Wat Phnom Neighborhood Guide

  • Handmade lacquerware by Artisans d'Angkor.

    Handmade lacquerware by Artisans d'Angkor.

  • Silk krama weaving by a Artisan d'Angkor craftsman.

    Silk krama weaving by a Artisan d'Angkor craftsman.

  • Artisan's silk threads.

    Artisan's silk threads.

  • The art-infused interiors of Doors.

    The art-infused interiors of Doors.

  • A live performance at Doors.

    A live performance at Doors.

  • Suckling pig and apple sauce at Doors.

    Suckling pig and apple sauce at Doors.

  • The Landmark Room where Charlie Chaplin once laid his head.

    The Landmark Room where Charlie Chaplin once laid his head.

  • The lobby of the historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

    The lobby of the historic Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

  • The grand entrance of Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

    The grand entrance of Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

  • Tepui's opium den-esque dining room. Photo by Conor Wall

    Tepui's opium den-esque dining room. Photo by Conor Wall

  • Homemade corn cakes with braised pork at Tepui. Photo by Mona Simon

    Homemade corn cakes with braised pork at Tepui. Photo by Mona Simon

  • The tepui mojito. Photo by Mona Simon

    The tepui mojito. Photo by Mona Simon

  • Chicken liver mousse with crunchy crisps drizzled in port and grapes at Van's.

    Chicken liver mousse with crunchy crisps drizzled in port and grapes at Van's.

  • The restored facade of Van's restaurant.

    The restored facade of Van's restaurant.

  • The chef's signature beef rib with parsnip puree.

    The chef's signature beef rib with parsnip puree.

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Doors

The art-infused interiors of Doors.

The art-infused interiors of Doors.

The chef's signature beef rib with parsnip puree.

Beef rib with parsnip puree.

Funky tapas bar Doors is kitted out in industrial corrugated iron and glossy wood, with walls tagged in kaleidoscopic color by Brooklyn-based, Singaporean graffiti artist Sheryo. Residents flock here in the evenings for eclectic live music—everything from Latin DJs, bluesy noir bands, jazz ensembles, Cambodian surfer-rock, and Caribbean funk acts. Pintxos and tapas are served by night as a great accompaniment to the venue’s impressively presented cocktails. Piquant, creamy gazpacho soup sprinkled with salmon roe is a standout along with the quirky Toast and Jam—a drink of gin, crème de cassis, and blueberry served in a doily-wrapped jar with a wedge of toast and jam clipped on with a clothes peg. But this isn’t just a spot for the night owls; start your day here with a late morning feast with the indulgent Catalan-style Sunday brunch, which—inclusive of free-flow juice, coffee, wine, champagne, sangria, and ale—is a mere US$18. Sprawl out on huge communal tables with a newspaper and a carrot-and-ginger power juice before jumping into the serious stuff. Doors’ chocolate-slathered banana pancakes are delicious, as is the French toast with an apple-orange compote, berries, and crunchy, crisp bacon. The kitchen’s Josper charcoal oven is the pride and joy of Barcelona-born head chef Cristia Nou Picart, who says it’s the only one in the country and the secret behind his flaky pastries, and crisp pizza crusts as well as the brunch pièce de résistance: slow-cooked, marinated Australian rib-eye with asparagus and an airy parsnip and rosemary puree. Says Picart, “It’s slow cooked for hours and hours so that the meat just falls off the fork, and the Josper allows me to get the edges deliciously crispy… but I don’t want to give away too much.”

#18 corner of streets 47 and 84; 855-23/986-114; doorspp.com

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