The Grey Kh­mer Grill

Cambodia Insight - - CONTENTS - Credit: Chinda So­van

“The Grey” is lo­cated in a new Vil­lage in Siem Reap, across the river from the Old Mar­ket. This com­prises 15 restau­rants & cafes and a dozen bou­tiques. It pro­vides En­ter­tain­ment & Nightlife in a se­cluded space with won­der­ful am­bi­ence, well-de­signed de­tails, and el­e­gant sur­round­ings.

“The Grey” is lo­cated just to the right of the en­trance to King’s Road Vil­lage from the river and is a Kh­mer in­spired, up-scale restau­rant set in a beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional style wooden house. The 70’s in­spired in­te­rior decor pro­vides a com­fort­able at­mos­phere to en­joy the sur­round­ings, while over­look­ing the pic­turesque Siem Reap River. The ground floor is open air, while the first floor has in­door ta­bles with A/C, plus open air seat­ing on the bal­cony around the out­side of the house. When we ar­rived, the staff were friendly and very wel­com­ing. We opted to sit on the first floor where the view over the river was im­pres­sive and cer­tainly en­joy­able. The menu of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of food rang­ing from in­ter­na­tional tapas to western style grill and tra­di­tional Kh­mer BBQ. While we were mak­ing our choice, we de­cided to or­der cock­tails, a Sin­ga­pore Sling and a Mo­jito.

Af­ter a short dis­cus­sion we de­cided to or­der the spe­cialty of the house; the Ph­nom Ple­ung (Fire Moun­tain). This is a unique type of Cam­bo­dian BBQ (re­sem­bling a flame grill and steam boat com­bined in one) with a choice of 7 or 13 meats for $17, or $29.50 re­spec­tively for two peo­ple. We opted for the smaller, 7 meat se­lec­tion and ac­com­pa­nied it with a bot­tle of New Zealand Sauvi­gnon Blanc from Mussel Bay, Marl­bor­ough.

Soon the grill was brought and set in the cen­ter of the ta­ble and the wait­ress larded the top of the cooker. She brought a large bas­ket with veg­eta­bles and noo­dles and loaded them into the hot wa­ter broth for us. Then a three-tier bas­ket ar­rived with the var­i­ous meat in it.

The wait­ress wanted to load up the meat too, but we de­cided we would do this, be­cause the good thing about a Kh­mer BBQ is that you can re­lax and eat slowly. It’s a so­cial meal, al­low­ing you to eat and take your time, while al­low­ing you to en­joy your sur­round­ings and the com­pany of your friends and fam­ily. The food was very good - the meat was fresh, and the por­tions were ad­e­quate. The green veg­eta­bles were re­freshed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, and we got the im­pres­sion that we could have had as many re­fills as we wanted. The beef, which we cooked rare, was nice and ten­der, as was the chicken and pork. Then we moved on to the more ex­otic croc­o­dile, which was a lit­tle chewy, then the squid, bar­racuda fish and Es­padon (Sword­fish). The evening passed quickly and the wine was a per­fect choice with its aro­matic smell and dry fruity fla­vor. All in all it was a very pleas­ant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Not a bad value ei­ther, es­pe­cially com­pared to other sim­i­lar city-cen­tre BBQ restau­rants whose to­tal bill in­clud­ing drinks could eas­ily reach $50. The staff was very attentive, al­ways on hand when re­quired, and with the right guests, I will cer­tainly re­turn for more. Open­ing Hours: Daily 10 am to 11 pm Reser­va­tion: Tel. 063 966 940 or 078 486 940 Din­ing Op­tions: Lunch, Din­ner or Drinks only Ac­cepts: Visa or Mastercard Lo­ca­tion: Kings Road Angkor Vil­lage, Siem Reap

The out­side of “Grey” from River Road

The Ph­nom Ple­ung (Fire Moun­tain)

The in­te­rior of “Grey”

The Ph­nom Ple­ung (Fire Moun­tain)

The out­side bal­cony

The in­te­rior of “Grey”

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