Thalias Hospitality

BlogsWe’ve got a Fabulous Festival of Flavours for You this Festive Season

“Oh, come all ye hungry, joyful and triumphant” and join us at Topaz or Khéma for a special Christmas celebration that will be a giant bouquet of flavours, family and friends. Our teams have wrapped up some iconic menus for you, but you’ll need to be quick… If anyone else feels like last Christmas and New Year’s Eve were either last century or last week, you are not alone! Mercifully, our teams have not been forced to ponder what they’re going to prepare for you for the last two decades, but they have taken a little longer than a week…
Arnaud Darc (left), Thalias CEO, at the signature of partnership with Meridian International Holding, 2021.

BlogsHow Did Arnaud Darc get to where he is today?

An entrepreneur, a leader, a cultivator of talent, and a lighthouse for industry: how did Thalias CEO Arnaud Darc get to where he is today? We took a time-out with him to dig into some of the things that have influenced him, and how he keeps going underneath his many hats… We sat down with Thalias CEO Arnaud Darc to ask him some questions about leadership, switching off and why the mistakes we make can become the bedrock of future success. How would you define your leadership style? I see my main role as being to identify and nurture the…
Le fois gras poêlé - Topaz.

BlogsOne Ingredient to Bind Them: Foie Gras

There are few things more quintessentially French than a sublime sliver of silky smooth foie gras perched atop a slice of crisp baguette. This luxurious “fat liver” is one of our key ingredients at Topaz, and for very good reason… . At Topaz, we’ll soon be launching an exciting new menu where you’ll find some completely new dishes, some lively twists on old favourites, and some of your most-loved dishes just as you’ve always enjoyed them. As always, the menu is unmistakably French, as are the ingredients, one of which holds pride of place in all our hearts: Foie Gras.…
Giuseppe Napoletano, new chef at Siena in Flatiron, Phnom Penh

BlogsPresto a Siena! Real Italian Food…

It’s ironic that one of the world’s best-loved foods is also one of its most not-so-much misunderstood, but rather under-understood. Italian cuisine has a great deal more to offer than pizza and pasta, and that’s what we’re looking forward to bringing you at Siena at Flatiron. We took a small dive into Italy’s incredibly rich and varied culinary history to give you a glimpse of what’s coming …. We’re really excited about the (coming soon!) opening of Siena at Flatiron, a brand-new Italian steakhouse rooted in real Italian ingredients and traditional Italian cooking from the north and south of the…
A student at Ecole Paul Dubrule

BlogsPaul Dubrule School’s Post-Pandemic Pedal Back to Vitality

With twenty years of building futures under its belt, the hospitality training school at Paul Dubrule is keeping its eye on the road ahead, for its students, and for Cambodia… This December, Paul Dubrule School will celebrate its 20th anniversary, so we took the opportunity to have a look back at the history of this emblematic establishment for professional training in Cambodia’s tourism and hospitality sector which has helped almost 4,000 graduates from all walks of life find their path in life. We took a lunchtime tour with director François Schnoebelen along laughter-filled corridors and among well-equipped classrooms. As we…

BlogsHitting the High Notes: Alsace’s Hugel Gentil

Thanks to their bright, clean flavours Alsatian wines have long been a safe pick for anyone looking to pair a good white wine with Southeast Asian foods. In the Hugel Gentil available at Khéma you’ll find a wine that serves as a perfect introduction to Alsatian wines, thanks to its production method which brings together the “suave, spicy flavour of Gewürztraminer, the structure of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner”. What does all this mean? The name Gentil dates back to the 1920s and is reserved for…
Offerings of food, drinks and prayers are made to deceased relatives in pagodas

BlogsHappy Birthday to You! And other Lucky Charms…

We don’t often think of food’s symbolic powers, but they’re still there all the time and every day. Whether it’s the extra portion of care you put into preparing a dish for someone you love, or the warm comfort of a simple meal that takes you back to your childhood, there is often a silent meaning in every bite we eat. Taken a step further, food can be linked not just to our innermost feelings and experiences, but also to a more communal, external sense of history and culture. This doesn’t just mean the shared recipes of a given place…
Phka Rumdoul Rice - Image by Khmer Times

BlogsRight on Top: Phka Rumdoul Voted Best Rice in the World. Again

Cambodia’a jasmine rice, Phka Rumdoul, has once again been crowned the world’s best rice by the World Rice Conference held by The Rice Trade (TRT) in Phuket, Thailand. This is the fifth time Cambodian rice has received this award since it started participating in the Conference, with prior wins in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018. Cambodian premium jasmine rice is grown in the wet season and is highly prized for its extra-long grain, soft texture and a distinctive flavour that exudes a strong, natural perfume. Cambodia’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, H.E. Dith Tina, expressed his congratulations on the…
Bakery in Nice, France, November 28, 2022. REUTERS

BlogsA Slice of Life: The French Baguette Recognised as a World Heritage

Last month, the emblematic French Baguette was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage by Uneseco, bringing France’s recorded number of cultural elements up to 25, including the Gastronomic Meal of the French, perfume making in Grasse, the Carnival of Granville and Summer Solstice Fire Festivals in the Pyrenees. Intangible cultural heritage is a practice, representation, expression, knowledge or skill considered by Unesco to be part of a place’s cultural heritage. It is those things we cannot see or touch but which represent a culture’s essence, such as its folklore, customs, beliefs, traditions, knowledge and languages. Thus, the latest…

BlogsThalias Group To Win Energy Consumption Related Award

The Ministry of Environment is leading the way on showing companies how to save big, and help save the planet too… On October 28, Thalias was delighted and honoured to step up to the podium to receive two awards at the Cambodian Energy Efficiency Competition organised by the Ministry of Environment, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia and Sevea Consulting with the support of the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance and Schneider Electric. This competition was created in order to encourage businesses and institutions to cut back on their energy usage, and to recognise the efforts of those that successfully do…