Babur

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"VERY GOOD"

11 reviews

119 Brockley Rise , London, SE23 1JP

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020 8291 2400

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SquareMeal Review of Babur

22

"VERY GOOD"

Readers applaud this “gem” of an Indian restaurant for its “artfully chosen” decor, “superb” cocktails and “exceptional” food. Babur is a long-standing neighbourhood favourite, where furnishings have become increasingly stylish over the years (currently, bare brick, tiled flooring, low-hanging lights and wooden partitions holding vibrant flower displays) and the Sunday buffet remains consistently popular. Food encompasses both northern and southern Indian cookery, so you’ll find clove-smoked lamb chops from the tandoor, as well as wild mushroom and pea dosa. But the new menu also contains a healthy dose of innovation. Dishes such as steamed spice-crusted shoulder of lamb with beetroot rice combine prime British ingredients with bold Punjabi flavours. Ostrich is marinated in a fierce Rajasthani masala, and even goat gets a look-in: slow-cooked to perfection and transformed with aromatic spices. To match these dishes, Master of Wine Peter McCombie has put together a list of food-friendly bottles.

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Babur Location

119 Brockley Rise , London SE23 1JP

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020 8291 2400

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -4pm) 6-11.30pm

Babur's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 8.1

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Service: 7.4

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Atmosphere: 7.3

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Value: 7.9

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

01 October 2017

I was a bit nervous before my first visit here (for my father's birthday) - my family are very quick to criticise and I wanted the evening to be a success. But the impeccable service and delicious food on the tasting menus won everyone over, and we left promising to come back soon. The food was far from the run of the mill tandoori chicken and nan bread of the typical local Indian restaurant. Really interesting and subtle spicing combinations, beautifully presented. I have no hesitation in recommending it. Go!

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

29 February 2016

This really is the best restaurant in my side of the South East, and visiting it is always a treat. My favourite dishes are the beetroot cutlets and the buffalo main dish, which is hot and smoky - I actually like I've smoked 40 Marlboro after eating it. And I love the organic Prosecco which is quite rustic and appley. I know that Indian restaurants are not renowned for their desserts, but I do think they could improve on the range, as it currently doesn't reflect their style and flare in my opinion.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
19 February 2016

Our cocktail and canapes by Chef Jiwanlal's included poultry, vegetarian, savoury and sweet… plus we also took up their 50% off offer in the restaurant that night. Would be ashamed not to! chukandri venison £7.95 – quite a heavy spiced and the venison was a little dry. clove smoked lamb chops £8.25 – the infused flavour of cloves is so subtle yet quite distinct. I have never had cloves as the main flavour in lamb and thought that this works well. Brilliant! ostrich soole £8.50 dal makhni £5.50 – the creamy black lentils was such a hearty warming dish but I thought it was quite a small portion. lamb dum briyani, boondi raita £15.75 – the scent of perfectly cooked basmati rice is just unbeatable and the sealed pot was opened at the table, the smell of those spices was just delectable! Service is as attentive as always and once again enjoyed Babur's meal. I felt that the meat starters that we had was a little dry and the spice was quite intense, bordering excessive but I am sure that Chef Jiwanlal will come up with something interesting soon. Looking forward to our next meal, Babur!

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