Kroya, Shinta Mani Club
Sample contemporary Cambodian from a swing seat
If you’re not staying at Shinta Mani Resort and Club, it’s worth dining at the Shinta Mani’s Club’s Cambodian restaurant Kroya, just to enjoy the striking décor by Asia’s foremost hotel architect-designer, Bangkok-based Bill Bensley. Bensley has a flamboyant sense of style and meticulous attention to detail that can turn a simple space into something special. Inspired by Cambodia’s heritage, the restaurant features ribbed columns, which tip a hat to Angkor, and splashes of the tangerine of monks’ robes in the glassware and cushions. The Cambodian chefs in the kitchen at Kroya work with local produce to create menus that change with the country’s distinct seasons, with a focus on contemporary Cambodian cuisine and tapas-like portions of dishes that enable you to sample a range of local flavours. Reserve a table inside if you’re planning on trying the seven-course Khmer tasting menu. Otherwise, if you’re happy to graze in a more casual setting, then reserve a fun swing table outside. When you call ask if there’s live jazz on and if there is definitely book outside. Pop upstairs to the intimate Bensley Bar for a pre- or post-dinner cocktail.
By Lara Dunston
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