For years, French bistro Abacus and its charming owner, Renaud Fichet, have been known around town for fantastic cuisine, great cocktails and an amiable atmosphere. Facing an expiring lease, Fichet decided to take the restaurant to the next level, partnering with a new chef, Pascal Schmit (formerly of La Résidence d’Angkor) and moving to a larger space. Abacus’s lush grounds feature a stylish, glassed-in dining room that uses a minimalist palette of red, white and black; a casual open-air bar; and several outdoor tables set among flickering tiki torches and silk lamps.
The menu, whose daily offerings are written on a large blackboard, ranges from classic French dishes like goat cheese salad, roasted lamb leg and duck breast, to creative Khmer fare, such as frog legs in ginger sauce and fish filet with tamarind. Make sure to save room for dessert: the chocolate truffle cake with passion fruit coulis is divine.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Telephone: +855 12 644 286