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Two Kisses


Dos Besos, is a cozy little Mexican cocina and cantina on Street 123 in Toul Tompoung’s trendy dinning precinct, just a couple of blocks east of the Russian Market.

The name refers to the customary Spanish practice of planting two kisses, one on each cheek as a friendly greeting; I certainly found the staff and the ambiance comfortable, pleasant and very welcoming.

The décor is simple and clean, there are a few obvious Mexican style flourishes; with its long narrow space, benches along the walls, stools and tables that run along either side, it did remind me a little of an old-style canteen.

The menu is simple with plenty of classic Mexican standards, Antojitos consist of nachos, refried beans, papas fritas, salsa fresca, salsa picante and a variety of nachos offerings.

The quesadillas are excellent with a number of varieties: pollo verde, carne asada and carnitas

Then there are burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas and of course tacos filled with your choice of chicken, beef, pulled pork and a vegetarian option. There is a Mexicali burger, a number of variations of Acapulco bowls and a very tempting selection of sizzling fajita hot plates.

Refreshment comes mostly in the form of frozen margaritas and ice cold cerveza, soft drinks and Agua Fresca.

The food is fresh and tasty with healthy servings of well prepared classics at reasonable prices.

Whatever you do, make sure you try the Churros, classic Spanish donuts made with choux pastry, coated with sugar and cinnamon and dipped at your table in hot chocolate sauce, sweet condensed milk or a combination of the two. These are a rare and delicious treat, a bucket list, must have if one travels to Spain, (preferably at 1am in a small street in Barcelona) and a joy to behold in one of the trendier back blocks of Phnom Penh.

I liked the understated simplicity of Dos Besos in appearance and menu selection, the service was friendly and professional and I really enjoyed the food. I can see it becoming an easy choice as a regular call for dinner in my new local area. I can even see myself dropping in late at night just for another round of those churros.


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