Our first experience with Cambodian cuisine and we're (two friends and I) definitely fans!
Arrived on a Friday evening around 6 pm, the restaurant was dead with only one couple dining. The restaurant is modern, industrial looking and clean. We were greeted and seated immediately by a very nice young man. Our waiter came quickly with water and menus.
We decided on two appetizers: the steamed dumplings (12 for $3.95 which is an amazing price) and the veggie summer rolls with a peanut sauce. Both arrived in a reasonable amount of time.
Then we ordered dishes to share: the seafood ginger, veggie delight which we requested without tofu and they were very happy to oblige and we asked what dish was a "signature" Cambodian dish and our waiter quickly said the loc lac which could be selected in beef, chicken or fish accompanied by a salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and a delicious lightly sweet dressing. We chose the fish loc lac which is talapia. Brown rice was also served with out entrees.
Everything was fresh, hot, not greasy and the spices were just right. The only reason we didn't rate it five stars is we would have preferred the fish to be grilled or sauteed and not fried. Our oversight for not asking how the seafood was going to be cooked. Though the restaurant was not busy during the time we were there, the dishes came out a bit slower than I would have expected for only having a few tables occupied. Not sure if the kitchen would be any faster/slower if the restaurant were full.
Two appetizers and three entrees with tax before tip: $48. You can't be the quality and the price. We'll definitely be back! - Diana K., North Andover, MA
The Loc Lac (beef) - My boyfriend's favorite and the second favorite amongst all our party. Savory, perfectly grilled chunks of beef on a bed of salad with a to-die-for pepper dressing. The combination is incredible. GET THIS! Amok - This is what I come to Cambodian places for. Does it get any more unique and delicious? Thick cuts of tender catfish in an incredible curry stew served in a bowl made of banana leaves. Wow wow wow! Hearty and delicious.
My boyfriend's coconut shake was also delicious. So delicious he wanted to get it at every place we went to after. Our waitress was adorable and friendly, and the restaurant is on the chic, modern side. If I lived in Lowell, I'd come here for date nights. - Josephine L, New York, NY
The staff and owner of the restaurant are all very friendly, however, I think the servers could be a bit more attentive. I see a lot of potential in this restaurant and I can only hope it does well. It's always very quiet when I go. - Armani T, Lowell, MA
This place is great. The papaya salad is really really awesome. Also tried Loc Lac and one other dish (Seafood Ginger??) - both were very delicious.
Atmosphere and location-wise, it's not as fun as going somewhere in Cambridge/Boston, but it's worth the trip up to Lowell. - Nicole B, Cambridge, MA
The environment is modern, bright and clean, nicely decorated. The staff and owner is quite friendly. The time we went it was pretty quiet but it was 9pm on a weekday. The food is pretty good. I can't say the flavor is amazing or anything, but they taste good and look pretty. It is probably a good place for a two person dinner. I would try more different dishes next time. - Jeremy Y. Boston, MA
This meal was delicious!
We ordered the Cambodian drunken noodles, which came in a nice large portion and were quite tasty - they also came with sweet brown sauce and chili sauce on the side if you wanted to add a little jazz to your plate.
We also ordered trei amok, which is fish, steamed coconut with milk, and khmer seasonings in a banana leaf cup, served with fresh cucumber, a garnish of cilantro, and red peppers. It came with a nice side of white rice. The fish was flavorful and tender, and the coconut sauce was AMAZING! We didn't really eat the rice, but after finishing the fish we poured the remaining sauce on top of the rice and it was absolutely delectable.
- Katie P., Somerville, MA
There are a lot of good authentic Asian restaurants in Lowell, however, they all suffer from the same flaw---well lets just say that the decor is rather humble. If you're looking for an upscale Asian Restaurant that also has great food, look no further than Tepthida Khmer. The restaurant is sparkling clean, nicely decorated and has ample parking. The food is authentic, fresh and well presented. Their beef skewers, were exceptional with an unmistakable cumin flavor that set it apart from many others that I've eaten. Be sure to order the Hot Pot which comes with a generous amount of seafood and pork seasoned to perfection. If you enjoy a tasty beef and vegetable entree the Teuk Prahak Sach Ko is for you. The lemongrass accent and fresh vegetables tantalized the palate. No less impressive was the Trei Chu-Aem consisting of fresh pieces of fish in a wonderful sauce surrounded by pineapple, onions and peppers. > >Tepthida Khmer is a delightful addition for those who enjoy authentic Asian cuisine and is sure to be packed with diners who appreciate both atmosphere and good cuisine.
Attorney at Law
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.
The setting is elegant and simple. The silver wear and plates were of high quality. The food is colorful and beautifully presented, particularly the salads. We enjoyed a wide variety of dishes. My two favorites were the spicy beef salad and the soup which had a hint of ginger. Every dish had a unique and pleasant flavor.
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