Phnom Penh Is Bustling In Former Polka Dot Location
Only two seats at the counter were empty from time to time during a midweek lunch hour at Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, newly located in the former Polka Dot diner in White River Junction. Hungry workers and holiday shoppers squeezed into seats at the dozen or so tables while others streamed in and then out, their take-out orders of Cambodian food in hand and headed for parts unknown. At the same time, the restaurant’s owner, Sarin Tin, was on site and hustling to fill a number of catering requests.
Despite the name, the menu is not restricted to sandwiches alone and echoes the offerings at Tin’s other location in Lebanon NH. Part of our lunch of chicken satay and pad Thai with coconut shrimp appears in the featured photo, above. I recommend them both, and the Vietnamese vermicelli, along with advice to arrive maybe a little before or after the magic noon hour to avoid the crowd and guarantee a seat. There are dumplings, spring rolls, curries, and bowls of pho, beer and lemon mint iced tea, and even a children's menu. Friendly servers, reasonable prices. (To view a complete menu, click on the underlined Phnom Penh link at the beginning of this post.)
Fans of the beloved Polka Dot will not recognize the spiffed-up interior. The historic Polka Dot sign—the one that hovered outdoors over the old diner in better and worse times—has been preserved. It now adorns an inside wall.
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