Atop our riverfront terrace we nibbled Brie, a blue and a remarkable terrine. Welcome offerings from French deli Le Votre hailing what was to be a distinctly Gallic presence amidst the hustle and bustle of Khmer life.
And all part of the world-class food scene in Phnom Pehn.
Whether it is a top class restaurant set in a tropical garden, local Khmer barbeque restaurants, street stalls and markets, Cambodians seem to love and respect food.
Even the Western targeted Smile mini-mart down the road from our apartment boasted a variety of French and International cheeses to keep any homesick Euro happy.
Our hosts, Angela and Paul, he’s on the left above, took us to a Wine and Cheese evening at a local hotel. Legendary in ex-pat circles they have been recently resurrected at Arunreas Hotel after thirsty ex-pats had drunk previous iterations into unprofitability. For a fixed price we scoffed magnificent charcuterie – rilettes, terrine and sausage, and platters of cheese- Roquefort, Brie, Comte, and Raclette, washed down with oodles of wine. Marvelous, and all dispensed by the ever-smiling and slightly amused Khmer waiters.
What a treat and a wonderful insight into an unexpected side of life in Phnom Pehn.