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    PP Restaurant review.. Armands Bistro

    No 33 on St 108.

    A small cosy kind of place with tables and a bar setup. Closes fairly early (10 pm I think) and adviseable to book a table at weekends or if your a group of more than 4.

    Theres a purposefully limited menu, with the specialist thing being steaks, but also offering Confit Duck, Lamb, etc. We went as a group of 6 and the host explained they 'had no menu' and listed off choices.. A generous shared platter of antipasti starter (salami, meats, pate etc), followed by a selection of steaks all around, and finished with some really special cheeses (and possibly deserts for the girls) multiple bottles of wine (4 ??) and still under 40 USD a head. This is fine dining very much on the cheap.

    It should be said also the steaks were tremendous, easily the best I have had in ages. One of our number opted for the monster rib eye which was nicely marbled and IIRC 600 (or maybe even 800 !!) grammes.. Its was huge even for a heavy meat eater.

    Part of Armands 'schtick' is that the steaks are flambed at the table in cognac.. Giving you a nice bit of entertainment and adding a bit of drama to the presentation.


    If your looking to treat yourself to a classy meal, and superb steak. Its the best I have found in Phnom Penh so far.

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    Always liked that concept. We had a similar one back home with no menus and only specials of the day. Could appear limited at first, but usually covered enough tastes to satisfy the customers. This one was also fairly reasonably priced.

    Reckon that a limited menu would give far less waste and also keep the food fresher. Those operating with literally hundreds of menu items can’t possibly keep the produce fresh on a daily basis without losses, and also cook them all to perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundancekid View Post
    Always liked that concept. We had a similar one back home with no menus and only specials of the day. Could appear limited at first, but usually covered enough tastes to satisfy the customers. This one was also fairly reasonably priced.

    Reckon that a limited menu would give far less waste and also keep the food fresher. Those operating with literally hundreds of menu items can’t possibly keep the produce fresh on a daily basis without losses, and also cook them all to perfection.
    our local little Italian place is like this
    little place tucked away from main street
    he has a small menu with limited supply, so sometimes things are sold out

    and we often see him at the asian supermarket in the mornings buying his produce

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    I think his signature dis is foie gras flambed onto the steak and allowed to soften so its served just at the right point.. I dont eat FG on principle so didnt get to try that, but it really was a superb steak joint and while it may be expensive for PP, it was superb value for what we got IMO.

    Looking forward to trying it again soon.

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    Well with Keld along for the ride I thought we would hit this again.. Maybe the first visit was just too good, maybe I built it up too much in my mind but this visit was good but maybe not so amazing. The first ranked right up there in the best steaks ever category.

    For a start Armand wasnt there at first.. then turned up halfway through our meal, amusingly shitfaced... Amusing, in small doses.. Maybe less so for those out the front who he was hugging and stuff

    Secondly, only one tenderloin was available, and last time the rib eye was comedy factor huge, as I mentioned.. this time it was more a 200g maybe 250g tops.. OK but just not as uber impressive as the last time. Just felt a bit shortchanged.

    I will leave the faces of the guilty parties who attended out of it but some food shots.. We started with house wine (we are not drinking a fucking Merlot !! Ohh yes we are !!)..



    Charcuterie platter starter..



    Raw Salmon also.. someone was into this before I could get the camera on it !!



    The flambe at the table sctick..





    The finished result.. The excellent tenderloin pepper sauce..



    And a little less excellent rib eye (already blue cheese sauced)..


    Still.. Even with 2 bottles of wine, an added main (the salmon is usually a light main) but without a cheese plate to finish or deserts it was IIRC sub 40 a head. Not a shocker by anyones measure but not as standout great as last time.. If they had 3 tenderloins I would have been happier as they are very high quality.

    Think we are hitting the oyster place later so will drag a camera out for that too.
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    I've not been to Phnom Penh for a few years but one of the abiding memories is great food everywhere. We put it down to the French influence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve@thaib View Post
    I've not been to Phnom Penh for a few years but one of the abiding memories is great food everywhere. We put it down to the French influence.
    definitely that...+ American and other Euro IMO....no matter what world cuisine you crave PP pretty much has at least one of them...amazing for such a small place

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonone View Post
    definitely that...+ American and other Euro IMO....no matter what world cuisine you crave PP pretty much has at least one of them...amazing for such a small place
    I have not yet found a really great sushi.. There's fusion places with some sushi plates.. There's lounge club vibe with snack sushi but despite spending a fair whack a couple of times, I have not found anywhere that got it right either super top end or just good value.. Each time so far I ended up underwhelmed.. I will keep hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post
    I have not yet found a really great sushi.. There's fusion places with some sushi plates.. There's lounge club vibe with snack sushi but despite spending a fair whack a couple of times, I have not found anywhere that got it right either super top end or just good value.. Each time so far I ended up underwhelmed.. I will keep hunting.
    I saw the pics Miss A posted on FB of the food at that Sushi joint you went to recently...gotta say "knifework"...looks like they used a shovel 555
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    was that "The sushi Bar" on 302?....I ate there quite a while back and thought it was pretty good
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    On the cheap, I really, really liked Blue Dolphin on (I think) st 172... great grub for sub $10 per person, including wine or beers.

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    and I'd probably be happy to eat every meal of a 5-6 day trip at Cafe Metro....it really is excellent

    La Crosette on the Quay near 136 is also a favourite
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    Blue dolphin is a great lunch or light meal spot.. I was thinking of doing a write up if i am able to face food in daylight..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonone View Post
    and I'd probably be happy to eat every meal of a 5-6 day trip at Cafe Metro....it really is excellent
    Have not been for the eggs Benedict or smoked salmon eggs this trip.. sort of a tradition of mine..

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonone View Post
    I saw the pics Miss A posted on FB of the food at that Sushi joint you went to recently...gotta say "knifework"...looks like they used a shovel 555
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    was that "The sushi Bar" on 302?....I ate there quite a while back and thought it was pretty good
    Yeah ropey and not value.. but kinda expected that as soon as I saw we were going to eat in the lounge section of a night club..

    The sushi hunt continues.. not found the one on 302..

    Also keen to try tapas in 278.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinLOS View Post

    The sushi hunt continues.. not found the one on 302..
    here ya go....

    THE SUSHI BAR | sushi nhat | com sushi

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonone View Post
    Thanks the menu looks fair pricing if quality is as high as it appears..

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    Don't care for anything, not human, that smells fishy.

    But that bite of tenderloin from that evening, was without a doubt the BEST red meat I have ever eaten...(Red, didn't say pink)
    Not joking, it was that good.
    Now the Duke steaks here in CNX taste third rate...

    And yeah, Armand was a bit tipsy that evening, but all good entertainment.

    The Ribeye, wasn't all that Sef had cranked it up to be, but it wasn't bad at all. Just not shining in the same light as that Tenderloin.

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    Food looks tasty but at 40$ a head it doesn't really fit the cheap charlie budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by slimbag View Post
    Food looks tasty but at 40$ a head it doesn't really fit the cheap charlie budget
    Multiple courses and 2 bottles of wine.. I think the steak itself is low 20 usd and as Keld days.. It's a decent, aged, high quality steak.. Honestly, one of the best I have ever had even up against mega money flash euro high end.

    I know you can get a steak that appears similar a few door down from our bar for 12.. Even one place doing one for like a 7 or 9 buck special once a week.. But I can live with a 40 usd treat.

    One of the things I really enjoy in pp is dining that bit higher end than I normally do, as the fine(er) dining here, in the French and western type meals, is so much better and better value than the norm in Asia.. there's still loads of venues out in the old villas around bkk 1 that I need to try, comme la maison is on the list..

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    ^ this one piqued my interest after a friend came back and sung its praises...maybe give it a shot with me next time we are in town at the same time....


    ROMDENG

    74 Street 174, Phnom Penh (00 855 92 219 565). Set in an ochre-coloured villa with a pool surrounded by lovely gardens, Romdeng is the place to go for lip-smacking Cambodian food. Try spiced beef soup with morning glory and tamarind, or lotus root and chicken salad. This is also a training restaurant for former street kids, in the style of Jamie Oliver's Fifteen.

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