Angkor SoulPan Asian
In our globalised lives many of us are pretty au fait with the vibrant cuisines of Vietnam and Thailand but Cambodian, or Khmer, food is still relatively unexplored territory. At least here in the UK it is, where there are still only a handful of dedicated Cambodian restaurants, two of which are from the team behind Angkor Soul. The Marple branch opened in 2017, to rave reviews from the national press, closely followed by this unassuming Altrincham-based sibling in 2018.
According to some, Cambodian cuisine is ‘the next big thing’, us Northerners are at the cutting edge as per. This place has been packed out most evenings since they opened their doors, and they have recently started doing lunch, such is the demand from locals who are lapping up the chance to try something truly different in a county that defines multicultural. Angkor Soul are on the pulse in more ways than one, with an extensive vegan menu making use of the original Asian ingredient tofu, and currently hip meat substitute seitan, which has been used for thousands of years as a protein-source for Buddhist monks in Asia. Dedicated carnivores needn’t blanch, as there’s plenty of bone stock, lemongrass chicken and seafood to get stuck into. Sadly, they’re not serving fried spiders yet but you never know what will be hot in the north in 2020.
- Good for vegans