Chom Chom It's Okay to Watch


Like it or not, we live in a society that likes to watch. Our eyes are drawn to the beautiful, the sensational, and the surreal. After all, men are visual creatures. We’re hard-wired to appreciate magnificence, whether that comes in the form of the perfect pass on the pitch, or a luscious pair of legs. Even on a cerebral level, we take notice of things that have been put together to appeal, from a perfectly composed picture to a less than subtle glance.

At Chom Chom, a lively new Vietnamese eatery in Soho, the open kitchen offers diners visual engagement as well as sustenance, as they watch chef Peter Cuong Franklin whip up a range of simple, fresh dishes inspired by Vietnamese street food. With its origins in Bia Hoi dining, where locals enjoy home-made draft beers and simple snacks on a busy street corner while watching the world go by, Chom Chom dishes out a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. On offer are rice paper rolls – try the spicy tuna or shrimp and roast pork – small bites like the VFC (Vietnamese fried chicken wings), and dishes from the charcoal grill like the succulent Shaking Beef (bite-sized pieces of tenderloin) and Cha Ca Hanoi, sole fillet served with vermicelli. The dishes are perfectly off set with a carefully planned drinks list – try the thirst-quenching Saigon beer, or the just-tart-enough Hanoi 75 signature cocktail, a well-balanced mix of Tanqueray, lemon juice and sparkling wine.

Beauty for all the senses. 

Chom Chom
G/F, Block A, 58-60 Peel Street, Central 
2810 0850 
Open Monday to Sunday from 6pm till late. No reservations.