Restaurants & Bars 4

Cambodian Cuisine

Martha Gehan | Jul 29, 1999 12:53 PM

I recently went to the opening of an artist friend's
exhibition at a restaurant in Greenpoint called Lucien
Blue (btw, any feedback on this place, which looked
very upscale minimalist with a nice bar, would be
appreciated. It was closed the night of the
opening). He told me there was a very good Cambodian
restaurant across the street, and nine of us, all of
whom were ravenous, soon decamped there. The menu was,
to say the least, daunting. Pages and pages and pages,
designated by category (C for chicken, N for
noodles,etc.) and numbered within those categories-our
heads were spinning. Imagine my joy when I discovered
a review by Jim at the back of this hefty tome. I went
straight for one of his recommendations, the whole
fried fish, as did a couple of other members of the
party. It was delicious! Other highlights were
beautifully fresh springrolls and a complex, hearty
noodle soup seasoned with curry and chock-full of
delicious vegetables, including potatoes. The
Chinese-stle dishes a few others ordered-chicken
sauteed with peanuts or mustard greens and a beef saute
were bland and just passable. I see from searching
long-ago posts on this place that that has been a
common complaint . But that fish was amazing, and the
proprietor could not have been more sweet and kind. He
graciously stayed open long past his 10 PM closing time
to accommodate a second wave of hungry folks from the
opening and he was extremely patient whilst we all
dithered over his novel-length menu. I'm still
dreaming about that fish-will definitely go back soon.
Oh, and PS, the bill was $18 a head for enormous
amounts of food.

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