Location: Phnom Penh (in the grounds of the Sofitel Hotel)
Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Full Bar: Yes
Phnom Penh has become a very busy city bustling with people, activity and traffic. When seeking a fine dining experience one may desire a secluded location away from all the noise of the city. Fu Lu Zu is one such place, located inside the grounds of the luxurious Sofitel hotel. Chinese restaurants can be found in the city on practically every block, but very few places provide the entire experience of service, ambiance and great food all in one package like Fu Lu Zu. And if you really want to impress a date, you should definitely bring that special someone for dinner. The service at this establishment is impeccable, fitting of a high class environment such as this restaurant provides. The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of the entire menu.
The menu is an eclectic one, offering many dishes from the vast and various regions of China. Even classics familiar to the western palate are offered such as kung pao chicken and sweet and sour pork.
But an establishment such as this would not be complete without offerings of classic and authentic dishes, served in a modern and elevated manner. Dishes such as pan fried scallops in truffle sauce and ginger shallot chicken in black truffle sauce adorn the entire menu. But the standout star of their menu is their selection of seafood which includes crab, Canadian Lobster and my personal favorite the tiger shrimp. A half kilo order is plenty up to a group of three and I would recommend the pan-fried with soy sauce variety.
But perhaps Fu Lu Zu is best known for their free flow dim sum menu during the lunch hours. This offering is perfect for a casual gathering of friends, a business lunch or a weekend brunch. All the classics are on the menu such as shiu mai, har gow and barbeque pork buns. But they offer more than just dim sum as the free flow menu also includes main entrees such as Peking duck and Sichuan twice cooked pork. This is the best value proposition at this establishment as the $20 option comes with everything already mentioned while a $30 option also includes free flow drinks such as wine, beer and soft drinks.
Whether with friends for a fun and casual lunch or for a fine dining dinner experience, Fu Lu Zu is one of my favorite establishments in town. I have never had less than stellar service and the quality of the food is always superb. I cannot recommend this place enough and is a must dine for every food lover in Phnom Penh.
Location: Phnom Penh (Russian Market area)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Delivery: Yes (Nham24)
My friends and I are always looking for new places to eat and recently I came across a Facebook ad for a restaurant with an interesting concept. The establishment is called Cakes & Crafts and they focus on a variety of delectable baked goods along with a rotating selection of craft beers. And as an added bonus the two owners from California also offer a menu of burgers that pay homage to the smash burgers of Los Angeles, and more specifically the iconic burger chain In N Out.
I wanted to try a little bit of everything and luckily I was with my friend who was able to help out. We ordered the homage burger, which is made in the style of In N Out's double double burger, and also the bacon cheeseburger. Each came with an order of fries and so we went with the animal style fries, smothered in special sauce and grilled onions, and the garlic fries. But that wasn't enough for us as we also got the chicken strips served with a sweet barbeque sauce. I'll let the picture speak for itself:
The burgers were made to perfection with that proper crust that any smash burger should have. The sauce that came with the homage burger came pretty close to that of the In N Out franchise and the flavor on my bacon cheeseburger was perfectly flavored with a square piece of savory bacon that covered the entire beef patty. Speaking of, the quality of their ingredients shine as the beef is moist and flavorful with that perfect balance of meat to fat (the owner told me they use a 77%-23% for that extra flavor). The chicken strips came in a huge portion of 4 large pieces but it was that sweet barbeque sauce that was the real star. Each item came with a huge portion of french fries and they offer three different varieties of regular, garlic and animal style. Anyone visiting absolutely must try the animal style as they perfectly recreate that California taste with their sauce that smothers the fries.
My friend was able to somehow down 4 beers along with the meal as they offer an impressive selection of locally crafted beers. I was told that the different beers and ales are rotated out often to give customers maximum selection each week. I also tried the red velvet/hot chocolate cookie which were fluffy, rich and sweet in every good way a cookie should be. The staff at Cakes & Crafts are exceptionally friendly and really knowledgeable about their menu which they are obviously very passionate about. This is a new establishment and they are still developing their full menu, but the restaurant is plenty ready now to fill any savory or sweet craving customers may have.
Cambodian Food Scene
Cambodia is surprisingly filled with many great restaurants, from inexpensive to those closer to Western prices. These are just a collection of my favorite places to eat throughout the country.