Last month, 3,000 restaurants in 150 countries all over the world united in an extraordinary celebration of French cuisine, conviviality and company: Good France, also known as Gout de France. Cambodia was no trailer when it came to taking part in this global gustatory communion, with some of Phnom Penh’s best-loved, and also newest restaurants, including of course Khéma and Topaz, taking part.
We were delighted to host hungry francophiles for two special menus dedicated to the best of French on the evening of 21 March. As the French culinary legend Paul Bocuse, in whose honour this year’s celebration was held said,“traditional or modern, there is only one cuisine... good cuisine”. And with that in mind, each establishment took a different approach, with Topaz celebrating haute cuisine and Khéma bringing out the best of bistro. They did have one thing in common though: cheese plates featuring sublime cheeses from the larders of Les Frères Marchand, one of France’s premier cheese mongers.
In a true demonstration of diplomacy (and constitution) France’s Ambassador to Cambodia, Ms Eva Nguyen Binh, joined by Guillaume Massin, president of the French Chamber of Commerce, in visiting every participating restaurant in Phnom Penh.
We’d like to congratulate everyone who took part in another successful year, only the fourth one yet — including Restaurant Le Royal at Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Bouchon Wine Bar, Le Bistro at IFC, Open Wine, Club Millesime at Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra, and the brand-new Pépé Bistro, and in Siem Reap Le Grand at Raffles Le Grand d’Angkor and Mouhot’s Dream — in promoting the love of France, French culture and the World’s Greatest French Dinner.