Phnom Penh’s historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal will start a special set menu program tomorrow, June 15 to coincide with the World Heritage Committee that runs through June 30 and features the original menu that was served to Jacqueline Kennedy when she visited Cambodia in 1967. For this historical occasion, the menu choice was assembled by the Royal Palace.
The 1967 Jacqueline Kennedy heritage menu features Crème de Volaille, Rissoles au Foie Gras, Salade de Jardin, Médaillon de Bœuf aux Champignons Sauvages and Crème Renversée a la Vanille. Prices range from$89 exclusive of beverages, $134 inclusive of sommelier’s wine pairing selection and $115 including the book “A Life Dedicated to Cambodia”. Prices are subject to a service charge. The menu is available at Restaurant Le Royal from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm from June 15 to 30.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s Elephant bar will also highlight its heritage cocktails selection giving each glass a 50% per cent discount from 2 pm to 12 midnight. Creations include the “Femme Fatale” - a Champagne cocktail created in 1967 when Jacqueline Kennedy visited Cambodia; the “Airavata” – which is based on the legend of the white elephant with a mysterious concoction presented in a hand-made elephant grand tasse; the “Paris Sling” - created by Raffles Paris Le Royal Monceau, inspired by the original Singapore Sling cocktail with added French flair and a Parisian twist; and, not to be forgetten, the well known “Singapore Sling” which was a creation of Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915.
Raffles gift shop Le Phnom is also offering a bundle of three books for $80 including the book “A Life Dedicated to Cambodia” that commemorates the life and times of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk; “When the War was Over” (1986) by Elizabeth Becker, a history of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, which includes a rare interview with Pol Pot, and has been critically acclaimed as one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the Khmer Rouge Revolution, and “Cambodia’s Top Tables” featuring 52 of Cambodia’s top chefs who recreate their signature dishes. Raffles Hotel Le Royal executive chef Steve Van Remoortel’s Pheasant Brabanconne is featured and the authors are Clive Graham Ranger and chef Luu Meng.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal General Manager Richard Schestak said the arrival of the World Heritage Committee presented an excellent opportunity to celebrate the hotel’s heritage and feature the culinary highlights of the hotel since its initial opening in 1929. Schestak, who has served as Raffles Hotel Le Royal’s General Manager for the last three years, was just appointed last week as the General Manager for the new, 200-room Raffles Hotel in Jakarta, which is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2014.
Schestak took the opportunity to express how much he has enjoyed his experience in Cambodia.
“It has been a unique experience to live and work in Phnom Penh, a market that is developing well whilst still maintaining its original “rawness” as an authentic Asian city. We have had the pleasure to host many dignitaries and I’m delighted about several enhancements we have achieved within the hotel including the refurbishment of all suites, rooms, ballroom and public areas. I’m very proud of the great achievements of my team and how everyone has developed and grown professionally.
“The compactness of Phnom Penh enabled me to quickly meet many acquaintances within the business circles and diplomatic corps, but also to make personal friendships that will last into the future. Each market and each hotel has its unique idiosyncrasies which makes our business exciting and provides lifelong learning,” Schestak said.
“Although we are very discreet about our guest list, we are proud that we continue to attract celebrities from all over the world who visit Phnom Penh. The reason these guests stay with us is our presence of being an iconic heritage hotel carrying the Raffles brand, coupled with the charming and enchanting service our staff provides.”
Schestak also likes to describe Raffles Hotel Le Royal as an “oasis” and colonial residence.
“Hotel Le Royal is more of a grand mansion than a hotel. That not only reflects the physical attributes, but it also reflects in the style our charming employees take care of our residents.”
Schestak said a number of the World Heritage Committee delegations would be staying at Raffles.