Eat | Canvas & Orchids Restaurant
At Canvas & Orchids Retreat, our exclusive tented villas are just the beginning of what makes your stay so special. Get settled into your jungle lodge, then visit our celebrated Canvas & Orchids Restaurant to get a real ‘taste’ of Cambodia.
For your full Cambodian experience, you won’t want to miss the delicate, locally inspired cuisine and western options served at our classy on-site restaurant.
Many have said that the history of Cambodia and its people is written in their food. Cambodian or Khmer cuisine is most like that of Thailand, with many similar dishes, just with less chilly, sugar and coconut milk. Khmer cuisine also has its own distinctive flavor. This is thanks to the blends of herbs and spices mastered by ancient Khmer locals, and prahok, a fermented fish paste that balances out the other flavors.
Throughout the centuries, as settlers from France, China, and India made Cambodia their home, their global flavors influenced the taste of local Cambodian cuisine. At Canvas & Orchids Restaurant our chefs have learned to make baguettes from the French, stir-fry and curry dishes from the Chinese and Indians, and Cambodian delicacies from the great cooks who resided here for centuries.
Cambodians are known for their love of seafood and vegetables. Every day, fishermen haul in the freshest catch from the rivers and seas, while farmers collect fresh produce to sell at the local markets. A typical meal consists of salad, fish, rice, and soup.
At Canvas & Orchids Restaurant, we’ve taken the best of the local and global influences that define Cambodian cuisine and created dishes that are specially crafted to delight with every bite. In addition to local favorites, we also serve a mix of Western and Southeast Asian food.
Our menu is ever-evolving and will often depend on what the fresh produce is in that season.
Some of our most popular dishes that may make an appearance on the menu during your stay include:
Trey Deap (Fish) Amok – The country’s national treasure when it comes to cuisine
Sea fish filet slowly cooked in a coconut broth with a fragrant blend of spices, served in banana leaves. Crushed peanuts “kroeung” paste, lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, garlic, shallot, lime leaf and dried chilli are only some ingredients of our Chef’s secret recipe.
Fried seafood in Green Koh Kong Peppercorns – it cannot get more local
In high fire, and with generous amount of ground pepper, shrimps and squid are stir-fried with long finger chili and fresh green peppercorns that have been grown and harvested in the region of Koh Kong.
Chicken Khmer Curry
With freshly made kroeung paste – blended Khmer spices – lemongrass, turmeric, galangal, garlic, shallot, lime leaf and dried chilly, cubed chicken is added in, then mixed with seasonal vegetables grown in Koh Kong region – baby eggplant, broccoli, potato and carrots. Fresh lime leaf is added for that extra spice.
If you have a sweet tooth, try one of our desserts, including the most famous Cambodian dessert of all: sticky rice!
Each meal can be paired with a sommelier’s choice of fine wines and spirits or with a choice from our selection of soft drinks including fresh juices, smoothies and sodas.
If you have any special dietary requirements we’ll do our absolute best to adapt our menu and dishes to accommodate you. Please just be sure to let our team know ahead of time.
At Canvas & Orchids Restaurant, you will dine al fresco, surrounded by the calm waters of the Tatai River and the verdant green rainforest. Listen to the sounds of forest birds as you sip on delicious cocktails, and enjoy an occasional light breeze that caresses the untouched beauty surrounding you.
It’s a dining experience like no other, flavorsome cuisine complemented by a tropical paradise setting. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you have a wonderful experience every single time you dine with us. They are on hand to help you navigate our most popular local dishes.
Our Canvas & Orchids Restaurant is ideal for a spot of romance. Bring your loved one and enjoy a very special food experience. There’s plenty of space for private conversation and a unique atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else.
One of a Kind Dining Experience
Every single thing that we do at Canvas & Orchids Retreat is designed to exemplify and preserve the beauty and culture that surrounds us.
Canvas & Orchids Restaurant is no exception. It’s an extension of this commitment, honouring the cuisine of our homeland and the natural paradise that makes up the setting for our luxury resort.
We’ve taken great care to highlight both the best of local flavors and the flavors that inspired it, whilst also offering flavors that global travelers would hope to find in a first-class restaurant.
We always endeavor to ensure you have the most incredible dining experience possible at our restaurant. We’re delighted to be able to offer such an exquisite dining setting in the midst of our luxury jungle eco-lodge. We look forward to providing you with a dining experience to remember.