Friends the Restaurant

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House #215, Phnom Penh, Cambodia - (+855) 12 802 072
Friends the Restaurant - Wontons, curry and rice
Friends the Restaurant - Coconut lime cake with passion fruit syrup

Friends the Restaurant Phnom Penh Reviews

joenatravels joenatra…
18 reviews
Great foods for a good cause Oct 02, 2011
Friends Restaurant was on my top 5 things to do during my visit to Phnom Penh. This restaurant is owned by an NGO that helps street kids get on their feet by teaching them how to cook and serve foods.

The foods here ranges from $5 to $10 and they are all delicious and creatively presented in a fine dining setting. It maybe a little pricey compared to some places in Phnom Penh, but knowing that it is for a good cause makes it all worth it. You cannot go wrong with their cocktails and desserts as well.

The place is usually crowded at night, so it is wise to book a table beforehand. I do recommend this place to anyone who is in Phnom Penh or is planning to visit.
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Lupobianco says:
A great place and a really good review.
Posted on: Mar 22, 2014
Hadi25 says:
Love this place totally ...
Food excellent ... Love the Hummus
Posted on: Nov 30, 2011
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najiah10 najiah10
4 reviews
FRiENDS the Restaurant Aug 24, 2008
A group of us went to the "FRIENDS the Restaurant" for a hearty dinner on our only night in Phnom Penh. It's a pretty decent restaurant with cosy lively decor, awesome food and great service. The thing I loved most about this place was the ambience.

Also, what makes this establishment special is the fact that it's part of a non-profit effort to reduce the number of youth living on the streets of Phnom Penh. The effort aims at honing their skills at survival and working towards a brighter future. This restaurant is run by youths who were once living on the streets. Currently, I believe most of them are undergoing some form of entrepreneurial hands-on training.

Most of the young waiters and waitresses in the restaurants who served us were once living on the streets. So it was really heartwarming to see how much their lives have changed from this programme.

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If you ever drop by Phnom Penh, do stop by "FRIENDS the Restaurant" and support their cause!
worldcitizen worldcit…
84 reviews
"A non-profit restaurant run by former street youths in training" Mar 05, 2008
This is the most popular and I think the original of all the non-profit restaurants in Phnom Penh. We tried to go there for lunch, but it was already fully booked so we ended up going there for dinner. The inside of the restaurant is very colorful and artistic. The walls are bright and decorated with art that I think is made by kids who are part of the Friends program.

This is a tapas style place so they recommend that you order a couple of dishes. I had some sort of wontons and some sort of curry. I think most people would be fine with sharing an appetizer and ordering one main dish. I had coconut lime cake with passion fruit syrup for dessert.

After the great experience at Romdeng earlier in the day, I expected a lot from Friends. It was good but it didn't quite meet my expectations. I thought the food, atmosphere and service were better at Romdeng, but Friends is still a great place and I would recommend both restaurants.
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