Randomness (r_ness) wrote,
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FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club of Cambodia)

I'd heard this place did good breakfasts, and I'd looked in the night before, when it seemed like a very nice place to have an evening drink. So, on my way to the Grand Palace, I decided to give it a try.

FCC Phnom Penh
363 Sisowath Quay
Phnom Penh
Cambodia
daily: 0800-2400
phone: office: +855.23.210.142 bar: +855.23.724.014
email: fcc_pp@online.com.kh
Visa/MasterCard accepted with 3% surcharge; all menu prices in US$.
English menu.

I opted for "The Full Monty", basically an English cooked breakfast: English sausage, American bacon, a couple of eggs (fried or scrambled), fried tomato, fried mushrooms, a thick, hamburger-shaped patty of hash browns, and two big, thick slices of toast with butter and jam (not fried). A 12 oz glass of orange juice with ice and a pot of tea (or coffee) big enough for a couple of cups completes the offering, all for $7.50.

This is pretty steep for Phnom Penh, but the food, while not outstanding, is very filling. The eggs were scrambled with scallions, and the hash brown patty had them mixed in, which made them both fragrant and tasty. What really distinguishes this place, however, from its competitors along Sisowath Quay is its location: a second-floor (American; English first-floor) balcony with a great view of the Tonle Sap. It's far enough up that irritating street noise is muffled to a dull roar. This is a great place to sit, read the paper (both the two Bangkok English-language dailies, and the local English-language papers are available), and figure out what you're going to do for the day, even if the prices are high.

Service was provided by a waitress who had clearly gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, as her expression ran the gamut from peeved to surly. There was nothing wrong with the service (and I noticed that she was being peevish to everyone, fellow staff included) and other staff were quite friendly.

I mentioned breakfast was filling; remarkably enough, given that the portion didn't look particularly large, I am still not hungry seven hours later. Perhaps it's the heat.

The FCC in Phnom Penh has prepaid wireless net available. I saw a couple of people using their laptops this morning.
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