From post and freight powerhouse to Khéma La Poste

It’s been a long wait, but we’re thrilled to announce that Khéma La Poste finally opened its doors on 21 August, ready to serve Phnom Penh from 6am to 11pm with a fresh new menu of healthy, delicious meals and light bites as well as Khéma’s famed range of bread, cheeses, charcuterie and cakes (ok, these last ones are maybe not so “healthy” in the strictly pedantic meaning of the term, unless one considers their profoundly positive effects on the mind).

Set in a beautifully renovated premises between the Post Office and Sisowath Quay, the restaurant keeps the building’s innate old world sophistication buffed with a smart, contemporary polish: a perfect European café-style retreat for meeting friends or associates or simply relaxing with a quiet book and perhaps a glass of HobNob wine.

The building itself was once the back of the Messageries Fluviales de Cochinchine operation in Phnom Penh, a company established in 1881 by Jules Rueff after it became clear that financing for a railway line between Saigon and Phnom Penh would not be forthcoming.

The company’s boats initially connected Saigon with Phnom Penh and Battambang and, following some highly dangerous explorations up the Mekong, then to Stung Treng in order to connect with Khong in Vietnam. It eventually carried goods, mail and property along 3,000 kms of riverways across the region and, after a slightly disjointed start, became the most powerful company in Indochina.

At that time, the building was flanked by The Grand Hotel (now unrecognisable behind its new facade) and by the Customs Building, which has since been demolished. Along the road leading from Sisowath Quay towards the Post Office, the windows looked out on to Rue Jules Ferry (Street 13 — Ang Eng), and from there on to Rue Jeanneau (Street 98 — Santhor Mok).

We have worked hard to honour the building’s history and integrity while bringing it assuredly into today’s fast-moving, sophisticated world. The open space and high ceilings, exposed brickwork, iron work and refined details add up to a space that is smart, smooth and easy to be in, complemented by a menu that is sophisticated yet designed to cater to a wide range of tastes.

The classic Khéma menu has also had a bit of a revamp and now features a more international range of dishes, including a delicious Greek lamb moussaka that layers baked aubergine with minced lamb, cinnamon and béchamel sauce (one of our real favourites). We also have a hearty range of salads for those who don’t want to compromise on flavour while keeping an eye on their health. And there are plenty of classics too, such as Toulouse sausage, lobster bisque, fish tartare, beef carpaccio, pastas and so much more.

And we’ve worked just as hard to make sure that all this comes at outstanding value for money without losing any of the quality for which Khéma is so well known and loved.

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Don’t forget that we’re also available for private parties catered by our great team.