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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