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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

119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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Fantastic local restaurant

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Feb 2016

Editor's pick 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...

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Val M.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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Babur excels again!

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Feb 2016

Editor's pick 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...

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Vi V.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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Babur

119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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by   (1)

Oct 2012

From an Indian, born and bred in Yorkshire, I am used to only the finest curries around and I can honestly say you wont be dissapointed to enjoy your curry at Barbur, tucked away 5min walk from Honor Oak Park station on the (gingerline) you will find this real gem!! Innovative, contemporary, stylish but best of all are its fantastic flavours.. simply delicious! If you are looking for an Indian with a difference, value for money and spot on for taste.. look no further! The chefs are top drawer! Sunday...

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Taran W.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 10

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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by   (1)

Mar 2012

We dined at Babur, Forest Hill, on Friday night with my brother and sister-in-law who were visiting from Leeds. All the food was absolutely delicious, including the pear tarte tatin for pudding, and the cocktails we had to begin with was just delicious. My brother and I had one of the dishes from the chef special menu (steamed Pollock cake) which was lovely. Lovely restaurant with a great service. Will be back soon.

Ch N.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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by   (1)

Nov 2011

I went here after reading favourable reviews only to be disappointed. The menu although imaginitive didn't deliver-waiter recomended the buffalo curry which tasted like low grade beef-the bill for two was about £100 which included cocktails-upon paying the waiter suggested that we take up their offer of a loyalty card that would entitle us to a 5% discount on future visits,but that there was a charge of £5 for this privelige-shall not return.

Stephen H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Babur

119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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by   (1)

May 2011

Having had my eyes opened to contemporary Indian cuisine courtesy of my wife demanding to be taken to Benares for her birthday, an old friend suggested I give Babur a try. I don't mind travelling a little way for an exceptional meal, and with the East London line extension I was able to get to Honor Oak Park from north of the river easily enough (and it's no Darlington, which I have done for a meal in the past). We went quite early, as I'd discovered they have a 50% discount outside of their rush...

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John L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 10

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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Feb 2011

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Went to the restaurant for the first time this evening on the recommendation of several other couples;When we arrived first impressions were very good ;sadly misleading as we were led to a table very close to two other couples with most of the restaurant available !!.After 5 or so minutes a waiter came over to ask if we would like a drink ,we ordered two small beers and a bottle of red ,the waiter brought the beers and thoughtfully suggested he 'd bring the wine with our main courses!!!,We ordered...

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JASPER B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 3

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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Dec 2010

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I went to the Babur last night with three others…we turned up earlier than we had booked were quickly given a table with no problem. I had not been there since their refit and was amazed to see how modern it was, yet it felt very warm and welcoming. we had some p'doms with the most amazing chutneys..the whole garlic clove was the the best. We ordered from what was not the usual type of indian menu. The I felt menu was much more considered and select rather than pages and pages of every type of curry...

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Rupam T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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119 Brockley Rise ,London SE23 1JP

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Mar 2010

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After having booked for 9.00pm for a table for 2 (and double checked for optimal time of arrival thereafter), my companion and I were made to wait for 40 minutes in a very cramped entrance lobby. It was clear that the restaurant had overbooked. No attempt was made to serve any of the 12-15 people waiting in the crammed vestibule with complementary (or paid) drinks. [12th March 2009] Waiters ignored all of us and then when asked (by me on several occasions) said the table was being cleared and that...

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 6

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    Vi Vian :: Babur Brockley Rise

    Babur, Brockley Rise – A few months ago, we received an invitation celebrate the completion of a mural by Gourmandizing London, with the Mayor of Lewisham. Gourmandizing London is a series of murals (their permanent work can be found in New Cross, Peckham, Loughborough Junction and Greenwich) based on people’s favourite food memories. How more suitable can it be than to celebrate their 30th anniversary and their 6th completion of mural work in the local gourmet Indian restaurant, Babur?
    We found out about Babur a few years ago and has since been back a few more times. Babur also does tasting groups with selected...
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