Archive for December, 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year

Ton Shou Ramen – Bangkok

Friday, December 31st, 2010

By Emi Kagawa

Menu at Ton Shou Ramen

Ton Shou Ramen
87 Soi Akapat (thonglor 13) Sukhumvit 55 Rd.
Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel/Fax. 02-1852905

Various ramen selections are available on the menu from 160 THB up at Ton Shou Ramen. All stock is made from pork bones and it is of superior quality. The Gyoza they offer is not that impressive and my advice is to order from the ramen selections.

Ton ShouTon Shou Ramen

Ton Shou 1Ton Shou Ramen with Nori


Atmosphere Restaurant & Bar à Vin – Phnom Penh

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Atmosphere Dining Room

French Restaurant & Bar à Vin
141C, Bld Norodom
Monument de l’indépendence
Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh – Cambodge

Atmosphere French Restaurant & Bar à Vin has a casual feel to it and the cooking is very good. They offer the choice to grill most items, that adapt to this style of cooking, on their outdoor grill (pictured below) on the front terrace. I enjoyed this establishment immensely and in fact, I dined there on three different occasions on our week long visit to Phnom Penh. The owner, Didier Finot, was very cordial and treated us very well; he has managed to keep the same staff for fifteen years, this means he certainly is doing something right.


Steak AtmosphereSteak with marvelous pomme de terre sauté

AtmosphereSoupe de poisson

Topaz Restaurant & Piano Bar – Phnom Penh

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Topaz Exterior

Topaz Restaurant
No. 182, Norodom Blvd
Tel. 023 22 16 22
Fax. 023 22 16 99

Topaz is acclaimed to be Phnom Penh’s top restaurant and it most probably is. I was surprised to see the former Maître d’hôtel from D’Sens Restaurant in Bangkok working at Topaz. The service was very good and the cuisine matched closely. They have a lively piano bar upstairs and overall this is a fun place to spend an evening.



Topaz Menu

TopazStarters: including foie gras and escargot en croûte


topazChicken fricassée

Topaz Sliced Steak


Happy New Year from InterContinental Bangkok & Holiday Inn Bangkok

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010


The Red Apron, Wine & Lifestyle Lounge – Phnom Penh

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Red Apron 3

Red Apron Wine Boutique & Wine Gallery
Monday to Saturday 9am-9pm

NOW OPEN: Wine & Lifestyle Lounge
Monday to Sunday 4pm – Midnight

#15Eo, Street 240,
Phnom Penh
Kingdom of Cambodia
Tel. 855 (0) 23 990
951 855 (0) 17 588 191

The Red Apron wine boutique has been around for sometime now and is well accepted. The new Red Apron upstairs lounge was not yet officially open when we visited, although due to our friend Peter Brongers’s influence, he is CEO of Kingdom Breweries, Cambodia’s premier beer, we were offered some very good vintages. I can see that this will be a fun place to frequent!

Red Apron 1

Red Apron 2

Raffles Hotel Le Royal – Phnom Penh

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Raffles LobbyChristmas at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal

Raffles Hotel Le Royal
92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh,
Sangkat Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia
Tel: +855 23 981 888
Fax: +855 23 981 168

Raffles 1-1The pool with the Landmark building (circa 1929) behind

Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh has melded old world style and fixtures with modern conveniences in an unnoticeable way, and without bastardizing anything either. It is truly a magnificent hotel with outstanding service, and a genteel feeling, which is of some comfort in a city where certain sections are quite dodgy.

“For over eighty years, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal has been the choice of royalty, dignitaries and celebrities travelling through the capital of modern Cambodia, Phnom Penh. Graced through the years by legends such as former U.S First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and French adventurer André Malraux, this landmark Phnom Penh hotel sets the benchmark for refined enchantment in Cambodia.”

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, PoolThe State building behind the lovely trees

Raffles TerraceHallway leading to the Monivong dining room

Raffles telephoneAn example of old and new; the old, dial telephone is fitted with push buttons

Raffles Check-inThe check-in process is painless with a drink in front of you; no necessity to stand at a registration counter

Raffles view from room through PlumeriaA view of the pool through Plumeria trees from our room

Restaurant Le RoyalRestaurant Le Royal


Elephant Bar 4

Elephant Bar 1

Elephant Bar 2


Monivong 1

Monivong 2

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Escoffier – Shanghai

Sunday, December 26th, 2010


Dear Escoffier Members and Friends,

Wishing you a season filled with warmth, peace and joy…

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Casa de la Ermita Wines – Spain

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Casa de la Ermita

Food Critic, S. Irene Virbila Refused Service at B.H. Eatery

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

small logo RDC( Culinary Tidbits . . . managing partner, Noah Ellis,  of Red Medicine Restaurant, a new Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills, California took a snapshot of Los Angeles Times food critic, S. Irene Virbila and refused her party service, he then told them to leave. Ellis kept them waiting for 45 minutes before taking this decision, and as an added insult, he posted her photo on their Tumblr website (now removed, but not before the blogosphere got a hold of it) and said, “Our purpose for posting this is so that all restaurants can have a picture of her and make a decision as to whether or not they would like to serve her. We find that some of her reviews can be unnecessarily cruel and irrational…”

This website (blog) Restaurant Dining Critiques takes a dim view of this action, therefore, we have chosen not to post the snapshot of the Los Angeles Times critic.