FCC Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Eating

Breakfast is a generous choice of breads or cereal, followed by warm dishes, Asian or Western. The croissant with lemon curd was passable and eggs Benedict were excellent. A small English fry-up was also flawless. There’s fresh juice and tea or coffee. Indicate your choice at night and you can have it served to your room.

The casual dining menu specialises in clay-oven pizzas. Specials we tried included straightforward Vietnamese duck spring rolls, and fish fillets in a kind of sesame batter with mayonnaise. The latter were fine, but why did they come with both spinach farfalle and a foil-baked potato? The chocolate cassata with vanilla ice cream had a surfeit of coconut flakes at one end and candied fruit at the other. It was all tasty, but not perhaps for people who expect their food to make sense – and given how packed the place gets at dinnertime with expats and tourists alike, not a lot of them do.

A tapas place called Pacharan, 200m to the right, is also part of the empire.

For alternatives, simply wander along the riverfront and see what takes your fancy. To your left is a string of restaurants specialising in the famous ‘happy pizza,’ a phenomenon explained by the bloodshot eyes of the diners. Pop Café, the little Italian two doors down on the right, is getting good reviews for more food-centred food.

How guests have rated the food:

Eating:
80%

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Features include:

  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian Menu
  • Walk to restaurants
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea making
Save to favouritesPrintMailFCC Phnom PenhAh, the history! It was right here, under the great black ceiling fans, overlooking the lazy flow of the river, that the legends of the lawless UNCTAD days got distorted beyond recognition in the retelling - from sozzled foreign correspondent’s mouth to stoned traveller’s ear - until people really thought you could hire an AK-47 and tell a local child to run. The foreign correspondents have fallen (not to AK-47s but to the economies of the newspaper industry), and the travellers with their beards and beads have decamped, but the Foreign Correspondents' Club still thrives. Now, though, it is under corporate ownership and its logo is on T-shirts, bags and what-all else. Perhaps it’s for the best. The location remains the very centre of Phnom Penh’s tourist ghetto, a stone’s throw from the National Museum, a lazy stroll to the Royal Palace. And nowadays you can even get service in 8 well-appointed [r:CA009:rooms]. The terrace and rooftop still have the best views in town; throw open your window, lie on the bed and know you’re in the throbbing heart of a strange city - a great feeling.

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