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Tipico

Best gin and tonics in town?

80 Street 454 Tuol Tum Pung, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 986 453 
[email protected]
http://www.tipicotapas.com/

Tipico

Tucked away in the Russian Market area of Phnom Penh, Tipico is a Spanish-style tapas and bar, with an emphasis on specialist gins. The menu says that the gin and tonic is more popular in Spain than any other country… and going by the carefully thought out offerings here, they could well be right. The decor is breezy, the mood relaxed and the drinks, well, very good indeed.

Settle in.

Settle in.

We popped by one afternoon after sampling the bao buns at Roots & Burgers downstairs. While it was dead quiet, we suspect 2016-opened Tipico gets busy once the 17:00-19:00 buy-one-get-one-free happy hours begin. Sit at a lengthy banquette strewn with colourful cushions, one of the higher bar tables in the sleek air-con, olive-painted space, or indeed at the bar.

Pickles and gin.

Pickles and gin.

We’d suggest going straight for a G & T — then you’ll still have several decisions to make. Gin selections include Gordon’s, Bombay Sapphire ($4.50), Tanqueray No. 10, Hendricks (with cucumber of course), Sipsmith, Death’s Door and Monkey 47 ($5.50); then which tonic? Try basic Schweppes or upgrade to East Imperial (for 75c extra). Or go for another cocktail, sangria or a glass of Spanish or Chilean wines.

Spain, meet Cambodia.

Spain, meet Cambodia.

We tried the Sipsmith with East Imperial — the latter is lower in sugar and and lower carbonation so you can better taste the gin’s botanicals. G & Ts are served in very satisfying-to-hold bowl wine glasses, and the Sipsmith is served with a sprig of green Kampot peppercorns, and though the menu said a slice of lemon, ours came with a slice of orange. It was big. You could certainly settle in for a long afternoon or evening here.

Next time, sangria.

Next time, sangria.

Having filled up downstairs, we sampled only some marinated pickles, which came artfully arranged on sate sticks and were mouth puckeringly fine ($2.50). The food is inspired particularly by dishes from Barcelona and the Balearic islands. Other tapas selections include sauteed garlic prawns, bombas de la Barcelona, black paella, fried calamari and chicken wings with green mojo (up to $6.95). More substantial offerings traverse tortillas, salads, vegetable dishes and cheeses — it’s a graze-all-night sort of spot.

The dessert menu is short but satisfying: churros with chocolate sauce, bread budding with Baileys ice cream and a range of ice creams and sorbets. Coffees and teas are also offered.

While Tipico feels rather far flung from the action in Phnom Penh, the Russian Market area is seeing a few interesting spots open as of 2016. We reckon you could break up some shopping at the market and the surrounds with a coffee at Tini, lunch at Roots & Burgers then a sundowner and slow, long feast at Tipico to make a day of it.


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Tipico
80 Street 454 Tuol Tum Pung, Phnom Penh
Daily 11:00-23:00
T: (023) 986 453 
[email protected]
http://www.tipicotapas.com/

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