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.