Along with the development of sustainable travel, the standards of an excellent restaurant are not only the condition of cleanliness but also the environmentally friendly status. In Southeast Asia, the trend of sustainable and responsible restaurants is increasingly popular and attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. Here are 5 eco-friendly restaurants that you should visit once if you want to try “green” travel.

1. Eleven One Kitchen, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Considered the first option of eco-friendly restaurants in Southeast Asia, Eleven One Kitchen is a must-try restaurant while traveling to Cambodia. At first, the interior decoration will help you make you feel the fresh and green atmosphere filled with different-sized plant pots. Then, you’ll experience an eco-friendly meal with no MSG, a package with biodegradable boxes, and drinks with only bamboo straws instead of plastic ones.

As the slogan quote saying “Eat Healthy, Stay Wealthy, Care for the environment”, Eleven One Kitchen not only cares for customers’ health but also initiates a rare environmental business in Southeast Asia. You can choose between 2 branches which are located in Toul Tom Pong and Beong Keng Kong streets, Phnom Penh. Thanks to the eco-friendly policy, all food in Eleven One Kitchen is grown locally and bought directly from the farmers. You can try both Khmer and Western food here.

2. Open Farm Community, Tanglin, Singapore

The restaurant in Open Farm Community (OFC) will give you the most eco-friendly dining experience in Southeast Asia. You’d expect an unforgettable meal in a rustic greenhouse building at the end of the plot serving as a dining room and open kitchen. The restaurant has turned the surrounding grounds into plots for greens like lemon balm, rosemary, and dill for the kitchen. What an Aussie vineyard-like experience of seeing farmers hunched over and fiddling with plants outdoor in OFC.

The menu of this unique eatery is as organic as its establishment. If you don’t want something ‘green’, you can try other dishes like fried cauliflower wings, crispy frog legs, and laksa pappardelle. Even when you eat out, you’re saving the earth by limiting “low carbon footprint” and supporting such eco-business in Southeast Asia.

3. The Grotto, Krabi, Thailand

Situated at the 5-star Rayavadee Resort in Krabi, The Grotto is an eco-friendly restaurant giving you an opportunity to enjoy a dinner tucked inside a cave. Known as Cave Dining, the restaurant offers the most romantic and luxurious dining out on the beach of Thailand. It’s perfect to feel soft sand under your feet and savor the restaurant’s specialty including seafood barbecue, which is being prepared on several special nights every week.

Most of the ingredients are sourced from Hilltribe Organics and other organic sources from the rural areas in Thailand. Aside from environmental friendliness, The Grotto and the entire resort work with various fair trade initiatives, social enterprises, and charities. One Thai baht is donated to the Thailand-based Food4Good charity for every meal ordered at the restaurant.

4. Verde Kitchen, the Central Area, Singapore

Whenever you’re looking for an eco-friendly restaurant in Singapore, Verde Kitchen will meet your need of sustainable food offerings, cozy space, and appetizingly healthy dishes. Located on Level 2 of Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road, Verde Kitchen brings about a new balance to organic and healthy diet to customers. From the Penang Assam Laksa to the Organic Basil-crusted Tooth Fish, all will satisfy your cravings for ‘green taste’.

Beyond compromising on taste, Verde Kitchen promotes a greener future with a “NO” list honoring the intention of the eatery. Furthermore, each item entering the green kitchen has to contain no man-made fertilizers, pesticides, GMO’s, additives, or hormones. Definitely, Verde Kitchen is a perfect option for your support to the environment’s health and society’s benefit.

5. Eden Eco Village, Kampot, Cambodia

Just a short ride outside Kampot, the Eden Eco Village is a collection of bamboo and thatch bungalows on stilts, most of them right over the water. Especially, each unit generates its own solar power for lights and fans. Spending a short trip to the eco-friendly resort of Kampot, life here is a great getaway from bustling cities: riverside yoga in the morning, kayaking or dips in the river, natural treatments in the spa, and the spectacle of fireflies at night.

The restaurants here offer responsible tourists a wide range of eco-friendly options. Most of the produce is local and the site grows its own mangoes. It recycles and composts everything it can, including the waste of the compost toilets for fertilizer.

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