Situated close to London Bridge station, Champor Champor is one of those hidden gems you come across, perhaps by chance when walking down the windy nearby streets close to Guys Hospital. Slightly off the beaten track from the main hubs of Borough Market and Tooley Street, this eloquent Thai Malay restaurant is a secret jewel.
Don’t be fooled, you’ll need to book in order to dine there, and for some bizarre reason they’re not open in the day over the weekends, but come the evening, the place fills with hungry locals all hungry for their Thai fix.
As a vegan I was pleasantly surprised to receive my very own, albeit rather dull-looking vegan menu. I ordered the Okra with chilly chutney as a starter and was impressed by the size and tastiness of the dish. The chilly chutney on the side was also delicious and something I’ve never tasted before.
My husband had opted for the vegetarian goats cheese parcels with toasted sesame seeds and red onion compote, another tasty starter perfect for any vegetarian.
After gulping that down (with help from my delicious glass of red wine) next off came the mains. I opted for the Thai green curry with tofu, butternut squash, peppers and steamed asparagus, accompanied by a side of sticky rice.
Never before have I had Thai Green Curry served on a flat plate (most restaurants serve it in a rounded bowl) but wow, heaven! Hands down one of the best Thai curries I’ve ever had. The peppers and squash were roasted to perfection, and the way the dish was contrived made it quite fun to pick apart and eat.
Vegan food, delicious! Absolutely nothing to complain about and something I will most certainly be coming back for on a special occasion. The restaurant is more expensive than your traditional Thai Malay café, but hey, this isn’t somewhere you would causally dine out at on a random night.
Service, although very efficient, sadly a little disappointing in terms of staff warmth. As with most typical Thai restaurants I’ve eaten at in London, the staff weren’t overly friendly, bordering on appearing a little miserable in fact.
Nonetheless, the food speaks for itself, and as a vegan, a delicious meal was had knowing yet again, that no animal was harmed in the eating of my meal.