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We’d been to Champor Champor many times, but earlier this year the restaurant changed management & chef and we had not been since this change.

 

Champor Champor 9

Champor Champor 6

Amuse bouche

Champor Champor: Amuse bouche

 

Banana bread (8/10)

Champor Champor: Complementary Banana bread (7.5/10)

 

The interior at Champor Champor hasn’t changed much since new management took over. It is still very special…once you step into the restaurant it is as if you’re transported to a different world. Quite extraordinary.

 

Shredded roast duck and hoisin sauce with flat roti (8/10)

Champor Champor: Shredded roast duck and hoisin sauce with flat roti (7/10)

Shredded roast duck and hoisin sauce with flat roti (8/10)

Champor Champor: Shredded roast duck and hoisin sauce with flat roti (7/10)

 

In recent years the area around London Bridge has gotten better known among foodies for its dining scene. And even though  Champor Champor has been there for a long time, it’s lesser known than the eating establishments on Bermondsey street. In fact there are a great deal of restaurants around Bermondsey street that deserve to be better known and Champor Champor is one of them.

 

Crispy soft shell crab; five spice, salt & pepper (8/10)

Champor Champor: Crispy soft shell crab; five spice, salt & pepper (7/10)

Crispy soft shell crab; five spice, salt & pepper (8/10)

Champor Champor: Crispy soft shell crab; five spice, salt & pepper (7/10)

 

When we visited Champor Champor we tried the following dishes:

  • Crispy soft shell crab; five spice, salt & pepper (7/10)
  • Shredded roast duck and hoisin sauce with flat roti (7/10)
  • Green papaya, Crispy tofu and pomegranate somtam; roasted cashew nuts (7.5/10)
  • Goat cheese parcels with sesame and red onion compote; walnuts salad and lime dressing (6.5/10)
  • Braised pork belly with fresh sugar cane; mash potato, red onion compote and spicy scallop sauce (6.5/10)

 

Goat cheese parcels with sesame and red onion compote; walnuts salad and lime dressing (7/10)

Champor Champor: Goat cheese parcels with sesame and red onion compote; walnuts salad and lime dressing (6.5/10)

Green papaya, Crispy tofu and pomegranate somtam; roasted cashew nuts (8/10)

Champor Champor: Green papaya, Crispy tofu and pomegranate somtam; roasted cashew nuts (7.5/10)

Green papaya, Crispy tofu and pomegranate somtam; roasted cashew nuts (8/10)

Champor Champor: Green papaya, Crispy tofu and pomegranate somtam; roasted cashew nuts (7.5/10)

 

Before the change of management, the cooking at Champor Champor was quite gutsy and experimental. Under the new management the dishes seem to be focused on  more traditional Malay cuisine and the cooking seems to have been simplified. Both approaches have their appeal, but I slightly prefer the old approach.

 

Braised pork belly with fresh sugar cane; sham mash potato, red onion compote and spicy scallop sauce (7/10)

Champor Champor: Braised pork belly with fresh sugar cane; mash potato, red onion compote and spicy scallop sauce (6.5/10)

Braised pork belly with fresh sugar cane; sham mash potato, red onion compote and spicy scallop sauce (7/10)

Champor Champor: Braised pork belly with fresh sugar cane; mash potato, red onion compote and spicy scallop sauce (6.5/10)

 

The overall bill at Champor Champor came to £65 (incl. service charge, a glass of wine and a mocktail).

 

Overall rating for Champor Champor: 6.5/10

(Overall rating is based on the quality of cooking, ingredients, ambiance and price)

 

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