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Touk readies to make its mark

Touk readies to make its mark

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One of the Riverside’s newest establishments promises something for everyone

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Stephanie Mee

Anandi Deonarine is the new general manager and events coordinator of Touk Restaurant and bar.

One of Riverside's newest additions to the strip has undergone many transformations in a relatively short period of time, but its newest incarnation as Touk Restaurant and Bar is surely the classiest one to date.

Formerly River Strip Bar, on the corner of Street 178 and Sisowath Quay, the second-floor bar in a prime river viewing-location has evolved from a dark, dingy, little visited establishment to a bright, airy restaurant and lounge. Adorned with colourful water themed paintings and large wicker chairs with simple cream coloured cushions, the bar sports a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience.

Inspiring views

Unobstructed serene views of the Bassac and Mekong rivers can be seen from almost any seat in either of the spacious air-conditioned rooms, and conveniently placed chairs line the window ledges, offering prime vantage points to watch the sunset.

It's no wonder that the five months of renovations have transpired into such a laid-back, yet stylish locale, as the changes were made under the experienced eye of owner Srey Pich, who also co-owns Herb Café and Shadow Bar.

"I wanted to open something new on the riverfront and give it a Khmer name as my other two places have English names," said Srey Pich. "Touk means boat in Khmer, which suits this place as we are so close to the river."

The restaurant's menu is worthy of any upmarket restaurant in the capital.

Dishes include Khmer specialities such as fried ta oun fish with pickled bean and ginger, lotus root salad with pork and bacon, and steamed chicken in Chinese whiskey sauce as well as Western influenced innovations like grilled pork fillet with pineapple salsa, chicken with brandy sauce and clams stuffed with apple curry chutney.

Something for everyone

Dishes range from US$3.00 to US$11.00, and are rounded off by an extensive drink menu including fresh fruit juices, wine by the glass, enticing cocktails, and local and imported beer and spirits.

Touk means boat in khmer, which suits this place as we are so close to the river.

General manager and events co-ordinator Anandi Deonarine says that she wants to make Touk into a contemporary and comfortable venue where people can have a good time both during the day and at night.
"The place is a great space for people to have some lunch and a beer and watch the river during the day, and a place to meet up with friends for good food, good drinks and good times at night," she said.

Touk will throw their grand-opening party this Friday with free food for all, cheeky drink specials, and hoppin' tunes.

To check out the party head to the corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 178, or call 099 701 566.

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