Since opening in 1985, Indian restaurant Babur has held its place in South London's Forest Hill as one of the most popular places to enjoy a range of food from across South Asia. The restaurant says its mission is to represent India's many different cuisines - not just the dishes you see at your local curry house - and offer both traditional and modern takes.
And, it seems it has managed to do just that, having appeared on The Michelin Guide London, as well as both The AA Restaurant Guide and The Good Food Guide by Waitrose in 2024. Amongst its various praises are notes on the continued stylishness of the restaurant from its exposed brick feature walls to elaborate floral installations, as well as its popularity with locals for unique, off-the-beaten-path dishes.
There's a selection of menus available, most notably the a la carte, tasting menu and Sunday buffet. Some highlights from the a la carte include a modern twist on a tikka dish in the form of swordfish with onion, radish pickle and yellow chilli, alongside mains like Garam masala Gressingham duck with rainbow quinoa khichdi and orange jus. We also like the sound of the baby aubergines with peanut sauce, garlic nan, seasoned spinach and cottage cheese, as well as sides like thinly-sliced crispy fried potatoes with dried mango powder.
If you have a sweet tooth, there's absolutely loads to go at here, from the pistachio kulfi with white chocolate soil and pistachio tuiles, as well as the spiced apricot and fig crumble with saffron custard, both of which are offered with a sweet wine pairing.
While Babur doesn't put on weekly events, check out its calender for special themed nights for holidays like Valentine's Day and Christmas. And, if you're throwing your own bash, the team are happy for you to take over the restaurant, use their marquee or come and cater for you at a different location.