Feast for the eyes at Khmer eatery

Feast for the eyes at Khmer eatery

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The Tropic Beer restaurant features wall frescos by the owner Sin Soben.

It's a great name for a band, but in fact it's the name of a restaurant: Tropic Beer, 300 meters from Angkor Market on Sivutha Boulevard.

It's owned by Sin Soben, a young tour guide who left Phnom Penh ten years ago to build a tourism career in Siem Reap, and opened his restaurant in July.

Inside the restaurant there's an ornamental pond and lots of creative décor, including a curtain made from old CDs. Paintings on the walls illustrate the life of Khmer people in different historical periods, including the French Protection, and Angkor empire.

There are also illustrations of the floating houses in Kampong Plouk Village in Siem Reap province.

The artist rendered all this in just under three days, and used only one colour: black

Food-wise, the restaurant's most popular dish, Tropical Grill Beef, not only tastes great but is healthy too, according to Sin Soben.

The beef is cut into strips, served with a salad and the popular bean cake sauce teuk taov hou. But it's the salad that packs the health wallop and this is down to the inclusion of the "useful vegetable," lady fingers. The second most popular dish is Green Pepper Steak, priced at only $3.

So if you want a taste of Cambodian history, and to devour some great Khmer food to the tune of romantic Khmer songs, Tropic Beer is the place to go.

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