Review of Royal Angkor in Kingston, Ontario
Red Curry Was Wonderful
Royal Angkor has been around for nearly 20 years, serving Thai and Cambodian cuisine. Their restaurant interior is clean, cozy, and pleasant. The Southeast Asian artwork on the walls is quite lovely, too. You will also love the natural light coming in from the large front window.
A few of my friends visited this restaurant in late February. My friend had the Red Curry Bamboo, and I had the Thai Vermicelli. For me, the spring rolls and the grilled pork in the Thai Vermicelli felt flat. It tasted all right, but it was not the best I've ever had. Their Red Curry Bamboo was a different story. It had lots of flavour. It was rich, warm, and the coconut milk was a real stand-out.
As for the service, it was quite pleasant and efficient. No complaints about their washroom facilities, either. Looking at their health record, they received two non-critical violations that were easily corrected. Overall, I would recommend Royal Angkor for their delicious Red Curry!
A Bit of History
Royal Angkor has been serving the Kingston community Thai and Cambodian cuisine for over 17 years. Its chef, Vath Sin, has been cooking for over 30 years, and his experience clearly shows in the food.
The restaurant space is small and cozy. It has a very clean and modern feel to it. Light brown paint on the walls serves as a muted background for the Southeast Asian paintings and wooden carvings. Black is another colour that adds a bit of classiness to the interior. This colour is seen on the trim along the wall and in the colour of the chairs. Light brown tables serve as a great contrast for the black chairs. Large front windows allow a lot of natural bright light in.
Overall, the space is inviting, clean, and very pleasant.
A small group of us visited Royal Angkor in late February. I've heard good things about this restaurant and was really looking forward to their food.
One of my friends ordered Red Curry Bamboo with chicken, which was $11. It is a sweet and spicy red curry with bamboo shoots, lime leaf, lemongrass, green chilli, topped with fresh basil and coconut milk. She requested the dish without the green chilli so that it wasn't too spicy.
I ordered the Thai Vermicelli, which comes with rice vermicelli noodles, lettuce, cucumber, basil, bean sprouts, and topped with Cambodian spring rolls and roasted peanuts. I also added on the grilled pork. The whole dish was $12.
This is one of my favourite dishes. I love vermicelli noodles and spring rolls, too. I often get this dish at most Southeast Asian restaurants.
The presentation was appealing. You can see the chopped spring roll and grilled pork up front and centre. The lettuce, julienned carrots, and bean sprouts add a nice touch of colour to the dish.
The spring rolls were good. They didn't pop with flavour but were okay. Same with the grilled pork. The noodles and veggies were quite nice with the fish sauce.
There weren't any Thai basil in the dish, which would have elevated the flavour and given it a refreshing note. I also thought the spring rolls and grilled pork could have used a bit more spice or umami flavour.
Overall, the Thai Vermicelli dish was all right but could be improved.
Red Curry Bamboo
My friend ordered the Red Curry Bamboo. She offered me a spoonful of her curry. I was really impressed with it. It was rich, warm, and the coconut milk really was outstanding. I preferred her plate over mine.
We were served by a young waitress. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about the items on the menu. We didn't have to wait for long for our food. She asked how our food was, refilled our water, and was quite efficient. The service was great!
The state of an establishment's washroom is often an indication of their cleanliness, upkeep, and attention to detail. I didn't visit the washroom at Royal Angkor so I didn't get a chance to see how they were for myself. My friend used their washrooms and she didn't complain about its cleanliness or stock supply. It appears their washrooms are quite all right.
The local Health Unit does regular health inspections of food facilities and post their results on their website. I checked the website to see how Royal Angkor did on their last inspection. The restaurant was last inspected on November 15, 2018. They received two non-critical violations. One for not having the thermometers of their dishwashers easily readable and the other was not having equipment surface cleaned as necessary. I'm not so concerned about these infractions as they are easily corrected.