Location: 333 Wickenden St, Providence, RI 02903
Would I eat there again? Occasionally
Angkor, just like Apsara Palace, has a neat backstory. A relative of the proprietor escapes from the homeland, brings recipes and memories with them, and introduces their family and national recipes to their new home. While the tale seems a little worn, it is compelling and provides a nice setting for the meal. The meal we had was good, with potential for greatness, but the execution was a little off the night we dined at Angkor.
We started off with the scallion pancakes. Angkor serves them deep fried, which was fine, if a somewhat heavy start to the meal and rather overpowering to the delicate flavor of the scallions. FYI- Angkor is BYOB, so plan ahead!
For our entrees we tried the Pad Thai (I tend to use Pad Thai as a bell-weather item as almost all southeast asian restaurants offer a version of it) and the combination Bee Boong. Both were a bit on the oily side, and the meat was rather dry, probably from overcooking. Angkor's version of Pad Thai is not particularly spicy and has an almost smoky full-bodied flavor (hoisin sauce?). Enjoyable if very average. The Bee Boong was fine- not particularly memorable, and not at all offensive. Service was polite and prompt, waters were attended, and the decor is ok.
My main critique of the evening was the chairs. They are extremely heavy and the seat cushions are so slippery you tend to find your chin slowly sliding down to table level by the end of the meal. A higher coefficient of friction is definitely requested.
Conclusion: Angkor is an intimate family run eatery in the middle of Wickenden street. The potential for great food is certainly there, but was a little lacking on the night of our visit. Hopefully others will have better luck.