Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


Spit-Roast Cows Banned For ‘Inciting Violence’

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One of the strangest stories of the week must surely be the government ban on spit-roasting cows in public. Apparently, pen-pushers in Phnom Penh think the sight of calf carcasses being slowly barbecued and then chopped up in full view…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: La Cita

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Phnom Penh’s expat community is sufficiently large that the opening of a place that serves a fine English breakfast or good value for the money pizza is hardly noteworthy, certainly not cause for excitement. On the other hand, the emergence…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Lost Room

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Getting there is rarely half the fun in Cambodia (dirt bike enthusiasts excepted). Even if you have your own chauffeured transport, a very good speaker system and an ice chest of beer under your feet, it still doesn’t mean you…

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Phnom Penh Coffee Smackdown

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Phnom Penh. 6:00am. Sun breaking over the Mekong; ladies in pajamas flapping their arms in synchronized ecstasy to Akon along the river, chickens scratching, café workers stoking their charcoal fires in the cool morning air. Time to slog off to…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Viva Mexican Restaurant

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It was never my intention for this review to be like a cactus – prickly. Indeed, taking into consideration the sum total of my Mexican gastronomic and culinary history thus far amounted to a pair of Freebird breakfast burritos, I’d…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Vitking

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Considering that the far western extension of street 450 does not appear on most local maps the street has a lot going on. Running along the south side of the Russian Market and, and its western end ending at the…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Tonle Bassac Buffet

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Is Gluttony such a bad sin? Really, it’s a far cry from Envy and Wrath. It could easily have been covered under Greed, don’t know why it got its own mention in the Big Seven. Could they not come up…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Bet Jeun Chinese Restaurant

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Upon entering, the first thing that impresses me is the cleanliness of this place. Many of the low-budget Chinese restaurants in town have a relatively no-frills atmosphere. That is not to say that the food is bad. It is just…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Armand’s

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There’s a lot of restaurants in this town, many of them French, but when Armand’s opened it quickly shot to the top of everyone’s must-eat-here-more-often list. Affable owner Armand pulled off this feat by creating the perfect storm of location,…

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Restaurants and Dealing with Awkward Customers in Cambodia

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I’ve been running the kitchen at a friend’s restaurant in Cambodia for the past couple of weeks. It’s the wet season, so there aren’t many customers about. But it’s been good fun getting back into the kitchen, and teaching the…

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