Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


Warung Bali Restaurant

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Looking out onto the florid park grounds of the Cambodia National Museum, Warung Bali Indonesian restaurant has a humble and cozy atmosphere with checkered tablecloths on wooden table sets, several authentic displays of indigenous paintings from Bali and Sumatra, and…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Yi Xan

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Yi Xan seemed positively gilded in comparison with the cozy but spartan and utilitarian Chinese cafes with their ramshackle, mismatched tables and chairs we usually dine in. Instead we found a Monivong food factory decorated in sterile, high-ceilinged, ersatz Imperial…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Sher e Punjab

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The decor of the Shere-Punjabi Indian Restaurant is calm and classy. Off-white walls dressed with traditional earth-toned tapestries create a conservative North Indian feel. This contrasts dramatically with my buddy’s fire engine red pinstriped Abercrombie & Finch polo shirt which…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews – Shandong

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Since taking over as 440 restaurant reviewer from the gin-sodden Lord Playboy (a man with more fingers in more pies than an octopus on quality-control duty at a pie factory), I make no apologies for rigorously investigating the best options…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews – Langeach Sros 54

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Glancing up and down and around as we headed into Langeach Sros 54, I couldn’t help but notice that the exterior of this airy villa just off Norodom had all the concrete wedges and angular flourishes typical of post- independence,…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews – Dim Sum at the Almond

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It was the last Sunday of March and after firing up the Vespa (a thirty eight year old Sprint now with dents) and passing the Hieronymus Bosch depiction of hell known to all as Bodeng (the Building), it didn’t take…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Return to Sichuan

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These days, being far too poor to eat food cooked by white people, it’s back to Chinatown for Sunday lunch with my old friend from Queens NY, Frank Rizzo ( the man whose hairdo is a hair-don’t). Carefully avoiding cheap…

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Bambi and Chips in Battambang

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You’d hardly notice it, tucked away down a central but quiet and slightly gritty side road near the train station, Jip Sreng was the world’s gloomiest aircraft hanger – a vast bleak ballroom of a place more or less empty…

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Two More Battambang Suppers

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I inwardly groaned when Chhay Vet suggested schlepping out into the wilderness on the edge of Battambang to hit yet another fried beef place, but Goh Dut, which we can translate literally as Burnt Cow, was quite different as the…

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Supper and Breakfast in Battambang

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We’d planned to take last night’s supper just out of town at ‘the restaurant with three wives,’ Chhay Vet and myself, mainly because I was highly curious to see the owner, a man with not one, not two but three…

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