August 30, 2013

Miss Saigon

When I say Vietnamese food, you say Pho to go, cheap and cheerful, and substance over style… Well, it turns out Miss Saigon actually scrubs up pretty well when she wants to, and she’s decided it’s high time Hong Kong was dazzled.

So, say hello to Chôm Chôm, a super chic Vietnamese eatery that’s just shimmied onto the SoHo scene. Teetering on the hillside between Staunton Street and Elgin Street, this gastro hotspot serves up your rice paper rolls with a side of serious style. From the beautiful split page menus right down to the sleek black lacquered chopsticks that come wrapped in the Vietnamese flag – even the small things have been perfectly put together.

Reservations are a no go here (surprise, surprise), so you know the drill – put your name on the list, pull up a stool on the little terrace out front and slurp on a Pho-jito while you wait. When you name’s called, saunter inside and let the feasting commence. Dishes here are small but perfectly formed. Order a bundle to share with the table, just make sure that when the VFC (Vietnamese Fried Chicken wings) arrive, it’s put down closest to your plate – we’re willing to go big here, and say these are the best wings in town. Other must orders include the beef skewers smothered in lip-smackingly awesome Vietnamese pesto, the fresh and fragrant kaffir lime chicken cabbage salad and the juicy, smoky bun cha pork skewers.

The soundtrack to your meal will range from Dexys Midnight Runners to a band so cool you don’t even know you love them yet, but be warned the buzzy atmosphere may well have you ordering one more Saigon Sour than you intended… In fact, by the time you leave it could well be time to say “Good Morning Vietnam”…

Chôm Chôm,
G/F Block A, 58-60 Peel Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 0850

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