Grand Hotel d’Angkor launches ‘1932’ Restaurant The only place in Siem Reap where you can sample Royal Khmer cuisine
Cambodia’s most storied hotel wrote yet another chapter last week when it unveiled a new fine-dining restaurant following a landmark refurbishment. Named after the Grand Hotel d’ Angkor’s year of opening, “1932” launched on November 22 at an invite-only dinner for 50 guests who were treated to a parade of traditional Khmer specialties with a contemporary twist.
The Royal Khmer Menu brings together an array of textures and treats to whet the taste buds, such as mango and prawn salad, spicy and sour lobster consommé, grilled lamb chops in ginger sauce, red chicken curry in coconut, and for dessert, pumpkin custard.
“Khmer cuisine is a combination of refined, simple, delicate flavors,” she said. “The dishes are much subtler than, say, Thai recipes. Khmer flavors pop out, but don’t knock you over.”
Chef Angela said she aims to craft traditional Khmer recipes with a modern approach. “Not fusion, but dishes that can be adapted to a Western palate,” she added.
A selection of intriguing condiments accompanies each meal, among them the chef’s own creation, duka, a grainy mix of cashew nut, sesame, coriander seed and salt. A local seed called chombok – similar to almond – pervades the rye bread, while la-voch is a Khmer herb and wheat chapati.
Overseen by Ms Socheata, 1932’s wine expert, guests can look forward to wine pairings with every dish, including each of the five courses of a Royal Khmer meal. Raffles, of course, achieved fame as the home of the Singapore Sling, and in keeping with the tradition, a Cambodian version, the Grand Hotel d’Angkor Sling, with a twist of galangal and ginger, is offered as an aperitif.
“The refurbishment of the restaurant has brought it up to date with freshness and light, while retaining the sense of traveling back in time,” said Hotel Manager Vincent Gernigon. “The new look of the restaurant perfectly complements the exciting menus being created by Chef Angela, which add a new dimension to Khmer cuisine.”
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor reopened on October 1, 2019, after a closure of six months for renovations. Designed in the late 1920s by architect Ernest Hébrard in French colonial style, the hotel’s interior combines Khmer art and furnishings with Art Deco influences. Renowned for its wrought-iron and timber elevator, “The Grand” served as an early base for archaeologists, explorers and visitors to the rediscovered kingdom of Angkor. It was taken over in 1997 at the invitation of Cambodia’s HRH King Sihanouk by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap and its sister Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom are part of the Raffles Hotel group which launched in Singapore in 1887. Rooms at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor start from $230 per night.
For reservations or enquiries to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, call +855 23 982 598 or email [email protected]
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