Friday, March 17, 2017

Le Royal at Raffles Phnom Penh

Restaurante Raffles Le Royal
On our last night in Phnom Penh we decided to eat in at Raffles and had wonderful dinner at Le Royal, their nicest restaurant. They provided a fantastic meal for us to enjoy. We had a Prix Fixe and it was truly French rather than the upscale Khmer experience we had at Malis a couple of days before.

The service was wonderful, as to be expected at Raffles hotel. Our primary server, Piseth, was not only attentive, but knowledgeable about the every dish and it's preparation. We had the 5 course prix fixe menu that worked perfectly for both of us. It was quite filling, though in a very French way… rich plates of food along with a wine pairing for each course.

The ambience is lovely, of course, in the old time Raffles tradition of a hotel built in 1929, but, Raffles Le Royal Restaurant has only been in this location since the late 1990s. What's that mean? Its classic and very good. 

Foie Gras Terrine
Dredged Scallops
The Prix Fixe began with a beautiful house made Foie Gras Terrine with glared apricots and a French Riesling. It was quite good. Next we moved onto Dredged Scallops paired with a Chardonnay, Petit Chablis from Burgundy France.

Truffle Infused Cauliflower Soup

Baked Truffle Infused Cauliflower Soup with crushed chestnuts followed with Sherry Tio Pepe Fino Muy Seco from Spain. The final course (we were pretty grossed out by now) Was 38 hour Braised Beef Cheeks with potato mash andaged port jus. The pairing was Shiraz Mouvedre from Barossa Valley, Australia. As I said, we had an insane amount of food so we passed on the dessert since we were pretty grossed out by now.

Braised Beef Cheeks
It is pretty fun to eat like this once in a while. This Raffles Prix Fixe meal was the richest and most elaborate meal we had on the trip so far, but, Le Royal is a French Restaurant after all. We still have to go to Siem Reap and go to Cuisine Dam Nak. It won't be this rich though, its high end Khmer. 

Highly recommended!

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