I recently had the opportunity to take lunch at the new Tepthida Restaurant on Chelmsford Street in Lowell. Our host for the meal that day was the proprietor Elly Hsu who welcomed us into the restaurant like it was her own home. The decor of Tepthida is a striking mix of modern outfitting coupled with classical Asian artwork. The place has a small, intimate feel with an attractive bar and lounge-able couch adjacent to the main group of tables.
We were treated first to a spicy shrimp salad which was freshly flavorful but not too overwhelming. This was followed by a delicious Tom Yum soup with a nice bite and vegetables that were not overcooked. Tepthida's tofu triangles were served with a mild peanut sauce and offered a crunchy but uniformly cooked consistency.
For the main courses, we were served curried clams with a slightly pungent lemongrass flavor followed by a wonderfully composed seafood dish displayed in a cut-away pineapple - a real treat for the eyes and the mouth! This preceeded an appetite-busting dish of Pad Thai with a very generous supply of shrimp and a selection of frog legs which were exquisite.
The food was all served on fine plates and smartly arranged with garnish. A very unique feature of the restaurant is the use of stainless steel chopsticks which add a flair of modernity to the classic Cambodian dishes.
Overall, I would recommend Tepthida Restaurant as a great and distinct addition to Lowell's fine selection of Khmer eating establishments.