Finally! After years of KO-ing its rivals at Bandar Utama's Centrepoint, Champ's has launched a new branch, bringing its heavyweight porky fare to Bangsar Shopping Center.
There are two reasons to celebrate this opening: one, Bangsar is a convenient location, so there's no need now to battle traffic to Centrepoint for a taste of Champ's Tao Yew Bak soy-braised pork belly with egg (RM28++).
Also, so few eateries in Bangsar Shopping Center offer pork, so it's heartening to have a full-fledged Hokkien Mee (RM23++) here at last, bursting with pork liver and the works.
Rest assured, all of Champ's best-loved hits are available here, including the near-legendary Damn Shiok prawn mee (RM22.50++), still flavorful with pork ribs though too spicy for our liking.
Lard have mercy! So many recipes here are topped with crispy-fatty pork croutons, including the Penang Fried Koay Teow (RM23++), brimming with cockles, crab meat and lap cheong.
Char siew and siu yok platter (RM33++). Yep, prices have crept up as expected; we suppose the relatively steep rental in this mall might be partly to blame.
Pretty decent cocktails: Tinto de Verano (red wine, lemonade) and frozen margarita.
Mojito and a RM25++ house-pouring Cabernet (hmmmm).
Champ's Express Heritage,
F136, Level 1 (behind Madam Kwan's),
Bangsar Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.