FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club), Siem Reap
FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club), Siem Reap was our lunch destination on day 4 of the Kennett family Siem Reap adventure. We’d been to two museums already and needed watering and feeding. I made this choice based on our experiences of FCC in Phnom Penh, the ‘sister’ location. And boy oh boy was I glad to have made this choice. This restaurant rocks. Its light, it’s airy, it’s colonial in style, the drinks are amazing and to the food is exceptional. It should be a MUST on any travelers itinerary in Siem Reap.
Get yourself to; Pokambor Avenue, next to the Royal Residence.
Call them @ +855 63760 280
I guarantee whole-heartedly you will NOT be disappointed. We had 5 food critics this day, and all concurred how good this place is. FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club), Siem Reap, is going to get a 4.5 out of 5. No questions asked it has a high rating for everything. We had such a great time here for a few hours.
What did we eat?:
Chicken fingers with French fries;
Fish & chips for kids;
Grilled sea bass;
Stir fried chicken mince;
Khmer tasting platter;
Tempura prawn shooters;
Coconut panna cotta; and
What do you reckon? A tad over the top? Too much food? Well let me tell you, every single scrap, and morsel of food was cleaned from the plates. No wastage here today. A great selection for kids and adults alike, and Asian/local and Western alike. A fantastic menu. I think we all look super happy below.
Frontline is made with chili and Kampot pepper infused vodka (exactly why I chose this – OMG), passion fruit, lime and vanilla syrup. Holy cow, this one clears the cobwebs. What a drink. It says it is a timeless favourite with journalists. If you need to be awake to get some last minute copy out, then this is the drink – BOOM!!!
Mary and I have quaffed these down at FCC in Phnom Penh with our great mates Dougy and Ged. These little blighters are just exceptional. Tempura battered prawns, stuck in a shot glass with this divine sauce in the bottom. The sauce is like Thousand Island’s on steroids, accompanied by some crunchy fine chopped vegetables. You have to eat these. You will want more, I guarantee, but here comes main course!
Mary said the fish was killer, as it was so very fresh. I tried to potato puree. If you want to eat the very best mash potato you’ll ever eat in your life, then order this dish. Holy shit it’s so so good. Mash from heaven!
Now I didn’t taken pictures of the kids meals. I mean, come on, its chicken nuggets and batter fish. But I just wanted to give a mention for how good these were too. The food flew off the plate. The kids loved it too.
I will absolutely be copying this to my best endeavours. This little chicken mince salad was flavour popping. It is an absolute cracker of a local Khmer dish. This rocked my boat, believe me. The description in the menu was what drew me to this; stir fried chicken mince with, lemongrass, sour leaf, and red curry paste “Chhar Kroeung Moan Tamung”. FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club), Siem Reap, you had me at hello.
This dish literally did go pop, pop, pop. As you pop it in your mouth you get one flavour, chew it and another comes to the fore, start to swallow it and the back of your tongue gets a hit, and then fully swallow it and another burst of sour/sweet/curry kicks in. It is an absolute cracker. A must have!
Holy shit – stop the boat. The berry coulee is to die for. The panna cotta is just an OMG moment. When you whack it in your gob you get a little hit of flavour, but once inside for a second or two this explosion of coconut creaminess hits you. It is simply incredible. I loved this dessert, which is quite surprising for yours truly.