Where can you get Ukrainian food in Phnom Penh? You can get Ukrainian food at Jungle Cat!
Its been a long time since I had Ukrainian food, and that’s because the last time I had it I was in the Ukraine! Overall I’m a huge fan of Slavic food, but the only thing close to it I had found so far was at Danube Restaurant in Siem Reap.
To read more about Danube restaurant click here.
Jungle Cat Phnom Penh is located almost on the riverside on street 110 in Phnom Penh. For those not experts in the area this means it is in girly bar central!
You can read about Street 130 here.
I discovered it whilst walking past when a Slavic voice said “You want try Ukrainian food”. You had me at Slavic voice…..
I was presented with a cherry vodka type shot on arrival, a smart move as it meant politeness would now dictate that I had to stay there.
Apparently they make their own moonshine, which is basically infused vodka. I went for a horseradish moonshine, which was served with a pickle. You really cannot argue with that! Having a vodka shot and either pickle, or a herring to chase it with is very Russian/Ukrainian.
The menu at Jungle Cat Phnom Penh
Everything you’d expect from a Ukrainian restaurant, such as borsch and dishes that consist of lard. I once had a plate of fat in a restaurant in Kiev. It is a thing. I personally went for salted salmon and a shot of the plum moonshine.
Overall a decent meal, great service from the very pretty Ukrainian lady, and the sheer joy of hearing the varied clientele chattering away in Russian and Ukrainian. This really was like a holiday from Cambodia.
I’ve since been back times, as whenever you walk past the big owner shouts at you to come in.
The best Ukrainian restaurant in Phnom Penh? Jungle Cat you are the winners! But Jungle Cat is much more than just a great Ukrainian restaurant, it’s just a really nice place. Come here for the moonshine and stay for the great service and atmosphere.
Has Jungle Cat Phnom Penh closed?
Has Jungle Cat Phnom Penh closed? I was previously a big lover of Jungle Cat Phnom Penh. It was one of the first restaurants I visited in Phnom Penh and I even kinda worked for them.
The food was great, probably the best Slavic food in the capital, but it was the larger than life owner who made the place. He then went to Kiev and left it in the hands of people who you might say did not have the same energy. Gone was the shot on arrival and indeed the flavour of the place and the food. I only visited once under this ownership.
Alas after passing the joint I can confirm it is now closed! I doubt they have moved location. Maybe they will be back one day, but who knows. Goodbye Jungle Cat Phnom Penh 🙁