Cambodia, a nation of rich culture, a devastating past and extreme resilience! My visit to Topaz restaurant, Cambodia’s number one rated restaurant, was testament to how far this nation has come in terms of evolving from their broken past and pushing towards a future filled with prosperity and class. Topaz is one of a chain of restaurants in the Thalias Group. Topaz has been named one of the top fine dining French restaurants in South East Asia, and produces quality French dishes utilising only the best Cambodian and French ingredients. The Thalias Group also own Malis (A fine dining Cambodian restaurant in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap) and Khema (A restaurant and gourmet delicatessen). A visit to any one of these exquisite restaurants provides a stark contrast to the confronting slums that I have been spending my last few weeks teaching in; although an unforgettable and amazing experience that I have been lucky enough to enjoy and share with you in my previous blogs!
On arrival at Topaz, I was amazed at how beautiful this restaurant was. Located on Preah Norodom Boulevard, the ‘Champs Elysees of Phnom Penh’, this restaurant boasted class and elegance from the moment I set my eyes on it. Greeted by a parking valet and welcoming waiters ushering us into the restaurant, I knew I was in for a night of ultimate dining!
All the waiters and waitresses at Topaz are trained in-house. This means that they have had no professional culinary service training; however, have learnt on the job. I found this quite extraordinary considering the staff were so professional, akin to that of any hatted Sydney restaurant.
The restaurant itself was elaborate to say the least; high wooden ceilings, detailed golden paintings, beautifully ornamented tables – adorned with all the bells and whistles!
To start, we had the Foie Gras Pot Pie. The pie dish was covered in crisp puff pastry, and inside was a light broth and Poached Foie Gras. The broth was very delicious, crisp, sweet and steaming hot. However, the texture of the poached Foie Gras was a little odd for my liking. I would have preferred this dish to perhaps include some shredded chicken instead of the Foie Gras.
Next we had the seared Foie Gras with Pineapple and Mango Salsa. Now, Foie Gras made many appearances in this meal, so if you aren’t a fan of this French delicacy, then maybe order something else. The Mango and Pineapple Salsa was very fresh and light; however, the Foie Gras seemed to have the same texture as the salsa. Although it was very silky, I would have preferred something with a bit of crunch to enjoy with this dish, perhaps some thinly sliced baguette lightly toasted. All in all, it was still extremely yummy.
For our main course, we started with the Lobster and Ravioli – a stand out dish for me! The lobster was cooked to perfection, and the cream sauce with lemon squeezed on top was just so good. I would definitely return to Topaz for the Lobster alone! Coupled with the Lobster were handmade Spinach Ravioli. Seriously, could you think of a more dreamy combination! This dish was a 10/10 for me.
Following the Lobster, we saw a return of the Foie Gras, in the form of Foie Gras Ravioli with Shaved Truffle and Cream Sauce. Now, this time, the Foie Gras was beautiful. There was not too much Foie Gras in this dish such that it overwhelmed the ravioli; it was very subtle and delicate. The cream sauce was simmered to perfection – thick and golden. The shaved truffle, coupled with the cream and the Foie Gras, was a match made in heaven. This dish was one for food connoisseurs – perfection!
For dessert, we had the Grand Marnier Souffle and boy was it good! It was risen to perfection, with a beautiful sugary coating on the crust, and had a light and fluffy mouse-like texture within. It tasted similar to an orange and poppy seed cake, and was just so dreamy to eat! I definitely recommend trying this!
We also tried the Chocolate and raspberry cake. The chocolate was very dark and dense and the raspberry was sour; the perfect combination! This cake was very rich, so I do recommend sharing. The Topaz chef’s definitely do an outstanding job with their French dessert!
All in all, our experience dining at Topaz was wonderful. The service, the food and the atmosphere are perfect for a date night, or a nice family dinner. I definitely see why Topaz is rated the best restaurant in Cambodia, so whether you are a frequent visitor to Phnom Penh, or just here for a short holiday, Topaz will definitely be an experience that you won’t forget.
* Recollectionsoffood were invited to dine at Topaz by the Thalias Group. However, all opinions are our own.
182 Preah Norodom Blvd,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm