Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


French Dining In Phnom Penh: Chez Gaston

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We’d been urged not to review Chez Gaston by one or two regulars who loved the place the way it was, and didn’t want it frequented by trolls. But trolls don’t eat real food, we said. They live under bridges…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: La P’tite France

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There is a book called The Art Of Simple French Cookery by Alexander Watt, a notorious gourmet who spent much of his life lounging around in Gallic restaurants, which perfectly captures the essence of the Parisian bistro in the 1950s….

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Rude Food In Phnom Penh’s ‘Noodle Alley’

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The worst service I ever had was in London’s Chinatown. There was a cloudburst and then heavy rain so I scurried into one of the restaurants. The place was packed, and I was looking round trying to spot a table,…

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My Tuol Tumpoung Fish Crawl

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For a lover of fish life is good here in Cambodia where you really don’t have to go far for a good fish supper (or fish breakfast…fish lunch….fish snack ….fish cheese). Fish are literally everywhere. Even the walls in the…

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Cake and Crumpets in Cambodia: Afternoon Tea in Phnom Penh

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There’s something deliciously decadent about a meal that consists of miniature morsels of macaroons, cream-filled concoctions of chocolate cake and sumptuous slivers of syrupy sponge. Sure, there’s a savoury element tucked between the layers of pastries, but wafer-thin cucumber finger…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Genova

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When the word “pesto” is capitalized on the front of a restaurant menu, it’s pretty clear they’re trying to tell you something. At Genova, it’s the specialty of the house and owner, Roberto, seems to be recognised more for his…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Nike’s Pizza House

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There’s something decidedly quirky about a restaurant that plays hits from the Bay City Rollers as it serves steaming bowls of pesto pasta. It’s made stranger by the presence of two four-foot-tall mosaic-studded ceramic chickens and a selection of shiny…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Magnolia

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For the best of seven years, I had the extreme pleasure of eating extraordinary Vietnamese food most everyday, prepared by a cook (who happened to be my wife) whose knowledge of her homeland’s gastronomy was encyclopedic and her culinary skills…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Deco

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When I heard Deco was serving sticky toffee pudding, I was on the first tuktuk over. It brought back memories of warm gooey sponges swimming in rich butterscotch sauce served across the dinner table, after a pub lunch or even…

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Phnom Penh Street Stories: Part 2

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A little further down Sothearos is ‘The White Building’. Not so far as it is from the PM’s house, the Royal Palace and Sofitel, it epitomizes for me the ‘us and them’ situation in Cambodia. Below is an interesting you-tube…

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