Angkor Cambodian Café
1810 Chambers Street
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 343-0485

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

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What happened to that crappy restaurant with the unreadable sign that used to be here? Who knows, but let’s give its replacement, Angkor Cambodian Café, a try.

Basically, it’s a Vietnamese pho restaurant with some small differences. Yes, I know, this is an over simplification, and you are a genius since you know about Cambodia, and I am an idiot American, blah, blah, blah. Onward!

Item #1 on the menu is a Cambodian take on Vietnamese pho with the biggest difference being that the soup is pork-based rather than beef-based. But once all the spices are added, there is not much of a difference in my view. It’s a nicely done dish, and the pho noodles are cooked perfectly. My only complaint is that it comes with cilantro instead of Thai basil. Not sure if this is because it is Cambodian or just because Thai basil is more expensive. Never fear, they will happily substitute Thai basil on request. I highly recommend this swap. With cilantro, it’s a three star dish, but with Thai basil, it’s a solid four star dish.

Item #4 or #5 (I forget which) is Vietnamese pho with a beef soup base. Same problem with the cilantro, and same solution of asking them to swap for Thai basil. Again, four stars with Thai basil.

The fried spring roll thingys tasted ok but were a little disappointing due to their very skimpy size. I would not order them again.

The curry noodles are a weird duck. The curry-based soup was delicious EXCEPT it was luke warm. The noodles are not pho noodles but instead are what we call “mian xian” in China…or maybe they are more like “mi fen”? Either way, Angkor’s version of these noodles is a little too soft for my taste. Plus they added a boat load of vegetables on top. Definitely enough to excite a vegetarian BUT the ugly chunks of dark meat chicken certainly will NOT make said vegetarian happy. Overall, a swing and a big miss on this one.

[Dear reader, please skip this next paragraph; this section is just a reminder for my own reference]
That said, I’m plotting to ask them to substitute this delicious curry soup base into the Vietnamese pho dish next time I visit; nice pho noodles with the typical side veggies of bean sprouts, jalapeño, lime, and Thai basil PLUS this nice curry soup base. (Hopefully the curry soup pot will be hotter than last time).
[OK, now I’m back. You can start reading again below.]

Other misc. info: Order at the front then sit down and wait for the food to be delivered. Excellent friendly service. Staff seems very happy, and the boss seems like a reasonable guy. I was not thrilled to see the cashier doing double duty wrapping spring rolls with her bare hands after handling cash. Gross! Aside from this “ebola cash hands” issue, the place is spotlessly clean, including the bathrooms. Let’s hope they keep it this way. Thankfully, the creepy Oregon video lottery area has been removed; can anyone tell me why the hell restaurants and bars insist on having these areas?! Yeah, some extra money for sure, but they are a magnet for low IQ losers and not good for the overall atmosphere of any reasonable business establishment. Get rid of ’em!

Summary: Nothing fancy and a few misses, but the key dishes are good. Go, but don’t you dare steal my idea about swapping the curry soup base into the pho dish!

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 51 vote, average: 4.00 out of 5

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