Katanashi – Japanese Restaurant in Phnom Penh

Katanashi is without a doubt one of the most talked about restaurants in Phnom Penh. It’s a so called Japanese tapas bar and I have heard nothing about rave reviews about this place for the past 6 months. Katanashi’s roots can be traced back to 2007 and the restaurant has previously been in both Japan and Singapore. Also, it’s from the same owners as No Style which is in the same little alley as popular craft beer bar Embargo and the speakeasy Battbong.

First I need to praise the interior of Katanashi. It’s a perfect place to come with friends, with your girlfriend or alone. It’s beautifully designed and they have paid much attention to every little detail. Most of the items on the menu are between $2 and $5, but as it’s a tapas bar most portions are bite-sized so you will need to order a few dishes at least. This adds up, but it’s by no means an expensive place.

Katanashi Chefs

I order some grilled beef which came in a small (kruka) with coals in it. The meat was a bit chewy but there were 3 “special” sauces to accompany it. It’s $2.9 for 100 grams and you can choose however much you’d like to eat. I also had an omelette, from some city in Japan, maybe, but probably not Osaka.

My third dish was the chicken Karaage which was one of the most tender chickens I’ve eaten in a long time. My favourite of all these dishes was however the Soba with tartar sauce. The fish was fresh and the tartar was absolutely delicious.

Katanashi is also famous for their games. For example when you order a drink you can choose to throw 2 dice. Depending on the outcome you will get a free beer, pay half the price for a beer or pay double the price for the beer. The good thing with this game is that if you have to pay double, the glass is also double the size. Luckily enough I got my beer for 1/2 price which means I only paid 50 cents for it.

The staff also has a small gimmick where orders are yelled in japanese and the rest of the staff will reply with “HAI”, which I think means yes in Japanese.

Overall I had a really nice experience in Katanshi. I think I prefer No Style, but both are absolutely fantastic options for a nice dinner. It’s relatively affordable, the food is of great quality and the atmosphere is really nice.

Sakana Lab – Japanese Restaurants in Phnom Penh

Sushi Rolls Sakana Lab Phnom Penh

I can start with saying it’s not the first time, nor the last time I’m at Sakana Lab. Sakana Lab is in the same alley as popular places like the Craft Beer Bar Embargo and speakeasy Battbong. This Japanese restaurant is one of the most popular ones in the BKK1 area of Phnom Penh.

The menu consists of a lot of seafood, but also a few different variations of normal sushi and sashimi. It’s not cheap, but still a lot cheaper than the sister restaurant Sushi Lab on the sane street. Most of the dishes are between 6-8$ and the quality of food makes it worth it.this time I felt like some sushi so I had salmon and avocado roll plus spicy tuna.

Sakana Lab Japanese Restaurant Phhnom Penh

During all the times I’ve visitied this place the food has never let me down. Beer at $0.50 a glass is also a bargain. Not only does this Japanese restaurant in Phnom Penh serve great food, the customer service is fantastic. When you enter there is not a person that wouldn’t greet you. Doesn’t matter if its the chefs or the waitresses, everyone gives you a warm welcone. The same applies to when you leave the restaurant.

All in all Sakana Lab is a fantastic place to visit if you want some Japanese Food in Phnom Penh. After that you can always stop by Embargo Craft Beer bar next door for sone delicious craft beers.

Score 4.5

No Style – Japanese Restaurants in Phnom Penh

No Style is the second restaurant from the owners of the popular Japanese Restaurant Katanashi in Phnom Penh. No Style is only a stone’s throw away from Katanashi and it’s in the same alley as other popular spots like Embargo Craft Beer Bar, Sakana Lab and Battbong.

No Style focuses on something called Japanese skewers. The restaurant is very small but cozy at the same time. Make sure to watch your head when you enter the restaurant because the doorway is surely made for small Japanese people.

Whisky Cocktail Menu at No Style Japanese Restaurant Phnom Penh

Everything about the interior is really cool and all the seats, except for one table, is situated along the bar desk. The cooking of the skewers takes place in the middle of it all. The menu has a lot of interesting options and most skewers range from $0.9 to $4. It is quite cheap but I warn you that easy to rack up an impressive bill when eating at this place.

Duck Skewers at No Style Japanese Restaurant Phnom Penh

Started with getting the chicken skewers which was a great start because it really blew my mind. It was a long time since I’ve eaten such a nice piece of chicken. The best of it was that it was very simple but managed to taste great. After that I ate duck skewers, leek wrapped in bacon, pork berry (sic), chicken blest (sic), and quite a few more. One better than the other. All of this also comes with very typical Japanese condiments like some kind of garlic mayo, wasabi, and more.

Grill at No Style Japanese Restaurant Phnom Penh

They also have a cool selection of affordable whisky drinks. You can choose between a normal whisky & soda but you can also get different mixes with lemon etc. There’s also sake and the popular Japanese beer Sapporo. If you want Cambodian beer they have that on tap for $0.8 a glass.

All in all I had a very pleasant experience at No Style. The interior is great, they even have a cool light outside of the bar showing the name and the food is fantastic. Located on 51st street BKK1 in Phnom Penh.

Score: 4.5