Denizens of Ghin Na Ree, did you know that the man who runs the place (the dad) is from Cambodia?
Yesterday, I asked the daughter what the four men at the table next to us were eating, and if they were Thai (because they didn't look Thai to me). They were slicing a small bowl of fresh hot chilis as if they'd be eating a lot of them, with some fresh lime quarters. They got a couple of crispy fish, and a big bowl of vegetables with tofu, rice, and some large pile of fried dumpling-looking things (I was *trying* to be inconspicuous as I spyed).
I was told that they were Cambodians (friends of her dad, or knew her dad), and then she told me that her dad was Cambodian. I told her that the restaurant should offer Cambodian specials sometimes. Don't you agree?
(Hmmm, now I'm going to investigate Cambodian food http://asiarecipe.com/cammain.html , and noodle around to find something they may prepare "off menu." I might suggest they try a Cambodian "specials" board, a lá Hong Kong Palace). I know little about Cambodian food; but I'm talking a wild guess that it is ferociously hot since I saw those men with all those chilis.
They are nice folks, and I like to give them business. The food is fresh and plentiful, and at a good value, in my opinion. Here is their website: http://www.ghinnaree.com/
I'm going to take another look to see if there are any "Cambodian" influenced dishes on the menu.
here's another link of Khmer food: http://www.khmerkromrecipes.com/
when you click on the recipes, you can see photos, too. some really interesting combinations. (hey crab lovers, look at this tamarind crab recipe: http://www.khmerkromrecipes.com/ ).
Ghin Na Ree Restaurant
2509 N Harrison St, Arlington, VA 22207