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Champa-Laos Great New Thai-Laotian-French BYOB in CherryHill NJ

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To all you Philly and South Jersey Thai Food lovers, My wife and
I just returned from our first outing to this lovely BYOB restaurant
which I HIGHLY recommend!

It has an ambience similar to Siris Thai French and Sam Suk- both
high on our list of Asian food restaurants.
The menu is extensive,it offers a wide variety of classic
Thai and Laotian soups, salads, entres of fish, seafood, chicken, duck,and vegetarian. There are many appetizers and specials to choose from as well. The food is delicious and well presented,
and the service is impeccable, although some "forced bussing" occurred
towards the end of our meal when my wife had finished but I was
still dining.

The dessert tray was also foisted on us much to quickly.

We started with Beer battered Calamari which came with two
dipping sauces- a honey Wasabi and the other I am not sure of but
it was sweet and had crushed peanuts in it. If you have been
to Siris Thai French (one of our favorite restaurants, the sauce
was similar to that which accompanies their famous "golden bags")

We also tried Some shrimp and minced chicken steamed dumplings which
were heavenly and melted in your mouth.

They were accompanied by a Mirin or Tamarind soy sauce -dark and
sweet.

For the main course, My wife had a Chillean Sea bass filet
stuffed with spinach and Feta Cheese in a Tamarind Sauce.
It was delicious. It was served wtih a mound of Jasmine rice.

I like to compare Penang sauce whenever I visit a new Thai restaurant and I am partial
to red curry with coconut.
That was my basis for Choosing (and swooning over) the Duck
with red curry coconut sauce and Jasmine rice.
Wow! Beautiful presentation with generous servings of sliced duck arranged circumferrentially around the deep dish.
The sauce was a perfect meld of spicy and sweet.
There were many vegetables including juicy grape tomatoes, eggplant,
carrots and green beans all swimming in the heavenly and spicy broth. Some pineapple Chunks were in the dish as well, but looked
as if they spilled directly from a DOLE can and were not cut
fresh in the kitchen.
The duck was much more moist than that served at A Little Thai Kitchen and on par with that of Sam Suk and Siris.

There are some items on the menu which remind me of Siris
and the late great Le Me Toujours (Gone but not forgotten-sob!)

These include Maccadamia Encrusted Crab Cakes, Salmon in a Apricot
Brandy demi glaze, and on the predictable Dessert tray-
mostly of various mousse cups ( Choc-raspberry, Mango, etc) there
was a maccadamia Nut and cocconut tart- where have I seen that
before?
;-)

The home made icecream, however was the coup de grace.

This was THE freshest and the most deeply flavorful Mango Icecream that
I have ever tasted and it was presented on a grid of caramel and
raspberry drizzlings.

We did not have any coffee

Total for dinner was $66 pre tax.

I recommend that anyone who thoroughly enjoys Asian, Indian,
and French-Asian cuisine, especially dishes with a bit of
spicy "Zing" to them, run, not walk to Champa Laos.

Do Not take a heavenly oaked white wine. In fact no oak is best
at this venue.
This Food is best with Viognier, Reisling, or Sauvignon Blanc
or a peppery or spicy Red such as Shiraz or Zinfandel.

They have a web site where you can peruse their menu.

www.champalaos.com

They are located on Haddonfield-Berlin Road in Cherry Hill
in a small strip mall adjacent to Nona's Tuscan Steak House,
approx one mile from I-295.

There was a pretty good review of this restaurant in the Courier Post on Sunday
June 25th.

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Mark

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  1. I second Champa Laos. After moving here from Manhattan I have been really depressed about the lack of quality Thai food in the area. We've been here twice now and I have found the flavors to be very delicate and complex and not Americanized. Much better choice than Taan Kitchen which was reviewed in the Inquirer this week, and was a big disappointment to me- gloppy, neon sauces. I'd love to see Champa Laos get more business. It's a nice little spot with good service and an extensive menu.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Try Samsuk on White Horse Road in Voorhees
      and for French-Thai, try Siris on rt 70 across from the new
      Wegmans and the other stores.
      Siri's use to be our favorite place but they have had many
      chefs leave in the past year or so.
      We still think that it is good overall

      Water Lilly in Collingswood is also good

      Enjoy!

      Markarotti

      1. Yes Champa Laos is great. Eat there.

        In marlton there is another good place named Thai Orchid in the strip maul at the intersection of 70 and 73 behind Olga's.

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        1. re: rockhopper

          Thai Orchid closed about 6 weeks ago. It is now Thai Taste. I've been twice and have liked it better.

          1. re: shoeman

            Oh, bad news - but I guess good news.
            That's the place next to Joe's peking duck right?

            What did you like better about the new place?

        2. How is the noise level?