Magnolia is a beautiful independence era building on Pasteur Street and its sister Magnolia Wrap and Roll is in a modern Boeung Keng Kang villa. Both have shady gardens and elegant indoor dining. The full range of Vietnamese delights includes the breakfast classic Phở and regional breakfast specialties such as Bun Bo Hue, spring rolls fresh or deep-fried Hanoi or Saigon style and bánh mì sandwiches. Locals and expatriates favourite are the huge, yellow, crispy Bánh Xèo pancakes. For a fun and delicious moment try the Wrap-it-yourself. The main dining options include a big selection of fresh seafood as well as soups, stir fries, grilled meats, fish and vegetarian options. For a good finish order a tasty New Zealand ice-cream. The friendly staff can advise you in English, Khmer or Vietnamese. Delivery service is available.
The menu at Magnolia is as intimidating as any in Phnom Penh, offering as it does some 204 items (all reasonably priced) in every imaginable category, plus specials, plus a roll-your-own section.
Banh Khot is a wonderful dish which comes from Vung Tau, the port and beach resort not far from Saigon. Bite-sized egg and flour cakes are fried in hot oil to a crisp and topped with small fresh shrimp; the whole business often wrapped in lettuce leaves for dipping in a dedicated variety of nuoc cham.