Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


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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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Tea Club

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As two smiling young Cambodian men roll open the double doors of “The Tea Club” I enter into an atmosphere of fine Chinese elegance. The interior of this place is imbued with a calming mixture of deep, rich, red paint…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Rahu

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If you’re looking for Metro’s goofy wannabe urban chic (white on white, changing wall of color) you won’t find it here; Rahu is serious about its minimalism. Save for the huge painting of an angry monk child glowering down on…

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Quick Sunday Dinners 1: The Rising Sun

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The concept of the traditional English Sunday roast is all rather ho-hum to the septic tanks and colonials , but it’s a sacred ritual for those of us from, “This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle, This earth of…

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Another Cup of Coffee for the Phnom Penh Road

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I rarely get more than five hours sleep in a stretch so I need exactly three large cups of coffee to get me going in the morning. By coffee I mean the black stuff, not a coffee-milk, or a macadamia-carmel…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Lian Rong

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There’s not much in the way of frills or décor at Lian Rong, but the florescent lighting and basic outfitting of this unassuming little place on Monivong provide cover for a dining spot where you may find more than you…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Pacharan

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The partially renovated colonial French villa which houses Pacharan restaurant maintains the charm of wooden stairways and paneling, well-lit spaces and classic yellow exterior with white trim and checkered flooring. Superimposed over these are modern additions of an island-style bar,…

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Cheap and Cheerful Places to Eat, Cambodia Style

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When I first arrived in Phnom Penh, all I wanted from a restaurant was air-conditioning. Nothing appealed to me on the riverfront. I hadn’t yet discovered Brown’s or Vego. And the last place I wanted to be was anywhere near…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Malis

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I am greeted at the entrance of Malis restaurant by a life-sized meditating God-King statue whose presence is akin to the Chinese “spirit wall” which stands in front of the doors of buildings functioning to block evil spirits from passing…

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