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The Spot Restaurant & Bar Review
« on: July 16, 2014, 02:17:35 PM »
An authoritative review penned by Carlo Marx :)

Having heard a few enthusiastic whispers about new eatery 'The Spot' (round about where Occhuteal Beach meets Otres Beach - on the road past the Gendarmerie), I decided to make the trip along to see if the whispers were worth increasing to a shout. And boy, I'm glad I made the trip.

Already popular among the Russian ex-pats, this could be one of the best new restaurants in Sihanoukville this year.

Owned and run by a Dubai/Russian couple and with an Uzbekhi chef (and an Aussie - or maybe Kiwi - manager called Dave Mealey; tres cosmopolitan) this could soon be full every night. The chef has an immaculate pedigree and has spent the last few years as a private chef to an oligarch in Dubai, but has come to Cambodia to help what is his sort of godson (In an Uzbekhi style).

The food is a little pricier than many venues, which may put some of the kun leow crowd off, but damn is it worth the extra spend.

I was lucky enough to sample a few of the main dishes and was blown away by the quality of the food and the cooking.

High points to look out for; 'Samsas' - a sort of Uzbekhi pasty with beef, onion and other vegetables inside, and served with a tomato dipping sauce.

'Kazakh Kebab' - quite simply some of the best cooked lamb I have tasted, served with the most amazing roast potatoes (cooked in lamb fat). This dish is streets ahead of any local competitors.

'Beef Stroganoff' - always been a favourite dish, so they had high standards to beat, and by god, they did it. By a country mile the tastiest and best cooked stroganoff I have ever had. The beef melts on your tongue (literally; I let it) and served with an utterly sublime mashed potato pancake that compliments the stroganoff perfectly.
Lots of other dishes on the menu (and Kar will make vegetarian versions of most items) including Plov, Eggplant Caviar, Jarkoe, and amazing Uzbekhi homemade bread. Apparently the stroganoff and the eggplant caviar will both be available in local supermarkets soon and are sure to be big sellers.

The ambience is delightful, the staff and owners friendly and welcoming, and the music at the great level of non-intrusive volume.

My only criticism is that the plan to go to BYOB in the coming weeks; great if there's a min-mart opposite, but may be a hassle for those coming from town. But given there will be a huge mocktail list, and some of the best coffee in SHV (trained barista who will be offering peppermint mocha in his range) maybe a night off the alcohol isn't such a bad thing (yes, I did say that).

Without a doubt, there's a new contender on the scene...
"It's not easy being drunk everyday, if it was, everyone would do it" - Tyrion Lannister

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