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From Bagels to Bibimbap – Rattana and Sophea Branch Out In Phnom Penh

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When Rattana Gordon and Sophea Prim talked about opening a brick and mortar business, their first idea was to open a bagel shop in Phnom Penh. That was in 2009. Four years later, the two enterprising women not only make…

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Le Bistrot: A Rough Diamond Hidden Among Lady Bars

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I thought things were going to turn quite ugly for a second, and had visions of my iPhone being thrown on the floor and crushed under a weighty boot. I was sitting at a table at Le Bistrot de Paris,…

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French Dining In Phnom Penh: Chez Gaston

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We’d been urged not to review Chez Gaston by one or two regulars who loved the place the way it was, and didn’t want it frequented by trolls. But trolls don’t eat real food, we said. They live under bridges…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: La P’tite France

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There is a book called The Art Of Simple French Cookery by Alexander Watt, a notorious gourmet who spent much of his life lounging around in Gallic restaurants, which perfectly captures the essence of the Parisian bistro in the 1950s….

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Rude Food In Phnom Penh’s ‘Noodle Alley’

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The worst service I ever had was in London’s Chinatown. There was a cloudburst and then heavy rain so I scurried into one of the restaurants. The place was packed, and I was looking round trying to spot a table,…

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In Defence Of Cambodian Cooking (With Apologies To George Orwell)

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There has been a lot of talk over the years about the need to attract more foreign visitors to Cambodia. But there is something its people could bring a much-needed change to – and that is cooking. It is often…

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My Tuol Tumpoung Fish Crawl

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For a lover of fish life is good here in Cambodia where you really don’t have to go far for a good fish supper (or fish breakfast…fish lunch….fish snack ….fish cheese). Fish are literally everywhere. Even the walls in the…

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Cake and Crumpets in Cambodia: Afternoon Tea in Phnom Penh

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There’s something deliciously decadent about a meal that consists of miniature morsels of macaroons, cream-filled concoctions of chocolate cake and sumptuous slivers of syrupy sponge. Sure, there’s a savoury element tucked between the layers of pastries, but wafer-thin cucumber finger…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Genova

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When the word “pesto” is capitalized on the front of a restaurant menu, it’s pretty clear they’re trying to tell you something. At Genova, it’s the specialty of the house and owner, Roberto, seems to be recognised more for his…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Nike’s Pizza House

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There’s something decidedly quirky about a restaurant that plays hits from the Bay City Rollers as it serves steaming bowls of pesto pasta. It’s made stranger by the presence of two four-foot-tall mosaic-studded ceramic chickens and a selection of shiny…

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