Yumi is without a doubt one of my favorite restaurants here in Phnom Penh. Located on a quiet side street in BKK1 it’s easy to walk past the small, unassuming sign, but those who stumble upon this place are well rewarded. Somewhat hidden in the back of a leafy courtyard, Yumi features an open modernist design with both indoor and outdoor comfortable seating. The small group of waiters are incredibly well trained, polite and impeccably coiffed and the manager is one of the loveliest women you will meet in Cambodia.
As for the food, virtually everything I have tried has been delectable. Yumi serves creative pan-Asian fare, leaning heavily towards contemporary renditions of Japanese classics. I personally return time and again just for the Pumpkin Gyoza ($3). These perfectly pan fried dumplings are filled with a creamy yet savory pumpkin filling and are served with a well balanced sweet/salty miso sauce. The Yumi Pork Ribs ($10) also win high marks across the board and are some of the best ribs I have ever had (anywhere). The extraordinarily tender meat literally falls off the bone and is covered with a sweet, tangy Japanese katsu sauce. I will not lie, I have been known to lick the sauce off of the plate, it is just that good.
Other notable dishes include the tempura’ed Chilli Salt Squid ($5), the Braised Aubergine (eggplant) sidedish ($1.5) and the “Yumi Roll” ($4/7), a unique take on a sushi roll containing raw beef, kimuchi and tempura crust
Yumi also arguably boasts some of Phnom Penh’s best cocktails. Although their focus is on the classics, each drink is prepared with attention to detail and proportion (something that unfortunately cannot be said for most of the cities’ cocktails). I am personally a fan of both their Mai Tai and the Dark and Stormy, as well as their wine selection.
Finally, don’t leave without trying some of their homemade ice cream or sorbet. The Honeycomb, Coconut and Apple Champagne flavors are all devine.
Yumi is definitely not to be missed.
No.29a Street 288, Phnom Penh BKK1, Cambodia