Phnom Penh, Cambodia

If any restaurant deserves the title ‘grand dame’, it’s this celebratory French spot on one of Phnom Penh’s oldest boulevards. Sure, it may only have opened in 1997, a relative baby compared to many landmark restaurants in Europe but its attitude is distinctly, proudly and pleasingly traditional. Alain Darc comes from a long line of cooks – including an ancestor who served as chef to King Louis XVIII in the early 1800s – and oversees menus liberally sprinkled with caviar, foie gras and oysters. Sides come in the form of potato puree with enough butter to feed a family for a week. An extensive wine list includes Duval Leroy Champagne, which can’t be found anywhere else in the country. The range of spaces to dine in is astonishing. On a date? Book a table in the courtyard garden under the canopy of Norodom Boulevard’s oldest Banyan Tree. Looking for a drink and a snack? Head to the brandy library. Throwing a party? Bag one of eight private dining rooms. Keen to wow 200 of your closest friends? The ballroom is the obvious choice.

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162 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, PP 12302