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“A bit out of the way, but worth it”

The Touich Restaurant Bar
Ranked #25 of 983 Restaurants in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $17
Cuisines: Cambodian, Grill
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

We were referred to The Touich restaurant by our Cambodian guide, because of the "excellent local food," as he put it. While the restaurant is only a couple of kilometers from the tourist district, it is on a dark & pot-holed dirt road, requiring a bumpy (but exciting) ride on a tuk-tuk, about 10 minutes from the Victoria Hotel or the Raffles Hotel. The seating is open-air with a canopy, decorated with Chinese lanterns and flowers: not fancy, yet elegant.

We were very warmly greeted in English and seated on a dais in the front garden area; the staff set mosquito pots around our table to keep away flying insects.

Some of the menu items were not available, but we still had a variety of options, and settled on an appetizer of spring rolls, stuffed with shrimp, minced beef, mint & Thai basil, accompanied by chili sauce. Delicious!

Our entrees were a salt-encrusted red snapper, filleted table-side, and a beef filet with green peppercorn sauce. I really would not consider either of these dishes to be Cambodian, but the seasonings, side dishes & presentation lent a distinctive local flair.

The service was excellent! Because my wife was not very hungry when she arrived, she ate only about half of her entree, and three different staff members came by the table to see if there was any problem with the food. They seemed genuinely concerned that we had enjoyed everything. The bill was about US$30, including drinks. BTW only cash is accepted, no credit cards, and like most of the country, US dollars are preferred.

The Touich is an excellent local place that offers an elegant Cambodian take on the usual restaurant fare. I would certainly eat here again.

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Touich was recommended to us by a friend who described it as "rustic," but aside from the dirt street it is on it was anything but. The decor was lovely and the food was incredible. We don't eat fish but the red snapper was so highly recommended on Trip Advisor that we tried it and we loved it. We also loved the Khmer mojito, which was made with rice wine and ginger. We were in Siem Reap for 4 nights and ate here twice!

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We really enjoyed this place. The steak was amazing, as expected. The curries were really good. In fact we enjoyed all the food except for the salt fish which was a little mushy. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The previous reviews are correct -- you should definitely eat here. Following previous advice, I emailed for a reservation, and promptly received a response. They said their free transport was already booked, so we hired a tuk-tuk for the evening for $8 from our hotel outside of town (we also had him stop for an hour at the night market for this price). The tuk-tuk ride is a "must do" experience for all but the most skittish of travellers; the last few minutes to the restaurant is a bit bumpy on the dirt roads.

Food at the restaurant is terrific, and the open-air settling is extremely plesant. Nice to have the Khmer beef filet option if you're "noodled out" from Asian travel. The beef is certainly not their best dish, and would be only decent in America, but is fantastic and extremely tender for Cambodia! Their mojito are excellent, and you can get a large jug of beer (more than enough for 2) for $3. Order a $1 passion fruit sorbet for dessert. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We really enjoyed eating at The Touich. Although seriously out of the way, it is worth the detour. Excellent food and service. Very nice decor as we ate outside in a ''garden''. Quiet location.

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