Photo: Wat Lanka, Phnom Penh.

Che Culo!

#6B, St 302, Phnom Penh

#6B Street 302, Phnom Penh
T: (081) 470 221 
thttp://www.checulocambodia.com

Che Culo!

Che Culo! (“what luck!” in case you were wondering, though Google Translate swears it means “that ass!”) is a very cool little Spanish bar and “eatery”, and though we usually abhor that latter term, it does kind of work for a place that’s so neatly divided between drinking and dining, while doing enormous justice to both. Actually, Che Culo! is so neat, we kind of wish we could pack it up and take it home.

The smallish interior space is divided between an open and uncluttered drinking area (with, and we know this is not really relevant to your decision to go there even though you really should go, the most gorgeous floor tiling) and cosy booths on the side for those who want to get a little more intimate or tuck into some of the beautifully prepared Spanish food on offer. Outside, there’s a smaller courtyard with bench-style seating, good for long, late night group discussions about very, very important things

Show off at the bar or settle into a booth.

Show off at the bar or settle into a booth.

At lunch time they offer a small selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta, with prices ranging from $5 to $7, the latter for an excellent value slow-cooked lamb sandwich with pickled red cabbage on grilled sourdough, served with patatas bravas. In the evenings, things are less individualised with small sharing plates of dips, fritters, meatballs, and more, for $5.50 or $7. Sides of patatas bravas, sweet potato fries with parmesan and garlic aioli, steamed greens and a rocket, parmesan and orange salad can be had for $3.

We started with a shared plate of house dips: hummus, babaganoush, and a beetroot blend, served with flatbreads and a side of warmed olives — gentle encouragement to sip a cocktail a wine if ever there were any.

The cocktails listed are all $5 and veer towards the refreshing, though anything is of course possible. We tried the Senorita’s Delight — a shaken blend of vodka, peach brandy, raspberry puree and lemon juice.

A splendid starter.

A splendid starter.

We especially liked the sound of the Polski in Cambodge with Zubrowka, apple and cucumber served in a martini glass. The handful of wines were well chosen, ranging in price from $18/$20 for the uniformly excellent house wines to $32 for an Oyster Bay Pinot Noir.

The meatballs were magic, made from beef and pork, with a thick, rich tomato sauce topped with melted parmesan cheese. We thought we’d died and gone to heaven, especially since we had them on Mama’s Meatball Monday, when they’re only $2.50 for five. We’re also told that Taco Tuesday is unmissable, with reportedly delicious tacos for just $2 and jugs of margarita for $5.

We were delighted senoritas after this.

We were delighted senoritas after this.

We washed down the meatballs with a glass of Spanish wine, which would have been great value at $5, or more, but it was $2.50. We felt like we had cheated, so had another one to make up for it.

Very popular with expats, this place, all in all, is a winner, especially if you’re out with a small group of people. Highly recommended.


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Che Culo!
#6B Street 302, Phnom Penh
T: (081) 470 221 
thttp://www.checulocambodia.com

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