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Champa Garden
Asian Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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2102 8th Ave Oakland, CA 94606
2102 8th AvenueUSCaliforniaOakland94606
(510) 238-8819
$$Asian RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
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Known for its sample platter, this bustling, modest eatery supplies a range of spicy Asian dishes.- Google
"The duck curry, garlic shrimp, and thai tea are all good!"
"The papaya salad (get it Lao style!"
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Denise Dang
8 months ago
In the middle of a residential area, Champa seems to thrive really well. The food is pretty good, though expect a long wait for a table. I woudl highly recommend teh appetizer sampler, just because it has a little bit of everything which is great to try. Their papaya salad is pretty good, and their mango sticky rice is the best way to end your meal here.
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Catherine Chang
9 months ago
This place is a flavor bomb!!!! The Champa Sample is a must-order. It includes Laos spicy sausages, vermicelli noodles, mushroom + silver noodle egg rolls, and fried rice ball salad with fish sauce on the side! I love ordering the most exotic sounding dishes on the menu when I try out a new cuisine (I've never had Laos before, but the flavor palette seems close to Vietnamese and Thai). Naturally, the fried rice ball salad caught my eye. What on earth is a fried rice ball salad?! It's crispy goodness, including fried rice (OMG A SALAD WITH CARBS?! HELL YES!) mixed with preserved pork, green onions, peanuts, cilantro, mint leaves, and lime juice. We also got the angel wings, which can be best described as a spring roll wrapped inside a deboned chicken drumstick. Drizzle some of that sweet and sour sauce on top and you got a ticket straight to deep fried heaven! The mango fried rice was also delightful. My boyfriend is usually staunchly a noodle guy, but even he caved to this magical dish. The Laos-style beef larb was not as pungent and flavorful as I would have hoped, but it was still delicious. Service and atmosphere was mediocore. The staff seemed on the unfriendly and on the shy side, but nothing horrible. For such a cozy establishment, I think it goes a long way for customers to be greeted with a big smile and at least some level of enthusiasm. Sadly, I felt like my excitement over the food and the menu was not shared by the host or our waitress.
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Enny Tran
a year ago
This hidden gem of Thai and Laos food is amazing! It's tucked away in the neighborhood but there's always a line! Their pad se-ew is mouth watering and make sure to get your thai tea for $2! Got a date? Make sure to impress him/her with some mango over sticky rice dessert or the coconut ice cream with fried banana dessert. =)
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Yvette Ngo
a year ago
This place is a very casual Laotian restaurant. Don't expect the best customer service. The cuisine is a cross between Vietnamese and Thai food. I ordered the crispy rice appetizer and it was delicious! The chopped scallions really added a lot to the dish as well as the lettuce wraps. The whole dish tasted fresh and well-balanced with all the greens, since it is a fried dish. The pad see ew was okay. I've had better elsewhere. The panang curry was delicious. Make sure to ask for the condiment tray (huge tray with spices and sauces) to make your dishes more spicy. The best part was that the bill came out to $24 for two people. Amazing!
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j. rodman
a year ago
I want to have big neighborhood pride but I just find Champa Garden too frustrating to do business with anymore. They've never had adequate phone equipment to be able to hear orders. The website died 2-3 years ago and they couldn't be bothered to fix it -- third party sites have old versions of the menu. Sometimes they don't answer the phone. They're very inconsistent about stated time to pick up vs actual time the order will be ready. Sometimes it can take 15-20 minutes just to get someone to take the money (I used to just leave the cash on the counter and leave.) All this and the food just isn't what it used to be in terms of price or quality. The straw that broke the camel's back was calling in and having the phone answered, but put down on the desk twice in a row for over 5 minutes. It's not like it's hard these days to automate order taking eg on the web. Tell me when Champa Garden gets their act together.
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Lucille Yee
a year ago
There's always a crowd and a wait but it's totally worth it. Where else can you get such great flavorful food at such a cheap price without actually flying to South East Asia? Personal favorites here are the Nam Kao, Kao Soy and Kao Poon. Can't forget the mango sticky rice for dessert.
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Noelle Ham
a year ago
What a hidden gem! I wasn't able to order the sampler (which is their most popular dish) because I don't eat meat. But I tried the egg rolls and they're my favorite that I've had! They have a different wrapping, and eating wrapped with the lettuce then dipping it in fish sauce was delicious. Laos larb was an interesting dish. The duck curry, garlic shrimp, and thai tea are all good! I ordered the pad kee mao the first time I came, and it was really bland. So avoid this dish if you can and try and order their specials. Come during an off time so you don't have to wait! Tip: There's websites that have coupons which make dining here even more affordable!
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Kevin Lo
a year ago
Frenzied little Laotian/Thai/Lue joint on a random residential corner in East Oakland. Champa Garden hasn't done what most ethnic restaurants do: tone down the flavors to not offend. The papaya salad (get it Lao style!) packs a wallop. As Padma says, sometimes you just want to get hit in the face with shrimp paste. Definitely not a flavor that'll please most, but if you can get past all the waves of pungent and fermented seafood, there's a lot to marvel at before the spiciness slams you in the aftertaste. The Lue noodle soup was great. Big wide rice noodles in a red pork broth, plenty of fragrant oil floating about. Definitely get the rice ball salad to start, and the catfish dish was rocking as well. Big chunks of fish in a curry sauce, with lots of veggies to round it out.
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