This week, a red headed birdy sent me a bit of magic! Jen, whom you previously have known as coffee Yoda and professor of beans, is also a doctor of menus! (Could mother of dragons be next?) Over the past few months, she’s been working with ARTillery Cafe in Phnom Penh to give their menu a facelift, and what a great job she’s done!
When it first arrived on the scene in 2012, ARTillery was pretty much the first restaurant in Cambodia to enter the realm of the healthy that went beyond salads. All of a sudden, raw, paleo, and gluten free, were buzzwords that became part of the Phnom Penh lexicon. I loved their menu! And it was a go-to for healthy fresh salads and fun plates. But like all good things, I overdosed on things.
This is where Jen comes in. She’s all about flavour, and has a genetic lineage to the healthy, nutritious and delicious. ARTillery’s new menu is still incredibly healthy. But it got kicked in the nuts. Kimchi quesadillas! Fa-waffles! Every single macro bowl you could imagine! And the dish that made me go a little nuts: paleo Disco Fries!
So off to lunch I went today to deep dive into Jen’s garden of fun colourful things. With a couple of fellow foodies, we went a little nuts. Sadly not pictured are the Jump Start avocado, coffee, raw cacao and cashew milk smoothie I may or may not have devoured in one slurp. Nor the Cachata (cousin of horcata of course), or Chunky Monkey (we were obviously in the mood for chocolate). But I did get a snap of Jen’s amazing green fa-waffle with hummus and garlic tahini sauce (above). It’s officially my new happy place.
I also learned that I couldn’t tell the difference between jackfruit and chicken today. These tacos (below) were perfect.
It’s healthy with a bit of a whimsy and magic. Fully customizable bowls. Protein, gut health, fermented things to your heart’s content. I like the good things and the healthy things. It’s exactly how I want to eat this year, and now that I’m desk-bound, my lunch hour just got a little more exciting. I can’t wait to try that cauliflower bun. If you’re in town, do wander down a certain brightly graffitied alley and give these guys a try.
All photos by Tiffany Tsang for cait+tiff. Please request permission for use.