G et RED. And get to RED fast, because Phnom Penh's newest, trend-setting
restaurant will probably have lines around the block with diners jockeying for
reservations once word gets out.
The brain child of Bill Grant - the man
who gave Crackers its snap and who appears to have been hiding out quite
successfully in various gardens around town, including the French embassy's, for
over a year - RED is, well, absolutely RED. Try RED's Mexatini cocktail while
you're at it, described by one contented customer as "a savoury blend of
soothing rocket fuel."
To gas up, look for something RED between the two
Green Houses on Sihanouk Blvd.
Of course, one can also gas up at the new
Irish Rover pub on the corner of St. 51 and Sihanouk Blvd where, according to
owner Jim Kennelly, "you can meet Irish people who speak English you'll hardly
understand." The pub was supposed to be named "Wild Rover" but after a late
night epiphany enhanced by some Tullamore Dew, the license forms mysteriously
ended up with the word "Irish" on them. Kennelly says a Molly Malone Salad Bar
is in the works, he had no trouble finding green paint, the Irish Times will be
available, and he has green and orange-colored trash cans.
has it that for the upcoming visit by US Secretary of State Warren Christopher,
the embassy has put in a request to reserve 138 rooms at the Cambodiana.
The distinguished patrons of the Ettamogah Pub want to salute Vuthy, and
wish him all the best on the occasion of his marriage.
It's official. The
new French Embassy compound has been voted the chicest in Asia. The July 14
celebrations there were a roaring success, in spite of a few grumbles about
French gendarmes using strong arm tactics to keep juiced-up revellers from
drowning themselves in the pool.
The embassy also needs to be applauded
for its unheralded stand in support of free speech. The word is that
Municipality police suggested they prohibit the demonstration outside the
embassy against the planned nuclear tests in the South Pacific. The embassy
replied: "Absolument, Non."
All due apologies and a serious correction is
in order. Mark Blake did not take his own life. He died from complications
resulting from pulmonary failure.