“ Address: 8 - 12 Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE / Kent / Tel: 0208 650 5072 „
Chomchom restaurant is a mixed buffet restaurant that unites the taste of food from two continents of Asia and Europe. There is a mixed buffet of Indian, Chinese, Thai and Italian food. There are currently two branches in the UK, one in Beckenham Kent and the second one is in Canterbury. The restaurant that I am reviewing is the Beckenham branch.
From the outside the restaurant looks neat and tidy with miniature topiary plants at the entrance. Inside there is a bar to the right and a waiting area if the restaurant is busy so that you can meet in the bar and wait until your table is ready. There are ample tables of mixed sizes, tables that seat two, four, six or more some of the tables are in booth style along the walls of the restaurant. The restaurant is decorated with an oriental feel about the place that is reminiscent of a Thai restaurant.
The restaurant is more or less divided up into three areas, at the front in the middle and towards the rear of the building. The buffet area is to the side on the right hand side and is completely separate to the dining area. There is also a cooking station here where you can watch the various dishes being prepared freshly. There is also a noodle station here which I will describe later.
The restaurant is staffed by a mixture of ethnic backgrounds including Thai and Indian who are all smartly dressed in black trousers and smart black tunic tops. They are very friendly, welcoming and very efficient and it won't be long before you are seated at your table. They will run through the way of getting your food, "get your plate, make your choice return to your table and enjoy the food". They will also take your drinks order. Even when the restaurant is full there is not usually too many people standing or queuing to collect your food.
The first area you are likely to encounter is the starter's area where you can help yourself to soup, pizza which is usually freshly cooked and sliced, a selection of Indian snacks for example Onion Bhaji, samosa's, mini Kofta, Prawn Puri, Spring rolls, sesame prawn toast, various types of dimsum, and a salad bar which you can help yourself to. I have found that this area is always well stocked and replenished and there are ample choices available. You can help yourself as many times as you like.
The main course.
So what do you fancy? Indian? Chinese? Thai? Italian? Or a mixture of all four? The choice is yours so you can have the best of all worlds here. The Bain-maries keep the food piping hot. The food is placed in a silver serving dish with lids to keep it hot. The lids lift up and stay open displaying what is in each pot. The pots are labelled any way so you can have a peek to see what it looks like the delights of Chicken curry, vegetable curry, Dahl, plain rice or Pilau, Sweet and sour dishes, Oyster sauce dishes and black bean sauce dishes containing either chicken or vegetables. There is always some kind of pasta on offer in a variety of sauces which you of course help yourself to. The food always looks beautifully presented for serving and is constantly being replenished, tidied and is always piping hot.
Stir Fry area.
The next area which is my preference is the stir fry section. There is a selection of the following ingredients for your stir fry, noodles two types, prawns, chicken, spring onions, carrots, and onions. These are all on plates resting on a bed of crushed ice to keep them cool and fresh. There are serving tongs for each ingredient.
You place your selection of ingredients on the plate and then give it to the chef behind the counter they will ask you how hot and spicy you will like it. If you ask for mild you will receive it delicately spiced with chilli, medium spicy and you will definitely know you are eating chilli as it tingles your mouth and the back of your throat, hot and boy will you know it when you ask for it hot as there is a very generous helping of chilli in the noodles it will burn your mouth and your throat and will leave your mouth burning quite pleasantly. You can either stand or watch them stir fry it for you or return to your table and they will bring it to you.
This is a nice area for either kids or adults. There is always a fresh fruit salad, a fruit bowl with various fruits, small pieces of cakes and gateaux type desserts, mousses, whipped desserts, crème caramel, and an ice cream dispenser with various sauce toppings and hundreds and thousands or marshmallows.
I really like Chom chom restaurant because there is a wide variety of food available and you have the choice to pick and choose exactly what you want and in portions or combinations that you find suitable for yourself. If you only want a small amount of curry then you can pick that, if you want to mix and match you can do that too. If you want to taste all the dishes (Impossible in my opinion) then you are able to do so. The food is always very tasty it really is a great place to dine and quite novel for guests to enjoy such an exotic eclectic menu.
I have visited this restaurant on several occasions and it is always exceptionally clean, well run and efficient. The atmosphere is very peaceful and I can thoroughly recommend it. I would give it five stars for the quality of food, five stars for the friendly and efficient staff and five stars for its cleanliness and the atmosphere. Price wise I think it warrants five stars too. The toilets are clean and fresh smelling which is a bonus in my opinion and they are regularly checked by the staff.
Times of opening:
Lunch 12:00 - 15:00 Mon-Fri £8.95 child £4.95
12:00 - 15:00 Saturday £10.95 Child £6.95
12:00 - 16:00 Sunday £10.95 Child £6.95
Dinner 17:00 - 23:00 Mon - Thurs £13.95 Child £7.50
17:00 - 23:00 Fri - Sat. £14.95 Child £7.95
16:00 - 21:30 Sunday £13.95 Child £7.50
Early bird special available Monday to Saturday £10:95 Child £7.50 as long as you vacate the table by 7PM.
There is an extensive cocktail and wine menu available
Cocktails are around £6.50
Wines from £13.95(house wine) to £89.95 (Champagne).
A 10% service charge is added to the bill.
Chom Chom restaurant.
8-12 Bromley Road,
Telephone: 0208 650 5072.
There is ample parking close by in the car park behind St. George's Church and you can walk to it in two minutes.
Highly recommended for choice and value and excellent standards of hygiene.