Affordability - 6.2
Romance - 8
Taste - 8.5
- Your Top Tips
2. Make a reservation. It’s pretty much always busy…and go now! I can only imagine how busy it will be once the Shard is fully open and the London Bridge construction is completed.
4. For London locals, use your tastecard to dine 2 for 1.
Champor Champor is on my commute to work. Initially, the stickers on the window attracted me. Michelin, Timeout, Yelp, etc: you name it, they got it. I finally got a group of friends to go there for dinner and since then, have been back almost every month or so. Considering the price (15-20 GBP for an entrée), and the never-ending supply of great restaurants around London, this is rather meaningful.
The food is of a Thai-Malay persuasion. However, its a bit more fusion than that, incorporating Western touches and other Asian style foods. That being said, everything (except the dessert) is fantastic. Considering the name itself is a colloquialism in Malay for “mix and match” the food (and décor) makes sense.
The atmosphere is quirky — teak poles, statues, masks, etc. Like the food, the surroundings are a fusion of Asian cultures. It is definitely cozy enough for a date, and the scenery would give you something to talk about in case the conversation runs a bit dry. On the date note: there is a table up a set up stairs but in the main dining room that offers a more intimate setting.
About the food: The Beef Rendang and Banana Curry (veg) are to die for. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The Monk fish? Also delicious. Additionally, the “side” of vegetarian Pad Thai could be a meal in of itself. For starters, the green papaya salad (complete with star fruit garnish) and roast duck are delicious.
Champor Champor seems to be a family run restaurant, which means the wait staff can be hit or miss. Once they put in the wrong order, causing a delay in the food. However, the staff is always friendly and amicable, and I’ve only had that problem once.
Also, they do lunch.
Alyssa Zeisler currently lives in London, England and has contributed previous posts to Couple of Yuppies, including a review on Nightjar. She is also the author of Market Musings, a blog that provides commentary on market moving information and economic need to knows. Alyssa currently works for the Financial Times.