Cambodian cuisine draws a lot of influence from its neighbouring Asian countries, Thailand and Vietnam, so you can imagine how rich their dishes are. Located in the heart of the Plateau on Mont-Royal, La Petite Mangue is a 50-seat restaurant that does a great job showcasing underrated Cambodian cuisine.
I had a chance to speak with the owner, Dylida Mao, who was telling me how she’s always dreamt of opening up her own restaurant. When she decided to embark on her culinary journey, she quit her day job and went to Cambodia to learn the secrets of her family tradition. After about a year or so, she came back to open up her restaurant.
“The past three months have been a dream come true, but nonetheless, quite the roller coaster of emotions. Despite all the hard work and stress, seeing satisfied customers enjoying my food makes it all worth it.”
Food: One thing I love absolutely loved about this restaurant was the simplicity of dishes. Honourable mentions go out to the soup, beef salad and most importantly, the Amok. Packed with flavour, the steamed Basa fish was cooked to absolute perfection. Paired with coconut milk, lemongrass and just the right amount of spice, this dish alone makes me want to go back. Also, despite the fact that General Tao is a Chinese delicacy, La Petite Mangue offers quite a solid dish.
Atmosphere: Warm and inviting
Service: Wait staff was suggestive, but could be a little more assertive.
Afterglow: A first impression is a lasting impression, and La Petite Mangue did a great job showing off Cambodian food. Since Cambodian cuisine isn’t so popular, I think it would be a cool idea if they had a Cambodian-only tapas style tasting menu. I’m definitely looking forward to going back.