Ivy Bar & Restuarant
The Ivy has a long traditional of providing fantastic budget food to travellers since it opened in 1999. Right back in 2000 Karl and Van were feeding and watering the crew for the Tombraider movie. Since then the Ivy menu has grown and developed and provides great meals from across Cambodia, Asia and the world. There is even a fantastic vegetarian menu (something that’s not always easy to find in Cambodia).
The lounge, restaurant and bar provides a relaxing atmosphere, nestled between the plants and ivy it feels a million miles away from the bustle and noise of pub street despite being just around the corner. The staff are attentive but not pushy and can provide a wealth of knowledge if you get to know them, they have all been working at the Ivy for many years and swapped stories with a host of previous guests.
Come and visit the regular tapas evenings where everything is just US$1, yes that’s right, everything on the menu for just US$1 per dish, including cocktails, beer, deserts, tapas. Or check out the regular world food evenings ranging from bbq’s to curry evenings. If your very nice and Vannary’s in a good mood you may even get to sample one of her new dishes as a freebie.
The Ivy restaurant has proved an institution to many travellers and has stayed with people who are now long established residents of Siem Reap. There are a number of firm favourites such as the all day breakfasts, Mexican burritos and the fruit smoothies as well as the provision of a great vegetarian selection. The food at the Ivy is known as being some of the best value food available in town.
The bar has always been a place to share stories and experiences with other travellers over a drink and the Ivy has a well earned reputation of being a local hang out. The bar provides a great opportunity to learn a bit about local life from some Siem Reap residents or longer term guests. You can also chat with Vannary and the staff, who have more than their share of tips and recommendations if you take the time to get to know them a little. It’s also a well reported tip that Ivy serves the coldest beer in Siem Reap.