Restaurant creates a living Cambodian style
Photo by: TRACEY SHELTON
much of Cambodia's culture is bound nostalgia that it's refreshing to
enter a space where the design styles are wholly Cambodian and
absolutely alive. Malis restaurant balances wide airy spaces with deep
rich wood and stone creating a lively contrast, the effect of which is
"It's not old, it's not fusion, it's not modern... it's
living. We don't forget the old, and we are not going too far into the
new," says Malis executive chef Luu Meng.
Lighted pillars stand at
the front of the restaurant behind which is an open courtyard and a
trio of fishponds. Dark wood tables are set up around the courtyard
under the overhanging tiled eves of the renovated villa. Malis is a
union of inside and outside spaces spanning three levels. The top two
floors harbour elegant private dining areas and balconies.
and trees are ubiquitous throughout. Champe trees twist out of lush
green grass and oversized vases with bamboo line the walkways of the
dining areas. The sound of fountains in the fishponds along with soft
lighting creates a serene ambiance.
Hand-woven Khmer silk fabrics
cover lampshades and chair cushions, and locally made tiles adorn the
floors. Malis Restaurant is elegant in design and succeeds in creating
a living Cambodian style.