About Mel C
Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
I was born in Mauritius, Africa and grew up in Vancouver, Canada since I was two years old. After 25 years of my life growing up in Canada, I had an irresistible urge to live somewhere else for an experience and because I knew there was so much more of the world to see. In 2013 I quit my full-time jobs to work for an NGO in Cambodia for 7 months. I then went to 5 other countries in Southeast Asia, met hundreds of people and it was the best year of my life. I can't seem to stay away from Cambodia for very long now I'm working for a travel company during my time here and loving it. I've met some of the most generous people I've met in my life in Cambodia. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle, cycling, hosting dinners and enjoying the company of funny people.
There are many decent pizzerias around Phnom Penh, but Luigi’s is hands down one of the best in Cambodia! Located in a small alley, this little restaurant is always packed with people indulging in delicious appetizers before diving into the thin crust pizzas covered in high quality, yummy toppings. In 2012 the owner took a trip around Italy, sampling regional dishes that inspired the current menu. All the ingredients are homemade or imported from Italy, and customers are offered antipasti (starters), pizzas, and tiramisu, which was introduced in response to high customer demand for a dessert on the menu.
Not only are the food portions as generous as they are delicious, but all the profits from Sugar and Spice go toward providing former sex workers with life skills and alternative employment — and with a high success rate. Plus, the staff here are trained by an experienced chef from New Zealand and have opportunities for promotion within the restaurant, moving up to positions like barista trainer or front-of-house manager. Needless to say, the food prepared is of top quality. This wonderful restaurant is in the center of town, not too far from the river, so definitely save at least one meal for Sugar and Spice.
I always recommend Sher-e-Punjab because this spot consistently provides tasty Punjabi dishes for their customers with a fantastic blend of spices, and this is coming from someone who has very high standards for Indian food! You can choose from a huge list of dishes, including an endless variety of curries, dahl and naan bread. The base for most of the curries includes onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes, which packs the food with flavor, and then each dish is layered with spices and other fresh ingredients. It's best to share a few dishes with others in true Indian fashion and indulge in the flavors together.
There aren't too many places around the city where you can watch people making your noodles by hand right in front of you, but you can at Mama Wong's. Come here if you want a more authentic Asian dining experience — particularly if you like dumplings — in a place that's popular among locals. The prices are reasonable and you won't leave disappointed.
This small and welcoming restaurant was established by a Japanese and American couple who came to Cambodia to create both traditional and non-traditional dishes, mixing Japanese, Chinese, and American flavors. The lunch and dinner menu have a range of options of small but well-executed dishes with diverse tastes.
If you are craving quality Mexican food — which can be hard to come by in many parts of Asia — then you can stroll right along the river road to Viva. You can find traditional Mexican dishes including nachos, burritos, fajitas, and more. Every dish provides you with an authentic Mexican taste.