Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


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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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: The Emperors of China

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The best dim sum I ever had was in Hong Kong, where there are endless numbers of Dim Sum houses. The elements of a perfect dim sum experience are these: a vast dining hall; large buzzing crowds waiting or gathered…

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Hotel Nine/ Nine Lime Cafe

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Living in Phnom Penh we never stay in hotels here, although I am often asked by friends, family or other visitors to Cambodia where a good place to stay is. So when Hotel Nine decided to do their Crash Test…

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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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