It had been at least 6 months or so since we had last visited Angkor Borei, one of our favorite Cambodian restaurants in the City, so we decided to drop in late last night for a quiet dinner. Happy to report that this place is still turning out some of the City's best and most affordable Cambodian dishes. Service is still extremely friendly, quick and very accommodating -- the family owners practically bend over backwards to serve you.
We started with our favorite appetizer -- the beef salad, which blends thin pieces of flank steak with cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, eggplant, scallions, and spearmint with a hint of lime juice -- $6.35. The flavors of this dish are sublime and serve to whet one's appetite for the main courses. The juices alone over rice are almost a dish in themselves.
The Sour Soup with chicken was very refreshing, with complex flavors stemming from tomatoes, celery, pineapple chunks, scallions, sweet basil and tamarind -- a meal in itself at $8.25.
Charbroiled Skewered Beef Rolls were a new dish for us. Thin slices of beef rolled around whole water chestnuts and slices of pineapples, served on 4 kabobs, with 4 rolls per kabob, all stuck in an upside-down grapefruit, surrounded by a bed of pickled vegetables. Delicious when dipped in an accompanying fish/sliced carrot/chili sauce -- $8.95.
Sauteed Seafood Combination featured squid, shrimp, assorted fish and mussels in a mild or hot sauce -- $10.95. Theirs is still one of the best rendtions of this dish I've ever tasted.
Angkor Borei Cambodian Cuisine
3471 Mission Street (between Cortland and 30th)
SF, CA (415) 550-8417
Hours: Daily -- Lunch 11AM-3:30PM; Dinner 4PM-10PM
No lunch on Sundays