Restaurant review: Chom Chom, Beckenham

By - Tuesday 8th December, 2015

Anne Giles enjoys a Beckenham buffet that spans the globe

8-12 Bromley Road, Beckenham BR3 5JE
Time from East Croydon:  20 minutes to Beckenham Junction,  5 minutes

The selection of cold starters.
Photo author’s own.

My husband Steve and I recently decided to treat ourselves to lunch at Chom Chom, a Beckenham restaurant well known for its ‘all you can eat’ buffet which serves Indian, Thai, Chinese and European food. This has a fixed price of £9.95 for lunch Mondays to Fridays, £12.50 on Saturdays or £14.80 on Sundays. The service charge is not included.

The trick is not to fill one’s plate too much and to pace oneself

We booked a table, as it is very popular and can get quite busy. The staff are very polite and helpful. We asked for our drinks and then headed towards the very tempting buffet, consisting of soup, cold starters, hot starters and main courses. The trick is not to fill one’s plate too much and to pace oneself. We had three starters each, starting off with the soup, a delicious chicken hot and sour, then off to the cold buffet, where I chose from their large selection an interesting mixture of chopped salad, sushi, prawn and pineapple, three colour and olives – a veritable plethora of assorted tastes.

The selection of main course hot dishes.
Photo author’s own.

Then it was time for the hot starters. I chose baked sweet potato, honey crispy chicken, chicken sheek kebab and chicken tikka. After this, we decided to wait for half an hour before venturing on to the main courses. Once we were ready, we headed towards the amazing display of dishes, all clearly labelled. I had chicken balls in sweet garlic sauce, roasted potato, assorted stir fry vegetables, vegetable bhaji and daal tadka. There were naan breads available, as well as rice, but I never eat these. Amazingly, Steve managed to fill his plate up twice, choosing different dishes each time.

After all that, would we manage the dessert? Why not spoil ourselves, we thought! So off we went to choose from their selection. I had a small slice of melon, a tiny pot of crème caramel and a couple of profiteroles.

We came away thoroughly satisfied and our total bill was a mere £26.90, which included drinks. I still can’t stop thinking about it!

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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