Champor-Champor – eaten and reviewed
Old content alert!
Thanks very much for visiting my blog. Always happy to have people read my stuff but just thought I should point out this post is years old. If it's about technical stuff there is a possibility that it is no longer relevant, if it's a bug report/fix I'm hoping that it should now have been fixed.
Of course if this is what you're looking for and it does work then great, just don't say I didn't warn you...
Trying to avoid the tempation for another Indian stye, curry for three months in a row I decided that I could temper my curry fest by switching continents and heading off to Thailand for the delights of Champor-Champor. First things first I have no idea how I got the idea that this was a Thai restaurant because it isn’t! Instead the food was described as Malay (which seems to be a grab bag of all southern Asian food) and while spicey is much more than just curry!
Top ingredients cooked with an Asian (or indeed Malayan?) hint of sugar and spice. A great, crazy venue with pleasant (and rather attentive staff) – interesting in all ways!
Ross says –
Being one of the few local restaurant I had not yet been to and this being because I was never too sure where it was! However armed with an A to Z (I didn’t actually need it but it clearly calmed my nerves) I found it rather easy – infact easy in many ways; the location was easy to find, the decor inside was very easy on the eye (if not a bit crazy to be sitting underneath a 3D model of a cows head) and the prices were very easy on my wallet :>
The menu is arranged into three courses with the addition of a rather bizarre “inter-course” option (one that I and Gemma decided not to take them up on) from which you choose from to make up your three course meal (or if you are a wimp two courses). Normally I am not one for a “set menu” but really this provided the best of both worlds as the options ALL looked pretty darn good. After a bit of thinking and discussing with Gemma what we should have I went for:
- Free canapes and bread!
- Deep-fried froglegs with shitake mushrooms and truffle oil sauce
- Pan fried coriander seed crusted veal chop; cauliflour puree and taro chips
- Bread, pumpkin and butter pudding with custard and lemongrass ice cream
All my courses we very nice indeed but also got better as the meal went on – the starter was very nice, the main very very nice and the pudding was incredible – I have always said that I am not too much of a pudding man but the mixture of the sugar sweetness of the ice cream and custard and the sweet/savoury taste of the pumkin was awesome; it was pretty filling but I certainly could have ate more! If I have one complaint it would be that while very decedant looking the cutlery couldn’t cut something if their ‘lives’ depended on it – but I don’t eat cuterly was hey, its not a biggie!
As I have said the decor of this place is pretty crazy (check-out the photo’s on their site) but equally interesting, I don’t know what would have happened if the cow’s head had fallen off the wall but it didn’t so all went well. Its not a tiny place but certainly not that big either – weekend booking would always be a good idea and yeah, going there would also be a very good idea, I’ve not seen many menu’s or restaurants like it before (and I’d say thats a good thing!)Tweet