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Champor-Champor

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Champor-Champor has been on Time Out’s radar long before this stretch of the South Bank became trendy. With the Shard springing up nearby, it’s no longer off the beaten path, yet still feels like a hidden find. In Malay, ‘champor-champor’ means ‘mix and match’, and it’s a fitting name for both the interior and the menu. The walls are painted in vibrant shades and hung with colourful masks, and there’s carved teak galore, plus winking candles and acres of Thai silk. The place exudes a yogic calm.

The cooking is described as ‘Thai-Malay’, but influences reach beyond this south-east Asian peninsula, unashamedly fusing East and West with the likes of gruyère cheese and lime with river prawns, served with wasabi-spiked potato salad. What could end up being a backpackerish mash-up is sophisticated and creative. Fish dishes are well rendered, as in a main course of Malaysian-style red snapper; the fillets halved and served atop twin pools of kicking-hot sambal sauce.

Vegetarians needn’t go hungry; a vegan starter of green papaya som tam with tofu, cashew nuts and star fruit was suitably spicy (though not great value at £6.95). Desserts – steamed taro and black rice pudding, say, or chocolate-chilli cheesecake – are more than an afterthought.

 

Venue name: Champor-Champor
Contact:
Address: 62-64 Weston Street
London
SE1 3QJ
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Main courses £12-£20

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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Vilmos
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My keys have fallen out from my coat while I was having dinner and my coat was in the cloakroom. I went back looking for it and staff was particularly rude and unhelpful. I still don't have my keys and I'm unhappy how the staff handled the situation. I'm still waiting for them to call me that they checked with all members of their staff who were on shift yesterday. This is not what you expect after having paid £200 for a dinner for 5.

Amyjb123
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Awful service, cold food and rude staff. Food would have been lovely if hot! Turned up 20 minutes early and they sent us away to find a pub and didn't' want us to come in. Next we order wine and they haven't got it! We ordered a dish off the xmas menu and they made such a fuss. They need to learn how to run a business. Definitely wouldn't recommend or go back!

Elizabeth C

Overpriced and rather rude table service 

We both had beef rendang which cost around £16.95 and didn't include rice which is very steep compared to other restaurants in London... however, to be fair it was a passable dish and the free amuse bouche when we arrived was a nice touch. However, the service left a lot to be desired. We had to send our cava back because it tasted like TCP (we had only had a few sips each and we couldn't drink anymore it was that bad) and the waiting staff responded a very negative/aggressive way which left us feeling very uncomfortable. It is on of the only few things I have ever sent back as I feel very awkward doing so but it really was undrinkable. I would not recommend going here.

rebecca

Great food with excellent service. Unique decor and atmosphere - informal dining with friendly helpful staff. Complimentary entree on arrival and the waiter checked our dietery requirements before we ordered. We tried the haloumi cheese, the pork belly and green chicken curry. Excellent presentation and very tastey food. Reasonable price but even better we used a taste card which was 241 on the main meal. This place must rely on word of mouth - the door is so small I cant see they would get much passing foot trade but I thought it was a hidden gem and will go back. Overall I thought it was excellent, anyone who loves thai/malay cusine will enjoy their visit.

clarelv

I went here late October 2011 with a friend. The food was delicious, 2 courses filled us up but we managed to squeeze in the lovely pistachio ice cream! The decor of the restaurant is amazing and all the staff were really friendly. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and being so close to London Bridge makes it a brilliant location. I'm going back for the Christmas menu! 5 stars.