Van's Restaurant, - review by Rusty Compass
Phnom Penh | eating guide

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Van's Restaurant,

| 30 Jul 2012
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Van's Restaurant,
No. 5, St. 102, Place de la Poste 12202 Phnom Penh
+855 23 722 067

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Price guide: $$$$

Our rating
30 Jul 2012

Van's is an upscale French restaurant in the striking colonial era Indochina Bank building. It's a great spot for a special night out in Phnom Penh.

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One of Phnom Penh's grandest colonial buildings, the old Bank of Indochina, is now Van's Restaurant, serving French cuisine in a fine dining setting.

This is a landmark building in a landmark Phnom Penh location so make sure you pass by. If the menu pricing is beyond your budget (pricing is on a par with similar style restaurants in the West unsuprisingly), It's well worth heading up to the usually deserted rooftop for a late afternoon drink.

The rooftop looks across historic Post Office Square and the tip of Wat Phnom can also be seen in the distance.

Van's is a good dining option if you're looking for a special night out in Phnom Penh. The classic French menu gets mainly good reviews and we enjoyed our meal very much. Mains are priced around the US$25 - US$40 mark.

Staff are friendly and attentive though the whole black bow-tie and vest "colonial Indochine" look might be getting a bit tired.

The building retains lots of original features including the old reinforced bank vaults - now used as offices. The Bank of Indochina logo remains on the wrought iron gates and the marble floor.

The Khmer Chinese family that owned the building in the 1960s returned to it a decade ago and after careful restoration, opened the restaurant.

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