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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Hotel Nine

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Dining at the Hotel Nine restaurant has dispelled a couple of myths for me: 1. Hotel restaurants aren’t usually very good, and 2. Tapas are too small to be satisfying. This unassuming little spot is quite the hidden gem. Unadvertised,…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Gastrobar Botanico

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Getting into Gastrobar Botanico is a bit like foraging in the jungle. If you don’t have a machete on hand, it’s a bit of a challenge to skirt the hanging vines and push through the leafy plants flapping across the…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Fish and Company

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Something Fishy? Spending an evening at Fish and Company is a bit like walking into a David Lynch movie. Imagine “Finding Nemo” meets “Fawlty Towers”. Toss in the scene from “Poseidon Adventure” where a band plays in the corner of…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Beirut

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Beware the Ides of March. That’s all I have for a snappy intro. The day had started at 5am, poorly, and went downhill from there. So I was not in the best of moods when we turned up at Beirut,…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Sophy’s Restaurant

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Sophy has for the last nine years run Sophy’s Café in Long Beach California, where the largest Khmer community outside the Kingdom can be found. A California friend who has long frequented her Long Beach place enthusiastically recommended I try…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Indian Delight

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It’s hard to resist a restaurant when the menu uses words like “spit-drooling”, “hunger-evoking” and “finger-licking”. It’s also impossible to wrap your mind around the following phrase, displayed prominently on the menu at Indian Delight – “Our aromatic appealing dishes…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: Dolce Italia

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Tough life here in the big city: Which rooftop pool bar should we go to? Italian or Sushi for dinner? Can you recommend a good driver? Blah blah. Back home I paid an obscene amount of money to share a…

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Cambodian Food: The Chef Hailed As A Genius By Raymond Blanc

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My nine-month quest to learn how to cook Cambodian food hasn’t been an easy one. There are only a few decent cookbooks on the subject, and even they’re filled with contradictions, making it even harder to get to the bottom…

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Spit-Roast Cows Banned For ‘Inciting Violence’

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One of the strangest stories of the week must surely be the government ban on spit-roasting cows in public. Apparently, pen-pushers in Phnom Penh think the sight of calf carcasses being slowly barbecued and then chopped up in full view…

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Phnom Penh Restaurant Reviews: La Cita

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Phnom Penh’s expat community is sufficiently large that the opening of a place that serves a fine English breakfast or good value for the money pizza is hardly noteworthy, certainly not cause for excitement. On the other hand, the emergence…

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