Welcome to Khmer Angkor
Cambodia’s greatest Authentic dishes
“Enjoy an explosion of Cambodian flavours at Khmer Angkor restaurant! Bringing the true taste of Khmer cuisine to Christchurch, this family-owned restaurant is the perfect choice for food-lovers wanting an exotic dining experience right in the heart of the city. Renowned for using fresh produce and home grown herbs from our vegetable garden, Khmer Angkor fuse their time old Cambodian recipes with quality New Zealand ingredients. Whether you prefer subtle spice or fiery flavours, their menu offers a tantalising array of stir fries, soups, salads, and noodle and rice dishes to choose from”.
My family (Parents and 2 elder brothers) arrived in Chch in July 1992, when we had the big snow fall. Our family was sponsored by my Uncle ( my Mother’s Brother) together with the help of Bishopdale Jesus Christ Church and the Church’s Fellowships help at the time. Which included late (grandma) Marie Wills, and the Garths Family.
We knew that Chch NZ was now our second home, the home that has given our family a second life after fleeing from Genocide in Cambodia. This was our “Heaven on Earth”
My mother was an amazing cook, as well as her late Mother whom was the Caterer for her village in her time. As I grew up i was surrounded by home-cooked meals by my mother and fresh vegetables grown by both my Father and mother. Having very little money as well as very limited availability at the time, we had to source what we can ourselves and improvised with what we had. We use what we needed and traded it with something else that other Khmer Community at the time had.
My mother loved cooking and I saw the passion she had around food and hospitality, she always made more than enough food if we had guests over and always offered meals even if they were unexpected. She assisted with catering for functions, weddings to most Khmer weddings in the time that we lived in ChCh traveling as far as Dunedin to help for free to family friends for their Kids wedding.
Mum finally was offered a job at one of Khmer Restaurant in ChCh which was at the time situated on 605 Colombo Street owned BY Hamish and Linda Te, whom saw mum cooking at weddings down in Dunedin which he and his wife at the time owned restaurants and was opening another one in CHCH. By the age of 11yrs I started following my mother to her work which she did part time at the time, so when it got busy I just helped clear some dirty dishes while I was waiting. Years later I realized that I too followed my mums footstep with food. In year 2005 we opened our first family business doing Bakery and Noodle house. At this time I was 20years doing 7days for 3years.. we decided to sell our business as It was not what I wanted at the time. I went to work at many various jobs such as cafés, Casino, food processing factories And many more but it was only in year 2016 when I was 31 years that I realised my passion is around food and hospitality. Restaurant was my thing!
My partner Amit was my inspiration, being an ex Tandoori Chef ,tasting Cambodian food for the first he was blown away by the flavours and the taste and he had always encouraged me on pursuing my dream and making it work! He told me that Cambodian food has a place in this growing industry and people needed to explore it more. At the time we just purchased our first home together, we then purchased our Cambodian Restaurant out in Kaiapoi a month after and we also found out that we were expecting our first baby together (our son who is now just over 3years old) things came in 3’s for us as most of our friends said. We were very well known as the favourite restaurant in Kaiapoi by the locals and started becoming more well known by word of mouth. We wanted to start up another branch in the ChCh City where it was closer to home for us, it was then that Amit saw the ENTX EATERIES when he took the kids to a movie session and said, mum needs a place in here. At the time it was a happening place as it was newly opened. I acted fast and arrange to see The landlords straight away and it was go go from then!
Unfortunately last year in 2019 my parents both had to have back to back heart surgeries done and we were sadden to let one go, which was our Kaiapoi, where we first built our foundation. We announce a month before that we were closing in July, when we thought our new project would have started and every night was jammed packed with all our regulars!
Sadly we didn’t start up our restaurant again until over a year later after closing our restaurant in Kaiapoi. And we had complications along the way as well as Covid-19 hitting us. By that time ENTX Starting getting a little quieter and we were really worried as to what will happen. After a long awaiting battle to open our restaurant we finally had an opening date of 7th August 2020. We were so blessed that we had full restaurant especially from mainly our regular customer’s out from Kaiapoi. For 3 consecutive days. 2 days later we were again as a nation went down to alert level 2 and business went slower and become a little bit of a struggle. Thankfully our faith in our good food and service never let us down. We were getting many words of mouth and we started picking up again. After operating for 2months we had great news that we were nominated and was in the finalists for Most Outstanding Ethnic Cuisine of the year in the Canterbury Hospitality awards! Sadly 2days after finding out I lost my father whom has been a major part of my journey of success after going back into surgery for his infection of his heart surgery done the year before. He was not only my hero but my herb and vege supplier as well as the hero for my children whom was Raised, loved and spolt by him. Almost a month after he left this world we went to the awards night and to our surprise we came home winning the Most Outstanding Ethnic Restaurant of the Year 2020! Our journey is just a new beginning of something big and special.
We pride ourselves with the mentality of doing everything with a little bit more Care and love and making sure that whether it is food or Service, that it is genuine and honest.
We’re known for the “Food with Care and Love”
Enjoy an explosion of Cambodian flavours!
Bringing the true taste of Khmer Cuisine to Canterbury!
Our family-owned restaurant is the perfect choice for food-lovers wanting an exotic dining experience.
Renowned for using fresh produce and home grown herbs from our vegetable garden, Khmer Angkor fuse our time old Cambodian recipes with quality New Zealand ingredients. Whether you prefer subtle spice or fiery flavours, our menu offers a tantalising array of stir fries, soups, salads, and noodle and rice dishes to choose from.
Start the meal with some tasty deep-fried spring rolls, or dive straight into a traditional noodle soup infused with lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves.
OWNER / EXECUTIVE CHEF