19 Saturday Jan 2013

Deco restaurant in BKK1

A great, some-what new, addition opens its door on the corner of Street 57 and Street 352 in BKK1.  If you’re driving along Street 57, you may not able to tell that this cute little colonial french, in black and white color, house is actually a restaurant born to be awesome.

It was a Saturday evening.  My mom and I were sitting on the rooftop of Eclipse Sky bar that I pulled up the Tripadvisor app for Phnom Penh.  A quick browse through the restaurant list, we’ve decided on Deco, that was listed in the top 3 restaurants in Phnom Penh, as our tonight’s choice to dine at.

As we entered the restaurant, the server seated us to one of the empty tables, not too far from the bar.  The lighting was slightly dimmed, giving the room’s atmosphere a warm and cozy feeling.  To our surprise, the menu wasn’t the traditional pamphlet or booklet but instead was a brown piece of paper laying on top of our table.

For our evening, we didn’t bother to order any alcoholic drink but instead made a few selections of their non-alcoholic concoction.  Our orders of a Jasmine Iced tea and a Raspberry fizz were splendid.  A tangy taste of club soda infused with a citric twist was a great combination for our meals to come.

The restaurant offered a few starter assortments– all sounded very scrumptious.  We placed the order for a Beetroot and Citrus Salad, Walnut Dressing; a Kampot Crab Cakes, Sherry Mayonnaise; and a Whisky Cured Salmon with Rye Bread, Honey Mustard & Dill.   My favorite was the crab cakes.

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For our main course we tried the 136 deg Poached Red Snapper, Potato Rosti, Spinach & Cream Sauce; a Duck Breast with Watermelon, Cashew Nut & Plum Sauce; and an Aussie Steak.   The duck breast was perfectly cooked, showing a slight hint of pink in the middle. The plum sauce was a bit sweet for me but the fresh carved watermelon was just the perfection palette combination as it was so refreshing.

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All in all I highly recommend Deco to everyone.  This restaurant definitely made a great impression and its ways onto my top list of restaurants of all time and not just the restaurant list from Phnom Penh.

Tel: 017577327
Address: the corner of Street 57 and Street 352
www.decophnompenh.com/

31 Friday Aug 2012

Cambodian BBQ

Summer weather is the perfect weather for spending some quality time at the pool and having BBQ.  For this blog, I will attempt to provide some insights on some popular locations where BBQ are served.

BBQ in Cambodia is a blend of various flavors and involves several cooking techniques. Since I am not a food expert, I won’t be able to describe in the extent that it deserves.  More importantly I only want to let our readers on the insider tips on where to find these street BBQ in Phnom Penh.

1. near WAT BOTUM pagoda

At dusk, there is a gathering of youngsters and adults flocking near the Vietnamese Friendship monument, across from Wat Botum pagoda.  Beside this gathering, small street vendors will set up their shops, serving our infamous BBQ.   Grilled beef on stick is the most popular among these street foods.  Typically the beef sticks are served with pickled cucumbers, green papaya and carrots.  Add a pinch of chilli paste into the pickles and the dish is ready to be eaten.
(see map below for WAT BOTUM street food vendors)

 

2. near Phsar Thmei (or Central Market)

Don’t make the mistake and go to the Central Market, but instead go to Pasteur Street, a few blocks East of Central Market.  Around dusk, you can find several street vendors holla back at customers as they pass by.  BBQ beef skewers and chicken wings are among the favorite grilled dishes here.   Often you will find sliced baguette bread toasted with butter and other sorts of grilled meat.
(see map below for location)

3. in front of the Royal Palace

This particular spot is not hard to miss.  In front of the Royal Palace, there is a small patch of green grass, or so called Mok Vaeng park.  Beside it, small street vendors are setup.  Here you will find grilled dried squid and beef.  Unlike beef skewer, the grilled dried squid and beef are compressed in a food-roller to a fine thickness prior to being grilled.  Once cooked, they are served with pickles cucumbers, papaya and carrots.  Sometimes you can find the grilled dried squid and beef on a rolling cart or wagon along the river front.
(see map below for location)

Beside these locations, BBQ are be easily found inside the local markets such as Phsar Thmei (Central Market), Toul Tompong (Russian Market), Oruessey Market, and the Night Market.

Some other BBQ that you can find in Cambodia are more of local delicacies.  During Chinese ceremonial days, you will find along Monivong Boulevard many glass wagons/carts selling roasted pork, chicken and duck. Similar to Peking duck, they are often confused.  These BBQ are not typically found at the household kitchen.

Roasted beef (or whole cow roasted on a pit) is often served at local Cambodian pubs and restaurants. Normally the restaurants will decorated with Angkor or beer lighting signs and roasted beef pit station in front.  It is easy to spot them from far away because of these bright lighting signs.

Whether it is street vendor BBQ or restaurant style BBQ, Cambodia has it all.  Grilled beef to honey roasted pork are favorites among the locals.