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As co-founders of the furniture retailer Dwell, it’s no surprise that the brains behind this new Indian restaurant-cum-cocktail bar have invested it with a real eye for detail. From the stunning
five-metre oak bar (cut from a single tree) to drinks such as a zingy, Aperol-based negroni, first impressions of the bijou site bode well. Bare-brick walls and refurbished industrial chairs add to
the handsome look, so settle in for food that combines Indian home-style recipes from the owner’s mum with professional polish, courtesy of ex-Benares chef Raju Rawat. Everything arrives on small
sharing plates, from excellent, creamy and crunchy chaat and spiced mince patties to marinated lamb chops, pollock curry spiked with fenugreek and karela (bitter gourd with lentils). Just add
cheery service and a lively buzz, and you’ve got the makings of a real winner.
The first thing you’ll notice about Indian restaurant Zumbura - nestled in the well-to-do idyll of Clapham Old Town - is that in almost every way, it does not feel like an Indian restaurant. The interiors: no linen, leather bound menus, chandeliers, or sitar recordings. Instead, a vivid ceiling butterfly-and-birdscape, and deep turquoise and bare brick walls embellished with wild flowers in slim glass vases. There’s a wooden bar of organic form laden with ingredients used in the kitchen including the namesake fruit zumbura (pomelo in Urdu) and fresh tamarind. The crockery is beautiful, imperfect,...
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Some places are worth making that extra effort to seek out and one such place is Zumbura. Set slightly off the beaten track in Clapham’s affluent Old Town, this vibrant restaurant serves Indian food but not as you might know it. Gone are the old clichés associated with Indian dining and gone is the ghee.Instead, a fresh, light and modern décor set the scene, which is reflective of the cuisine. The food is based on home-style, traditional cooking from the Purab region of North India and is designed to be shared – great if you can never make up your mind on what to order like me and want to try the lot, which...
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Hidden amongst the cute boutiques and chic cafes in Clapham, lies Zumbura, an Indian restaurant with a difference. Founded by the makers of furniture retailer, Dwell, CEO Aamir Ahmad has created a restaurant that offers the food he enjoyed whilst growing up with his Indian-born parents in London. As a result you won't find a boring old tikka masala on the menu but instead a selection of food from the Purab region in North East India.The restaurant itself is very visually appealing with its wooden tables, gorgeous tableware and decorated ceiling. It has a relaxed homely atmosphere but still delivers the right...
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I haven't blogged in so, SO long. Our (wonderful) trip to the other side of the world semi bankrupted me and therefore meals out have been somewhat scarce. But, I'm now back in the land of the living, spending my pay cheque on day one and back into eating out again...I have missed it, hugely! A couple of weeks ago we stumbled into Zumbura in Clapham Old Town. A sort-of Indian tapas joint set in informal surroundings and, in this case, choca-block on a Tuesday evening. We luckily bagged a pew at the carved out bar counter and perused the menu with watering mouths...
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