Kroya offers blends international as well as local product, combining fresh ingredients, native herbs and spices to create innovative, palette pleasing flavours.

A must try restaurant at Siem Reap which also the writer favourite restaurant is Kroya which located at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection. Kroya which means “food” in Khmer, Shinta Mani’s heritage inspires this unique restaurant. Looking at Kroya’s menu, you do not need to ask what the recommendation is, as every single dish in here is just delicious.

The executive chef Reza Kurniawan prepared a simple menu that is full of flavours. During my stay here, I had fun trying on dishes which never once failed me. While dining here, make sure you try the Tiramisu which is the best Tiramisu I have ever had in my life, delicious is an understatement when describing it.

I am not an outdoor person, but while dining at Kroya, I love to seat at one of the Khmer swings, enjoying the gentle breeze while savouring my mouth watering food.

Curious about Khmer culinary, I tried the authentic taste of traditional cuisine with Kroya’s 7 set Khmer Tasting Menu which follows the seasons and the local harvest. This set menu is very recommended; each dish is simply delicious. It is evident that both presentation and taste play an essential part here at Kroya.

Still curious about Khmer food, the next day, Executive Chef Reza took me to a traditional market which is very interesting. So many fresh meats and seafood are sold here. The market is very vibrant, and I had fun learning about local produce, herbs, and spices that I have never known before.

After the trip to the market, we went back to the hotel and its time for my cooking class. A typical meal of traditional Khmer cuisine consists of a soup, salad, fish course, meat dish, vegetables, and rice. So I learnt how to cook mango salad, fish amok, sour beef soup and sticky rice dumplings. The chefs were outstanding at teaching me how to cook that even for someone who very rarely cooks like me found the cooking class very interesting. Once, the dishes were ready, I then eat them for lunch and enjoyed my own Khmer cuisine.

Text by Melani Semuel | Photos courtesy of Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection

Kroya at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection
Junction of Oum Khun Street,
Siem Reap – Cambodia
Phone. +855 63 964 234

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