PEr FYI

February 9, 2011

Bopha Phnom Penh Restaurant & Titanic Lounge, Phnom Penh…pricey and disappointing food

Khmer food with a view of the river and watch Classical Aspara dancing . That’s the only thing this place has to offer.

We were disappointed with all the dishes we ordered: bopha appetizers festival which includes spring rolls, prawns fishtempura, chicken skewers and fish cakes. The angel hair noodle salad with chicken was also forgettable, as was the khmer chicken amok  and the grilled duck skewers. The seafood fried rice and khmer hot and sour soup also did not leave an impression.

The food was rather pricey and even the restaurant’s captivating decor doesn’t justify the price. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

February 7, 2011

Romdeng, Phnom Penh…delicious, authentic Khmer food in relaxed surroundings. This is a must must do!

The restaurant is staffed with incredibly friendly, attentive, poised and well-trained youth – mostly teens – formerly living on the streets! Here you get real Khmer food in relaxed surroundings of an elegantly converted colonial home.

The food was great. We had  koh kong style seafood amok, the appetisingly seductive “two colour pomelo salads with dried shrimps in coconut milk vinaigrette”, romdeng’s famous fish amok in banana leaf. A MUST HAVE is the rice flour and tumeric crepes filled with caramelized banana topped with coconut gelato dessert. It looked and tasted stunning. However, we would NOT recommend any beef dishes as we tried both and they were forgettable: the spiced beef soup with morning glory and fresh herbs, stir fried red tree ants with beef and holy basil.

Impressed on my first visit, I returned again on my last day in Phnom Penh before heading to the airport. This is a must must do. This is still the true truth because I am still saying it as it is…

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