There are two Phnom Penh‘s in Ottawa; one in Westboro and the other is in Kanata. It appears there is another location in Kingston too, but I have never been to that one. I tried the Kanata location first – we go there for lunch quite often actually. At this location there are a few different types of spring rolls; the Cambodian spring rolls are a must! They are filled with a mix of shrimp and minced pork.
Be prepared, the curries can be rather spicy so make sure to tell the server if you prefer otherwise. A colleague of mine and I typically share the red curry with shrimp and order an extra rice to sop up the rest of the sauce. At the Westboro location they make this dish but the sauce is much thinner so it doesnt stick to the rice quite as well. Similarly you could try the red curry with chicken, which is just as good if you dont like shrimp.
The lemongrass beef is very tasty with thin flank slices of beef, a light savory sauce and a bit of a kick. Unfortunately the Phad Thai and the Bun are not that great, but after all it is a Cambodian/Chinese restaurant, not Thai.
The ambiance at the Kanata location is much cozier, with carpeted floors, dark wood stained tables and plants for decoration, whereas the Westboro location is designed mainly for take-out. That being said, the staff at both locations are very nice. I definitely recommend Phnom Penh for some spicy tasty Asian food other than a Thai restaurant or Pho House.