Babur

4.6
450 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
Open since 1985, this delightful, unpretentious restaurant in Forest Hill, London, is renowned for its stunning and innovative modern Indian cuisine. Babur's stylish, earthy interior features exposed brick walls, natural wooden furniture and beautiful handmade Bengali artworks. The intimate atmosphere and sensational staff have made Babur a favourite dining destination with Forest Hill locals, and the food is worth making a trip across town for. We highly recommend the spicy sardine fish cake stuffed with caramelised figs; sandalwood ostrich infused with fenugreek; and black cod in spices and mustard oil with mustard mash. The wine list, designed by Peter McCombie, is also superb and features 16 wines by the glass, and 34 bottles for under £20.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 6pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: 6pm - 1:30am
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Phone number
020 8291 2400
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Takeout, Wine
What 450 People Are Saying
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TR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hospitality and cuisine above and beyond; worth the trip from the Americas!

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always and a grest wine list too. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good menu and realization

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DB
Morocco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food and service. Best curry in London

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L
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously good food - the best Indian cuisine I've ever had. A great tasting menu with a really good wine pairing, and all excellent value for money given just how good the food was. Service was also relaxed, friendly and very knowledgeable.

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CW
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food served by friendly and helpful staff. Food was flavour-some with just the right amount of spice.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t find fault in service,decor or food

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DA
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Indian food, quality ingredients, better value than central London high end comparables, with options on the menu to suit both 'new' style and old school British Indian tastes

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D
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal as always. Friendly staff, tasty food and a great drinks menu.

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always and excellent service.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

It's a decent Indian food in that area but nothing exceptional and the service is rather poor.
And dont bother about collecting open table points as restaurant would by default forget to mention that you honoured the reservation.

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E
London
37 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent meal and good service. What more can you want.

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A
London
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always good food at the Babur. The service, though good, was a little too intrusive. Our table was in a very noisy part of the restaurant, and it was difficult to hear each other for most of the evening.

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the non vegetarian tasting menu with wine pairing and I couldn’t recommend it more. Every dish was amazing - and the cocktails we had to start were incredible. 10/10 x

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j
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My (now) husband and I had our first date at Babur in 2004 and return each year to remember that night; the ambience is perfect, the staff are attentive, focused and nothing is too much trouble. The food is just sublime and one of the main reasons why this great restaurant is as popular as it is; their creativity and use of ingredients sets it apart from any other Indian restaurant you might have visited - yes, the standards are there, but on the next level; every bite is something to savour and all the more reason to make sure that you experience this local gem, hidden away in leafy Honor Oak Park, as soon as you can.

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and dining experience! Would recommend😊

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CO
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great things on the menu, it's difficult to pick! Monkfish main was outstanding, as was the quails legs starter - wine pairing with each made it even more delicious.

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DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always- the Chettinad is highly recommended. We also started with a Mumbai negroni, which was a great twist on the classic. Overall, a fantastic restaurant with an interesting menu and a great setting for a date or special occasion

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful services and great attention from the staff and nice special touches. The menu is excellent and food delicious! Great for a special occassion

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B
London
54 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been going to Babur for years and it never disappoints. This time we tried the vegetarian tasting menu with wines and it was absolutely delicious. The food here simply puts other Indian restaurants in the shade. My only minor complaint is that service can be a bit slow but as soon as I mentioned this to the head waiter, he ensured that things started moving much faster .

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JS
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babur is a firm favourite of ours! The food is always amazing, great service and the cocktails are to die for!
Unfortunately on this occasion there had been an issue in the kitchen and we were an hour later sitting down to eat but the staff were very apologetic and attentive!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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S
London
48 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good and very tasty Indian food, modern style and interesting ingredients. Wines overpriced for the area. Buzzing atmosphere with good decor

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KF
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with lots of choices. Great cocktails and a lovely wine.
We had a great time.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Different Indian cuisine
Fine dinning at fine prices

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a
London
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, best curry in south London. Great service and a great place for any occasion.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Restaurant doesn't always honor OpenTable bookings. The overall service was rushed. Will not return.

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LG
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Not your typical Indian. Good if you want to try something different,

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious as usual, service great, staff helpful. I am celiac but plenty of options including preparing scallops gluten free especially for me. My son (it was his birthday) is a foodie, it was his first time and he was very impressed. Shame he lives in NW London otherwise I think he'd be a regular. A big thank you to all the staff for a great evening.

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F
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Babur. First time visit for my mother, who has never had any Indian dishes before and she was very impressed. I've been to this restaurant several times before and they have never disappointed me in the quality of their food.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! This is some of the best Indian food I've had in London. Despite the fact it was a birthday lunch on a monday there were a couple of other tables of diners. Attentive service and exceptional food. Will definitely return.

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N
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

There are many places in London that serve better Indian food than Babur. I found the restaurant in the same article as Trisha, Gymkhana etc - Babur is no match to the better Indian restaurants.

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SD
London
210 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This may be a very simple review but it is to the point. Babur is our favourite Indian in the whole of South East London. It is not your traditional local curry house, but a proper high-end experience. Innovative ingredients, great presentation and an extensive wine/cocktail list.

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j
Edinburgh
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - we loved it! Will definitely return soon.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Babur has such a diverserange of delicious sounding dishes on its menu I always find it hard to choose what to have!

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e
London
38 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A beautiful meal, really fresh cooking with excellent presentation. Delicious and unusual cocktails and wine suggestions linked to the menu. Highly recommended in every way.

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a
London
72 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty stuff. Lovely seasonal menu. Good wine. These guys know what they're doing!

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Originally my booking was for 5 people but only 3 could make it.
It was lovely. A great evening had by all.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The back room is far too noisy, it needs some sound proofing. Having requested a room in the main dining room (quieter) the request was not passed onto the restaurant via Open Table (which is apparently normal) so next time I will book directly on their website.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to thus restaurant many times and it never disappoints. Food lovely and good quality. Service good. We always come here after visiting family in the area

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Babur was recommended to me and i'm very glad I tried it out. Delicious food, excellent service and overall a lovely place to dine. Would be ideal for a special occasion or just to treat yourself. The food was delicious - so flavourful, just the right amount of spices. We had the tasting menu - what a treat. Each course was so beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. So vibrant and varied in flavour and texture. We will return i'm sure.

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