The Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
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158, Street 19 off Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Restaurant serving Asian and Western cuisine. In 2012 it relocated from Street 200 and merged with The Treez Recipe which is now also The Vegetarian. Open Mon-Sat 10:30am-8:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Organic, Western, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, Asian

56 Reviews

First Review by wonglaiheng

Great place - Edit

Interesting menu, vegan vegetarian, accommodates vegan needs, tasty food.

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freundlich, gutes englisch - Edit

Grosse Portionen, tolle Atmosphäre.

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No. - Edit

The garden is very nice, but that's all. Food isn't very good, staff is unfriendly. Don't go there after 8pm, because they will let you know that they want to close and you have to hurry up with your tasteless food... ;) Go to The Corn instead. It's just a few minutes from there.

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Mha - Edit

The food was okay but not very good, juices were watery for us too, and the staff was not very friendly. The garden is nice to take a break from the hot sun.

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Poor - Edit

Although the garden is very nice the food is bland, watery and pricey.

Cons: Prices, Taste

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The Review - Edit

A totally average establishment. Bland by name, bland by nature. The food here is not bad: it's totally fine but just absolutely nothing special. It tastes like the sort of thing you could make at least as well yourself if you had access to a kitchen and a herbs & spices cabinet. It was simply MEH'. Fine, but nothing at all to bother making the journey for, and plenty of other better options around the city. (Also, the Lonely Planet reviewer who said they served large portions here must be a single-stomached mouse, rather than a 4-chamber stomached deer. Nothing large about these portions. Like the food itself, the portions were average, at best.)

Pros: All veggie

Cons: Bland food, Had run out of lots of things, Not worth the journey

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The Vegetarian, Phnom Penh - Edit

They have some very nice food. Too bad it's not all vegan as this place could be a great all vegan resto.

If I had time I'd follow up with the Manager to ask if the cheese used is genuinely vegetarian.

Pros: Vegan friendly, Tasty food

Cons: All vegan is always better, Is the cheese genuinely vegetarian?

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Good Food, Good Location - Edit

The Vegetarian in Phnom Penh is a great veggie restaurant just minutes away from the Independence Monument. My partner and I went for lunch and order quite a feast! We were happy with all the dishes, the service was super quick and although the restaurant isn't air conditioned, there are plenty of fans to keep you fresh and cool.

We ordered:
Malaysian noodle soup - $2.00
Tofu puffs -$2.00
Fried spring rolls - $2.00
Lotus root in cashew cream - $3.00
Fresh spring rolls - $2.00

Highly recommend if you are in the area :)

Pros: Good Location , Fast Service, Fresh Food

Cons: No alcohol served

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Khmer style - ok - Edit

Nice Khmer food.
Nice soups, curries all served with rice.

Spicy or not so spicy, for me add the chilli, but sometime they don't know when to stop ....

A good option to have in Phnom Penh

Pros: Khmer, Small Place

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very good - Edit

May Kaidee's was shut and we found this lovely place down the road.
Very friendly staff and delicious cheap
Try the BBQ cashews and tofu

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tasteless Cambodian curry / water in Orange juice - Edit

nice garden / terrasse in the middle of the city.
relaxing atmosphere
I expected more about the food

Cons: unfortunately they added water in the orang juice

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Our Favorite Phnom Penh Veggie Restaurant - Edit

This is our favorite place to eat in Phnom Penh. The food is really delicious and there's a very large choice. try the Indian Curry. Fabulous. A short walk from Independence Monument.

Pros: lots of vegan dishes, friendly staff, great location

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Relaxing vegan dinner - Edit

I've just had dinner here. The place is very nice: peaceful, quiet, protected by the noisy daily routine of Phnom Penh. Food is good, but not great. I had a few dishes and they tasted all the same (good, but the same). Summer rolls were served with a hot chili sauce (I did not like it). In general, a good dinner: relaxing and good vegan food (two things that one should not take for granted in Cambodia). The only negative thing is the staff: service is slow and inefficient. I hope they will improve it. Price is higher than in the previous reviews.

Pros: location, nice relaxing place

Cons: inefficient service

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Pleasant food in quiet setting - Edit

Evening meal shared by four of us in late August 2015. We shared a variety of dishes which were all enjoyed, but nothing stood out as great. Service was ok, food was very cheap (abt US$25 incl drinks and one desert), and the place itself, although in a nice garden setting was rather spartan. The only dish worth commenting on was a hot banana in coconut mild desert which was both tasty and plentiful, enough for four. No alcohol available. Staff were keen to close up as 8pm approached

Pros: cheap, clean

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Ok food, lack of a good service - Edit

Too bad this place is so empty- the place where cafe is is super nice, outside tables surrounded by palm trees. However staff was extremely board and didn't care much about anything. There were about 5 servers and we were the only 2 customers. The staff was sitting chatting, walking arounds and just suuuuper board. Not a good image of vegetarians.. the meals are now more expensive than last reviews - $2.50. Food was good as long as it's not the pasta. Grilled veggy pasta was plain spagetti with a very plain sauce. Fried noodles however were great. Coffee was really good.
Would highly recommend the owner to retrain staff..

Pros: Great outdoor patio, Fried noodle dishes were good

Cons: Pasta dish too plain, Unprofessional staff

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Brilliant place - Edit

This restaurant was in a handy location and although it's tucked away the sign outside was very clear. The food was of amazing quality and very cheap too. We were surrounded by bamboo and the waitresses turned on the fans as soon as we sat down. They had excellent service and were helpful when we asked if things had eggs or diary as my friend is a vegan. Also try the local dessert: Cambodian banana in coconut milk it is unbelievable.

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Good food, good service located close to the center - Edit

Many options of vegan food, nice team and very good food!

Pros: Yummy food!!! for cheap price

Cons: cheap

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great food just off Independence Square - Edit

"The Vegetarian" is a two minute walk from the Independence Monument in the middle of Phenom Pheng on street 19 heading north towards the royal palace. Variety, great tasting food, good service, reasonable prices and a chilled atmosphere. I have returned for all these reasons.

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THE BEST - Edit

Cheapest prices, big portions, high quality menu. Went with three friends and we got about 8 different dishes to share. Each of us also got a fresh juice and a dessert. Bill came to $30 TOTAL for all 4 of us. can't compare!

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Exceptional - Edit

Exceptional & Excellent! During my trip here and I'll never miss out this place. The best vegetarian in town. They are located just near to street 240 and very easy to find. It's just behind the Wat Botum temple and is opposite the Villa Borann hotel at Street 19. They are serving varieties of republic foods such as Cambodian, Thai, Indian, Western, Chinese etc. Overall food are delicious and tempting. I love most the spaghetti, pumpkin soup, tom yam, amok, wraps, salad, ice cream & fresh fruits juice. Atmosphere is graceful, peaceful, relaxing, clean and full of trees surrounding. Price is inexpensive and staff are very friendly. Overall is excellent and is the best I had in Phnom Penh so far.

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Grumpy staff - Edit

First of all, the Vegetarian has a very nice garden and is an ideal place to relax from exploring Phnom Penh. However, the atmosphere was partially ruined by a grumpy waitress. She was not happy to see us at all, didn't explain the menu properly, and even seemed to be angry when we asked whether we can pay with Cambodian money instead of USD.

Although the food was OK, I can only give this place two stars for such a poor hospitality.
Updated from previous review on Saturday December 06, 2014

Cons: grumpy staff

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Lots of Choice - Edit

A beautiful little place with a varied menu at a reasonable price. Lots of actual veggies rather than fake meats.

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great food, closes too early - Edit

Must go if you are veggie, and a definite try even if you are not. Coz the food is pretty amazing. Quality is amazing and the flavours are just to die for!!

Pros: outside sitting, huge range of dishes, quick service

Cons: closes at 8:30, don't have soda

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Simple & nice - Edit

During my holiday here. I tried many vegetarian restaurants and this is No.1 that I love most. Clean & comfort, relaxing environment, lot of greenery tree, good location, friendly staff, inexpensive, variety of food choices and most important is very tempting, delicious, simple, fresh, natural, nice & fantastic even without MSG too. If you aimed for artificial mock meat, strong taste(MSG) and non vegetarian food, then this is not your choice. They have many food varieties such as Cambodian Amok, Lok Lak, Thai Mango salad, Tom Yam, Vietnamese Pho, Indian samosa, Japanese Tempura, Udon, Spaghetti, Mexico wrap, Italian salad, Chinese Mun Fan, Malaysia curry, Indonesia sambal etc... Wow! Yummy all. And don't forget to try their dessert and fresh mango passion fruit juice. Wonderful & I highly recommend here & definitely will come again.

Pros: Excellent food, Fresh & healthy, Good value

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Solid but not exceptional - Edit

After having eaten in many great restaurants on our trip so far (thanks Happy Cow!) I had high expectations for the Vegetarian. It turned out to be good, but not great, and didn't live up to my expectations.

Everything was solid and cheap, but nothing stood out. The star-anise tofu and mushroom dish had some great tofu and mushrooms in it, but the star-anise sauce was too weak for my taste.

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Delicious Food - Edit

For me, It's two thumb-up! One of a good vegetarian restaurant around Phnom Penh,Cambodia.
Price is moderate. We met the owner and she's very accommodating. Service is good. The food is very delicious.
Location is alright and accessible. Just ride Tuktuk so you will not be lost.
I'm coming back for sure!

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

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Good quality, insanely cheap - Edit

Offers a wide range of choices of Asian veggie food. I had the steamed tofu and olive paste - essentially a large block of soft tofu with an olive paste topping sitting in a soya sauce-based broth. Very pleasant without being earth-shattering. The pudding hit the mark, however - the sesame seed balls (in soya milk) in my case. Add a side of rice and fruit smoothie (several choices here too) and still got change from $7.
Hope to be back in my fortnight here to sample some other items.
Staff speak good English and are very friendly.

Pros: Price, Choice, Friendliness

Cons: Closed Sundays

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