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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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)