I found myself back in Cambodia, albeit in a different city of Siem Reap, exactly one week after the end of the Overseas Community Involvement Project trip to Phnom Penh. For our first day dinner, my BFF and I patronised one of the well-known restaurants that's located at the bustling Pub Street.
Melon was posing in front of the restaurant's ever-popular main course dish.
Garlic Prawns US$3.50 (~S$4.95)
We began our dinner with a rich appetiser dish of prawns, or rather shrimps, swimming in a tomato-based gravy that was flavoured with quite a bit of garlic. The crustaceans were springy and succulent, while the thick gravy topped with cheese and spring onions was a delight to scoop with bread.
Pork Cordon Bleu US$6.75 (~S$9.50)
We wouldn't want to miss one of the best-selling items: the deep-fried breaded pork fillet stuffed with ham and cheddar cheese. Never had I encountered one with such a quantity of melted cheese inside, which overflowed upon cutting the meat open. The fries were very lightly salted, while the salad could be fresher though.
Flemish Beef Stew US$7.50 (~S$10.60)
The most expensive item ordered that evening turned out to be the most disappointing. While the red meat was adequately tender, the brown gravy that's said to feature Leffe beer as one of its ingredients was too salty for my liking. The accompanying mashed potatoes could be creamier and milkier.
Duo of Chocolate Mousse US$4.50 (~S$6.35)
I had a preference for the milk chocolate mousse that was rich and velvety enough. The white chocolate mousse wasn't bad, but a tad too sweet for my tongue. Apart from that, I was amazed at how lusciously sweet the mango slices were. Well, I'm wondering who'll be able to finish this particular dessert item alone.
Tomb Raider US$3.75 (~S$5.30)
Drawing inspiration from the Tomb Raider movie where one portion was shot at the Ta Prohm temple within the Angkor Archaeological Park, the concoction of Cointreau, tonic water and lime juice appeared futuristic in its glass. It was quite refreshing with its mild sweetness, but it didn't have a complex taste.
Pika's advice: Every 500th Tomb Raider cocktail sold will give the winner a cash prize of US$100.00 (~S$141.85) and a T-shirt. See if you're lucky enough! No prize for guessing, but does anyone know which temple does the following decorative sculpture refer to within the Angkor Archaeological Park?
The Red Piano Restaurant
341 Street 8
(Daily: 7.00am - 12.30am)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,