BiBi

Indian·
££££
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Silver Award
London, W1K 6ZR ·Website ·Call020 3780 7310

SquareMeal Review of BiBi

Silver Award

Stepping out from the side-lines and into the spotlight, chef Chet Sharma’s debut solo venture is a confident addition to the Mayfair dining scene. Having sensed a gap in the market for contemporary Indian food made with best-of-British ingredients, his menu delivers plate after plate of vibrant food.

Having designed some of JKS’ most popular dishes you might be forgiven for thinking he has lofty aspirations, but busily working behind the bar on our visit he tells us he doesn’t want Bibi to be “a once in a lifetime restaurant”. Instead, the chef says, he wants Bibi’s to be “a 2-3 times a week place”, he wants it to be a familiar favourite, a proper neighbourhood restaurant. And on a busy Friday lunchtime it feels that way, with solo diners at the counter happily dining alongside family groups, looked after by genial staff. It’s a place for everyone and this is food we’d never tire of.

The menu is expertly balanced to deliver a range of fresh and fragrant; creamy and spicy; crispy and saucy plates. Based on his favourite childhood snacks, little hot corn cakes are crunchy and sweet and speckled with seasoning that sticks to your fingers. A raw scallop dish is incredibly light and fragrant with the flavours of Indian lemonade – another nod to Chet’s upbringing. Mains bring the most succulent tandoor-cooked chicken we’ve ever had – not an exaggeration – in a creamy sauce that’s hard to narrow down to one flavour but instead is aromatic and addictive, perfect for mopping up with handkerchief style breads.

Throughout, there are stories about the background to each dish, and Chet’s cooking is a timely reminder that there’s so much more to food than just its flavour. It’s so often about bringing people together and creating shared experiences, and this warm and welcoming spot is somewhere special we’d want to reserve for spending time with our very favourites.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cool, Fine dining, Luxury, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About BiBi

Adding to the ranks of some of London’s best Indian restaurants comes Bibi, a fine-dining destination for deftly spiced dishes of warming Indian flavours.

This contemporary restaurant is backed by JKS, the people behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana, and it seems they have similar aspirations for their most recent site by putting Chef Chet Sharma at the helm. Sharma has spent the last four years as the group’s development chef, creating some of the best-loved dishes in London. This venture sees him have free reign of his very own kitchen for the first time.

The menu is divided into four distinct sections to guide diners through a leisurely meal that starts with snacks, small plates and various chaats and finishes with Sigree (which are typically skewered, barbecued dishes) and sides. Snacks include things like a lobster claw vada while small plates might present scallops with a scallop roe chaat masala and jalapeno.

Mains – which are often cooked over the custom-built grill – celebrate Sharma’s grandfather’s pre-partition memories of his local kebab vendors. Options here span a green chukh masala thigh, a four-pepper lobster and a lamb rump. Familiar favourites are covered in the sides, where warm breads and buttery daals feature. While flavours might be distinctly south Asian, spice mixes are blended with European techniques and the best of British produce to create fusion food of the highest order.

As is fitting for a Mayfair address, there’s Champagne on the drinks list here, as well as sparkling teas, a progressive wine list and a whole host of cocktails.

Interiors at Bibi have been created by Sam Hosker and have been designed to create a warm, relaxed environment for diners. Expect mango wood paired with sandstone furnishes, as well as antique brass accessories and abstract prints. Inside the restaurant there’s room for 35 guests, while the outside space can accommodate up to 20 people and is furnished with rattan chairs surrounded by verdant foliage.


FAQs

Who owns Bibi?

Bibi is owned by JKS restaurants which is a renowned restaurant group who also own places like Gymkhana, Trishna, Brigadiers, Hoppers, Berenjak, Lyle’s, Flor, Sabor, Kitchen Table, and BAO.

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What does Bibi mean?

In Urdu Bibi translates as “lady of the house” and is used as a term of endearment for grandmothers. In this case it’s used to honour chef Sharma’s own grandmother, who he has drawn inspiration from.

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What is the menu at Bibi like?

The menu at Bibi’s focuses on modern Indian food. You can expect indulgent serves like a four-pepper lobster and a chicken liver maska bun.

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Is there a terrace at Bibi?

Yes, there is outdoor dining at Bibi by way of a 20-seater terrace.

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Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Bibi?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Bibi.

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Meet the team
BiBi

Chet Sharma

Head chef

Chef Chet Sharma heads up Bibi in Mayfair, his first solo venture. His previous experience is as a development chef for the restaurant group JKS (which also backs Bibi), as well as time at Mark Birchall’s Moor Hall and Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume – plus a stint at the world renowned Mugaritz in Spain. With a PdD in Physics from Oxford, Sharma loves process and takes pride in his exacting standards which helps him produce his signature high-end dishes. When dining at Bibi you can see Sharma in action as he works from his custom-built charcoal grill which overlooks a 12-seater kitchen counter.  Speaking about his restaurant Sharma says: “At BiBi we tell the story of Indian food through a different lens; pairing impactful flavours with techniques that I have honed at some of Europe's most celebrated restaurants. My style of cooking is all about marrying the richly diverse cuisines of the Indian subcontinent along with the world-class produce available to us here in the UK."


Location for BiBi

42 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZR

020 3780 7310

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun Closed

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