Rohatt Cafe is located in the well-designed King’s Road complex, a collection of restaurants & handicraft shops on Achar Sva St., next door to Hard Rock Cafe Siem Reap. Despite its somewhat “touristy location”, Rohatt Cafe’s food is the closest to authentic Cambodian I’d found in that area - very near the Old Market (Psar Char) and the infamous Pub Street (Siem Reap’s version of Khao San Rd in Bangkok).
We ordered some basic local dishes for a light lunch:
- Prahok Kroeung Kh’tih - a spicy, creamy prahok (fermented fish sauce) dip with minced pork (like Thai khao tang na tang), served with a selection of raw vegetables like long beans, cabbage, cucumber, baby eggplant & saw-tooth mint. We rather enjoyed the version here - the dip was slightly on the salty side, but pretty flavoursome, with pea eggplants floating on top, and sufficient coconut milk to lend it a rich flavour.
- Amok Trei - we finally found a version served the way it should be served: with a delicate custardy texture, unlike the soupy, thin curry version served to the foreigners/overseas tourists at the Pub Street/Old French Quarter area. Sure, the flavours here are still not as pronounced as I’d expected (e.g. as in Thai hor mok), but I’m a virtual novice where Cambodian food is concerned. Pleasingly, amok trei here is a served with a side of stir-fried water spinach with garlic & fish sauce here - a nice touch.
- Kho - soy-braised pig’s trotters with hard-boiled egg & tofu puffs. This is a very common home-cooked dish for the Southern Chinese and is comfort food for me. Done very well here.
What I really appreciated about Rohatt Cafe is that it offers simple dishes, done very well and with somewhat familiar flavours. This place is definitely a keeper.
Achar Sva Street, King Road
Krong Siem Reap 17000, Cambodia
Tel: +855 93 888 500
Opening hours: 7am to 11pm daily