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Come for the food at Paddy Rice

Paddy Rice

A few weeks back Vinh and I met for lunch.  It was Superbowl Monday here in Cambodia so we wanted to get some bar food and decided to try the food at Paddy Rice, a cool Irish pub that opened last year.  It’s been a great addition to the bar scene in PP but I didn’t realize they had a decent kitchen as well.

 

Club sandwich at Paddy Rice

Although not the most exotic item on the menu I went for the solid club sandwich which was a pretty good value for around $5.  The club was really well done, turkey is pretty rare out here so they had breaded and fried chicken instead which was a great addition.  I like way too much mayo on my clubs which you really only get in NYC bodega’s  so I won’t hold that against the PR club.  The fries were way too big for me but I guess this is the Irish style.

The rest of the meal was pretty good.  The onion rings were great, if a bit greasy, and the apple pie was pretty amazing.  The meal did take almost 2 hours due to the slow service which was starting to kill me towards the end.  But it was a nice day and we had a nice table outside on the river so it was alright.  — Bryse

 

Onion rings at Paddy Rice

We ordered onion rings for starters. A decent amount came with the order and were cooked to perfection.  Another plus was the thai heinz ketchup. The only problem was the pools of oil that pooled at the bottom of the plate. I just wished they would have placed them on some paper towels before sending them out.

 

Steak and Guinness Pie at Paddy Rice

The good was a tasty Steak and Guinness Pie. One thing that I noticed right away was that this was a no nonsense meal. All you get on the plate is the pie and some thick chips on the side. I looked at the other two dishes that came out and saw some nice presentations.  I guess you don’t need to pretty up something that tastes this good. A nicely browned puff pastry covered the goods inside which comprised of steak, carrots and onions in a rich gravy.

I had a bite of Bryse’s club sandwich and was very surprised at how fresh it tasted. The only problem I had with it was it was a bit dry. Luckily, I ordered some garlic mayonnaise to dip my fries in and that definitely helped moisten things up for me.

 

Apple pie ala mode at Paddy Rice

Lastly, we ordered the apple pie a la mode. It was a bit odd looking as there were some crusty bits in which the ice cream sat on. The pie itself was nice and warm with lots of apple filling. Paired with the crusty bits and ice cream, it was a great finish to the meal.  — Vinh

3 out of 5 nyamies – Vinh

3 out of 5 nyamies – Bryse

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Mama’s New York Deli

I drive a motorbike in this town and one of the things I miss is the scenery that whizzes on by. I think it’s my constant paranoia of being run over by a helmetless freshie boy on a moto or a plateless SUV barreling down the wrong side of the street that keeps my eyes glued to the road. Which is why I have been taking walks around town. It gives me a chance to check things out and also to keep up with my podcasts.

Mama's New York Deli exterior

Mama's New York Deli exterior

It was on one of these walks when I spied a new restaurant near my house and stopped on in. To my surprise, an old acquaintance opened the joint with her running the front of the house while her mom (Mama Ung) commands the kitchen.
We had a bit of a chat and went for a review a couple of days later.

One note about the review: Mama’s was only open 5 days so the food and prices might have changed.

Mama’s is a no frills restaurant with an interior has a spartan and airy feel to it. There is a refrigeration unit on your right when you walk in that carries all sorts of drinks but if you are looking for a cheap drink, they have fountain sodas for only $0.50.

The food is anything but spartan. The portions are huge and very tasty. Every plate came with a fresh garden salad, french fries and homemade pickles. Just what I would like from a deli style restaurant.  We ordered the corned beef on rye, the meatball sub on baguette and the patty melt (which wasn’t part of the menu but is now).

Corned beef sandwich with french fries and homemade pickle

Corned beef sandwich with french fries and homemade pickle

The corned beef was cut deli style and served with chopped lettuce, sliced tomato, a slice of white cheddar and slathered with mayo. The rye was toasted on a griddle and had enough butter to keep me wiping my hands on my napkin.

Meatball sub at Mama's New York Deli

Meatball sub at Mama's New York Deli

I enjoyed the meatball sub which had a great tomato sauce that was tangy and sweet. Once again portion size wasn’t a problem but I feel a bit of cheese could have helped along the sub.

Patty melt at Mama's New York Deli

Patty melt at Mama's New York Deli

My favorite was the patty melt. A patty melt is traditionally a hamburger patty, grilled onions and cheese (swiss or cheddar) stuffed between two pieces of rye bread. The sandwich is then fried with some butter on a griddle to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Since it wasn’t on the menu, it was an adhoc affair with way too much cheese on the burger. Usually I don’t complain about these things but after eating the first two sandwiches, the level of gluttony was hitting epic levels.  — Vinh

Cheese overload on the patty melt

Cheese overload on the patty melt

Having lived in NYC for a few years and being relatively poor, I ate slices and bodega deli sandwiches for probably 75% of my meals.   There is just something about how NYC deli’s don’t hold back on the unhealthy-ness.  Everything is buttered, grilled, slathered with mayo and delicious and Mama’s has this down.  We started with the corn beef and meatball sub which were both damn good.  Corn beef was the stand out on this first round of sandwiches but the meatball sub was not bad at all, I think it’s just tough to get a good roll here.

For the next round we asked if they could make a patty melt which wasn’t on the menu but after some explanation they agreed to give it a try.  Oh man, it was bomb.  As Vinh mentioned, a little overloaded with cheese but it kind of just fell out on the side so if you avoided that chunk, the rest was amazing.  The homemade fries were lacking but we had way too much food so I wasn’t missing them.  Overall, this place is great and I’m happy for some NYC comfort food. — Bryse

4.5 out of 5 nyamies Bryse

3.5 out of 5 nyamies Vinh

The menu has changed from the time of review so I have enclosed the menu here.
Mama’s New York Deli
House #60, Street 63
Inbetween streets 380 and 392
078 948 103

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Nyam BKK

Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin Donuts

Please forgive the worst pic on the blog (shot from my cell phone) but I just got back from a short trip to Bangkok and had some really great food.  This shot is of the least amazing food, a Krispy Kreme vs. Dunkin Donuts taste test (KK won in texture and DD on flavor and we all felt horrible after).

Burgers – Garage , 2nd Floor of All Seasons Place on Wireless road – Really tasty bacon cheeseburgers at an American themed restaurant in some huge office building mall.

Vietnamese – Xuan Mai, 351/3 Sukhumvit 55 – Absolutely amazing food, a bit pricey for Vietnamese but wow.  Some highlights were the honey suckel flower with pork and shrimp and a creme brulee desert served in an empty coconut.  Also, the Owner of the place was Miss Siagon in the 70s and apparently worked for the CIA.  Really great dinner.

Street food – Sukhumvit Soi 38 night market – Crispy pork wonton soup + too much chili pepper = delicious

Italian – Bacco, 35/1 Sukhumvit Soi 53 – Nice wood fired pizza with some interesting topping choices.

Bryse

UPDATE: the “bun in the oven” shown in the photo above has been born!  Sunday morning happy and healthy but still no name …

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