Champor-Champor

Restaurants , Thai London Bridge
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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.

 

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Champor-Champor says
Champor-Champor, a unique and romantic Thai-Malay restaurant in the shadow of The Shard, London SE1.

We offer a unique Asian dining experience. Located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, on the South Bank of the River Thames, two minutes’ walk from The Shard and London Bridge tube. The Thai-Malay cuisine draws in regulars, locals and new visitors to the area.

Champor-Champor is a Malay expression which may loosely be translated as 'mix and match'. We use both Thai and Malaysian influences within our dishes and this concept runs through the funky decor, the cuisine, the global wine list and the music here. This is not a restaurant for purists but the mix of Thai and Malay cuisine at moderate prices makes it a great Asian restaurant in London. Some of the signature dishes include the Beef rendang and sizzling beef sirloin steak.

We also have different options, to cater to vegans, vegetarians, coeliac etc. as well as pre-ordered halal options.

Pop in for a quick bite at lunch, we're perfect for those working nearby.

Recently voted as one of the top 50 in this year’s Bookatable restaurant awards for the category of Top 50 Best Restaurants in London.
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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
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Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:3
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Tatiana N
3 of 3 found helpful
Staff Writer

This place is amazing!! We were a group of 5 (veggies and non veggies) + one of us is a chef + 3 different nationalities, and all of the food was amazing. Everyone really appreciated it. Highly recommend this place! 

yojojo m
3 of 3 found helpful

Been in the restaurant time and time again and they never fail to impress me 

had the lemongrass prawn soup for starters and it has a nice kick to it love it.

and had the braised pork belly for main and the flavour of the sauce has a nice sweet explosion in your mouth

the mash that comes with it is fantastic too

the staff is very helpful as well as i was not sure what to have for dessert and they recommended the parfait and 

my night was perfect as i had a fantastic meal 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

TJ
2 of 2 found helpful

Great service & food . . cant wait to go back :-)

rebecca
2 of 2 found helpful

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
2 of 2 found helpful

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.

Amyjb123
1 of 1 found helpful

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!

Jon D

The fantastic aroma coming from the Champor Champor stand at the Taste of London event recently attracted my attention. I went for the crispy soft shell fried crab. It was fantastic and definately left me wanting more. Visit this restaurant and you will not be disappointed. I recommend the Beef Redang. Proper tasty food.

Scott
Staff Writer

Great Thai food without breaking the bank! 


Managed to get my hands on a Salt & Pepper Soft Shell Crab Taco at Taste of London and it was amazing. There was a great spice to it and the crab was wonderfully cooked.


Everything on the menu looked amazing and seemed to be very popular, worth a visit to the venue at least.

Rosa P

I recently visited the Champor Champor stand at Taste of London and had the scallops which were so good covered with lots of crispy pancetta and soft shell crab taco and it was the best thing I had there! I cant wait to come to the restaurant and try some more of the amazing menu!

Jason James

A very cute little place with excellent food and very charming service. Thanks for having us! 

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

This is certainly a hidden gem. Not at all far from London Bridge but down a side road, Champor Champor is a gorgeous, romantic, exotic restaurant. The decor is beautiful, the staff are friendly and the food is delicious. It's a Thai-Malaysian fusion (or at least that's what the waitress told me!) and there is plenty of choice on the menu for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. 


Stand out dish for me was the scallops starter! Thai green curry was also very good, with some of the biggest prawns I've seen in my life!


It's moderately pricey (around £20 for a main) but you can get 2 for 1 with a Taste Card - just make sure you mention this when you book or they won't be happy! They have a couple of private dining rooms for groups of around 10 people so it's good for a celebratory meal but equally good for date night. I wasn't blown away by the cocktails but other than that, I really like Champor Champor and would recommend it.

Vera S

Not what I expected from Malaysian/Thai fusion, some very heavy dishes and a bit of confusion in cuisines. Staff is alright, although our table wasn't ready on time, and none of the dishes were really quite what we expected. Not a bad experience, but I probably won't be returning.

Susanna G

I am actually pretty disappointed with champor champor. Having always been so impressed by the food and service , I have recommended friends and family, I decided to eat here for my birthday. On arrival I was told that we could not have the seats that we were told we could have on the phone . ( it's not a big deal but it felt like we had been told one thing and then another on arrival which was a disappointment). We were then told because we were taste card customers or customers who aren't buying 3 courses that we couldn't sit in the seats we asked for ! We were then not given any real apology and we were left feeling like an annoyance. We left early because we felt that the staff were annoyed with us for asking for the seats we had originally booked. It's not a big deal , but having been a loyal customer and having chosen to eat here on my birthday , I was left feeling a bit like we were not valued customers.

Vilmos
1 of 3 found helpful

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.

Lara W
0 of 1 found helpful

Really bad service here - would not recommend at all. Food was OK, but we waited for a very long time. They are no longer running their offer of a free glass of wine to Time Out readers - and we had to insist to various members of staff over a pretty uncomfortable 20 minute period of time. Save yourself the bother and order in. 

Elizabeth C
0 of 1 found helpful

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.

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Taste of London: 3 A La Carte courses & glass of house wine £30

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Offer valid until Sep 11 2016