Best Cambodian Restaurant (S.F.) San Francisco 2003 - Angkor Borei
We came for the amazingly generous $6.50 lunch special (a bowl of House Special Soup, lemon grass-scented coconut milk broth filled with tiny mushrooms, chicken, and vegetables, followed by two choices from a list of nine excellent dishes, including spicy chili squid, mild red curry chicken with green beans, and charbroiled chicken), but stayed to be wowed by the delicious, unusual Cambodian specialties at this Bernal Heights restaurant. We love the appetizer of fresh spinach leaves accompanied by a miniature smorgasbord of chopped fresh ginger, peanuts, bits of juicy lime, diced red onion, dried shrimp, chilies, toasted coconut, and a sweet sauce: You roll your choice of toppings in the leaves, like tiny tacos, and crunch 'em up. We love the crispy Cambodian crepe stuffed with shrimp, ground pork, tofu, coconut, and bean sprouts. We love ahmohk, a mild curried fish casserole served in a banana-leaf basket. We love Angkor Borei.