Hotel Zing lies one of the finest Indian restaurants I have ever frequented. One naturally comes to Besto for the delicious curries and wide array of dishes, but it is the warmth and loving nature of the family that keeps me coming back again and again. The local staff is polite and attentive to customers. There are items here most Indian restaurants in Cambodia simply don't have, and you can get a gargantuan veggie burger or falafel at a reasonable price. Chaat, thalis, breads, K'may dishes and even some Thai on the menu. I suggest the $4 thali or in case of a bigger appetite, the $6 thali is magnificent, complete with wonderful chapatis. The decor is simple complete with a comfortable environment to enjoy your meal. Beware: you will become a repeat customer.

Pros: Food, Service, Selection

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Amazing food great service - Edit

Went to besto the other day and got the burger and the chile puri that Was amazing. Im a hard guy to fill up, my mom says i eat like 2 line backers. But i left Besto having spent less that 5$ and being full which hasnt happened since vitenam where you can get a full plate of rice and veggies for 50 cents (i ate 4). The owner is extremely nice and we struck up conversation before i left. I will hopefully be back and being some friends

Pros: Cheap, Filling, Delicious

Cons: Hard to find kind of, In a strange alleyway

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Quiet and welcoming little gem of a place. - Edit

Family run restaurant just near Central Market which became a regular refuge from the heat and fast paced nature of the city.
Owners are lovely people who are more than welcoming and happy to accommodate vegans, although a huge percentage of the menu is animal product free anyway.
They have a wide variety of options and the food is delicious, would definitely recommend to anybody who enjoys a peaceful atmosphere and some hearty meals for decent prices. Look forward to coming back some time.

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delicious, hearty wholesome food!! - Edit

I had a great first impression on arrival with a warm, welcoming smile from the owner who throughout the course of the meal made every effort to accommodate without being intrusive in any way. The food speaks for itself. Perfect about of spice and generous portions. After a few visits now it appears that the dishes are of consistent quality, ie; delicious! = ) for me, friendly staff make you feel at home and this place definitely ticked that box for me.

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Wonderful place, very vegan friendly - Edit

This was our favourite place to eat in Phnom Penh. It is a family run vegetarian Indian restaurant (and also they don't use eggs), the owner Rajan is all to happy to veganise most dishes on the menu. He is easy to communicate with, flexible and always happy to meet new people. The restaurant has a homely feel and is the kind of place you can relax and spend some time, without feeling that you have to leave straight after you've eaten.
The food itself was delicious and even after we left I was craving more!

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly owner, vegan friendly

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Great vegetarian spot with lots of vegan options. - Edit

Besto has a large menu with lots of options to choose from. Many of the options are vegan. The owner is extremely nice, pleasant and helpful. He helped us by offering some great, tasty menu suggestions. If you let him know you're vegan he will make recommendations based on that. Overall, Besto is a great place to eat near the Central Market in Phnom Pehn. I highly recomend stopping by!

Pros: Lots of vegan options. Helpful owner.

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