Topaz: French fine dining haven

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Twenty-two years ago, Topaz Restaurant opened its doors to French cuisine enthusiasts in Phnom Penh, offering a fine dining experience like no other and today, the premium establishment remains the talk of the town.

Situated just off the busy Norodom Street, Topaz’s interior and exterior are carefully curated to reflect its longstanding philosophy of celebrating time-honoured traditions and cutting-edge gastronomy in a stylish, contemporary setting.

Topaz is nothing short of luxury. The solid hardwood flooring lent an air of pure sophistication and class to the ambience. The attention to details is also evident in the nostalgic paintings and photographs on the walls, coupled with top notch dining ware from Bernardaud in the Limoges and crystal glassware Baccarat.

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The seats in the main dining room provide ample room for guests to soak in the natural sunlight that shines through the floor-to-ceiling glass panels. Guests who prefer to unwind in a slightly more romantic setting can head on to the Les Jardins Du Topaz, a cosy courtyard garden where you can dine under the shelter of Norodom Boulevard’s oldest surviving Banyan Tree.

But above all, Topaz offers a myriad of cuisine options made with some of the best ingredients from the Marché Rungis in Paris and other individually selected suppliers across France and Cambodia.

In an extensive menu, guests are spoilt for choices of French classics such as filet mignon de bœuf Black Angus (grilled Black Angus beef fillet steak with a veal & herb jus and roasted garlic), magret de canard rossini (roasted duck breast topped with pan-seared foie gras and sweet raisin sauce) and homard grillé avec une sauce au beurre blanc (grilled ocean lobster served boat-style with a beurre blanc sauce).

The Executive Chef Sopheak Pov, however, takes the most pride in his masterpiece: escalope de foie gras poêlée sur son lit de mangues (pan-fried foie gras with warm mangoes and a balsamic passion fruit coulis), which he personally concocted to suit the palates of local guests.

Having worked at Topaz for 15 years now, Chef Pov has an in-depth understanding of what makes a great French cuisine, mostly thanks to the trainings he received in the kitchen of 2-Michelin starred Chef Alain Dutournier. He had also undergone training at Michelin-starred restaurant Arrambide in the Hotel les Pyrénées.

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“I want my guests to have the best dining experience. When I created the menu, I put a lot of thoughts into what flavors combine well together and what would appeal the most to our Cambodian customers,” he told Good Times2 in a recent interview.

Good Times2 had the golden opportunity to sample some of its delectable food items including tartare de saumon et caviar (fresh Scottish salmon fillet tartare with dill, spring onion and shallots, topped with caviar, salmon roe and sour cream), entrecôte de bœuf, sauce aux fines herbes et os à mœlle (Angus beef rib-eye with a herb jus and roasted marrow on the bone) and profiteroles et cylindre au chocolat (melting double-chocolate and vanilla ice cream profiteroles).

The verdict? C’est un délice.

The team at Topaz also understands that most times, great deals are made over great meals. With this in mind, it has also came out with three different kinds of business lunch sets, perfect for guests who wish to engage in corporate networking in a classy, intimate setting .

Depending on the selection, guests would have the option of one starter, one main course and one dessert with one glass of wine, coffee or tea at prices ranging from $19++ to $25++. In order to serve its loyal guests with nothing but the crème de la crème, Topaz changes its business lunch set menu every month.

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Always striving to offer a unique dining experience, Topaz is also hosting a special event dubbed the Goût De France “Six-Hands Dinner” this March 21 featuring Michelin Star Chef Guy Lassausaie. Hailing all the way from France, the Les Étoiles Michelin du Topaz alumnus will be crafting a seven-course experience alongside Topaz’s own Chef Pov and Khéma’s pastry chef Sek Sivanthonn.

At $95, or $135 with wine pairings, the special menu will feature Mekong River Prawn with quinoa and guacamole, the famous blue crabs of Kep, morel-stuffed Bresse Gauloise chicken breast, and the most decadent of desserts.

Topaz also hosts one of the most impressive wine cellars in Cambodia. Featuring a dedicated, atmosphere-controlled space, Topaz stores selected range of premier and prestigious wines including Duval Leroy Champagne.

With more than 200 seating capacity, the premise also has several private rooms ideally suited to private occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays and more . Guests who are interested to inquire further or make reservations can contact Topaz at 015 821 888.

Topaz is located at 162 Preah Norodom Boulevard, and is open from 11:30am to 2pm and from 6pm to 10:30pm daily.

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