An institution: Decades on, PP’s Russian eatery still going strong

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An institution: Decades on, PP’s Russian eatery still going strong

Post by Kung-fu Hillbilly » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:43 pm

A selection of authentic Russian dishes available at Irina’s. Yousos Apdoulsrashim. Image PPP

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28 June 2019

Before her country declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Irina Godlevskaya and her family from Tashkent, Uzbekistan had had enough of their lives in Central Asia’s most populous country.

"Convinced, in 1990 she and her family uprooted and began their new lives 5,000km away in Southeast Asia.They brought with them the taste and traditions of their motherland, opening Irina’s Russian Restaurant in Phnom Penh.Today, 66-year-old Irina, along with her husband and daughter, run among Basaac Lane’s longest established and best known restaurants. "

"“We decided that it was time to settle in a new place, hoping for a better life. We sold everything, we had to start our new life here in Cambodia, opening this restaurant on a small scale, starting with only four tables. At that time, I noticed that Chinese and Thai restaurants dominated the food industry, it was quite diverse here, yet there was no Russian restaurant.”

"The Embassy of the Russian Federation on Sothearos Boulevard was where Irina’s Russian Restaurant was first located.“Before, my restaurant was inside the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Cambodia. At that time, almost all of my patrons were Russian. Later, I relocated my restaurant for public accessibility, and I received patrons from different nationalities, including Cambodians,” Irina says. "

"“Every five years, there is a Russian chef who comes to teach our local chef here in Cambodia to improve their knowledge and skills about authentic Russian dishes,” Alisa says. "

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Re: An institution: Decades on, PP’s Russian eatery still going strong

Post by Dog » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:56 pm

It is still good after all these years. Decent vodka too. Not too expensive and a welcome change from other cuisines.
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Re: An institution: Decades on, PP’s Russian eatery still going strong

Post by Jerry Atrick » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:05 pm

I'm in PP next week, quite fancy a borsht.
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