Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews


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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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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