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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.

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36a Old Town ,London SW4 0LB

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Sep 2014

Let me start this review by saying what a special restaurant Zumbura is. Nestled in a pretty, quiet street in Clapham Old Town, this restaurant is vibrantly alive with colour and flavour. Zumbura is a new restaurant that serves up food local to the Purab region in North East India. Whilst the ambiance gives of an edgier, soho-ish vibe; the food and flavours transport you to India. What is distinctive is the healthy nature of all of the food, it is flavoursome without being overpowering and over-oiled....

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Madison C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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36a Old Town ,London SW4 0LB

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Zumbura Clapham Common

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Oct 2013

Got to say, I was really impressed with this place! The menu is full of yummy things and I wanted to order them all! For an Indian, its so authentic and nothing like a takeaway! For me it was more like Lebanese cuisine (but not, if you get me!), lots of small taster dishes which were very reasonably priced. Staff were smiley and attentive and the decor, chic but cosy. Cocktails! Fabulous Definately worth a visit!

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

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Essential Details for Zumbura

  • Address: 36a Old Town, London SW4 0LB
  • Telephone: 020 7720 7902
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-10pm (Thurs-Sat -10.30pm)
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Area: Clapham
  • Price: £41.00
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £45.00

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