Sunday, August 12, 2012

Thumbs up for Van's

Entryway into Van's Restaurant
I forgot to mention that I enjoyed my first meal at Van's Restaurant on Friday, courtesy of Malai and the team from Amansara, the plushest hotel in Siem Reap. Van's is the renovated 150-year old former Bank of Indochina, located within Post Office Square. With its original floor tiles, wooden panels, high ceilings and unmistakable flavour of bygone colonial days, the specially-chosen menu was excellent and the service impeccable. I even took a glass of wine, my first wine-tasting for more years than I can remember. I've been to Van's before, with its former bank vaults now decked out as offices, but I've never sampled the food. It was worth the wait. Seeing film director Rithy Panh amongst the restaurant's patrons was a reminder of the news, earlier in the day, of the passing of one of the leading lights of the golden era of Cambodian cinema in the 1960s and 70s, director and producer Yvon Hem.

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Blogger Sue Guiney said...

Ah, you've made me nostalgic...remembering meeting you there at the Anjali House book launch last year. What a wonderful place that is.

August 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM  

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