El had to work so Pete and his friend Nick picked us up in a tuk tuk and we headed off for Riverside. This area is probably more touristy than where we are staying but it has lots of bars and little shops and great views across the mighty Mekong River.
We settled in a bar on the second floor of an old style building and watched the sunset drinking cocktails. ( poor El at work!)
We then moved onto dinner. Pete suggested a little place with fantastic ribs but Nick the restauranter stepped in and said it was Christmas and he thought we should step it up! No red plastic chairs tonight!
He also knows a few people in the restaurant business in PP so quickly got on the phone and got a table at Chinese House.
A quick tuk tuk ride took us further up river to a beautiful oldFrench style villa – all slightly crumbling but stylish, exotic and aging all at once. Nick was greeted by the chef, a young woman from South Africa and the owner a man also from SA. We skipped the gorgeous downstairs bar and went up to the fantastic dining room.
Great place, great food, lovely surroundings and Pete and Nick to keep us entertained.
We went back to Che Culo after dinner and had s nightcap with El before walking a few blocks home.
A lovely night.