Veiyo Tonle Restaurant Phnom Penh Reviews
Feb 02, 2007
This little place is run by a charming fellow named Neth Lay and his wife Thavy as a vehicle for raising funds for the NCCLA, or New Cambodian Children's Light Assoiation, which looks after some 25 disadvantaged Cambodian children, feeding, clothing, educating and loving them.
It's a tiny little place, hidden behind a forest of potted palms, with a permanent group of child street booksellers camped out the front. We larter discovered this to be because these children feel safest in front of Veiyo Tonle, with Neth who keeps an eye on them to make sure that they are safe. Neth's passion for helping Cambodia's next generation, nurturing the future leaders of the country is evident within the restaurant, with photos of 'his' children displayed proudly on the walls.
The food here is good. It was fresh, well prepared and excellent value for the tourist, considering that all profits are used to look after the children. The staff are very friendly and happy to engage in conversation. The "Maitre'D" of the place, Eap, is a very helpful and obliging young man, and Neth often makes an appearance outside of his kitchen, his jolly beaming face full of thanks for everyone who dines at the VT.
On the weekend, the children of the NCCLA perform traditional Apsara dances for the diners, and it was a suprise to us to discover that children so young were the most accomplished dancers of any were saw in Cambodia.
The Veiyo Tonle has a lovely, family atmosphere to it. We had the fortune of working with Neth and the children whilst we were there and I would reccommend it to any visitor to Phnom Penh. They need all the help they can get, as all their funds come from private donations and teh money earned from the restaurant.
So go there for good company of the charming, cheeky kids which crowd your table, for the excellent food (The Veggie Curry is top notch), and for the satisfaction of knowing that even by having a small meal, you're helping to keep 25 beautiful children healthy.
Part of the Cambodia, Feb 2007 travel blog
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