When Karuna Long bought Oliver’s Twist in 2017, he worked hard to stay true to the beloved Phinney Ridge bar’s craft cocktails and savory and sweet appetizers. But the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prompted Karuna to shift in a more familiar direction — toward his Cambodian roots. His menu now tells the story of Khmer culture through food, and the community rallied behind him.
Oliver’s Twist is one of only two restaurants serving Khmer food in the Seattle area. Kroeung — a spice mix made with aromatics including lemongrass, lime leaves, galangal, Kampot pepper, and palm sugar — permeates throughout their menu of stuffed chicken wings, marinated short ribs, ahi spring rolls, and more.
Oliver’s Twist is a great, great cocktail bar – and now also a great place to get Cambodian food. Cannot wait until I can enjoy a cocktail in-house after the pandemic is over – hopefully with a side of popcorn and ba-baw!