Babur

4.7
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478 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.
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VH
London
62 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food here is amazing in this hidden south London gem. I really think this would be pushing 1 Michelin star in central London. Very thoughtful and good wine list also.

SA
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, amazing flavours, the best cocktails and excellent service ...we’ll be back!

H
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service as always. Many thanks

LD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lively ambience and good time with family. Only minor gripe was it was a little too hot at the back of yhe restaurant. Need air conditioning.
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p
London
51 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food very good BUT we arrived on time and were told that our table was being cleared. 30 minutes later we were still waiting. We were not advised of the delay and kept updated

G
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality food for very reasonable prices with great service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Did make us wait 20 mins which was a bit annoying when we had booked.

IS
London
31 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and innovative food - wonderful to have maintained such high standards for over 30 years.

MG
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal with great service!!

NM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My first time here, will be going again. Great food and service.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Babur is always an excellent choice, with great food and fabulous service.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I keep returning to Babur, not just because it's where we had our first date (15 years ago!) but because the attention to detail is exceptional, the food is always innovative and the service faultless. What more could you ask for?

B
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails, friendly staff, nice decor - an overall wonderful dining experience

k
London
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fine meal, but Babur is a very fine restaurant these days (we first went there over 30 years ago). The food is thoughtful and carefully cooked and well presented. The waiting staff are excellent. It is probably the best restaurant in the area, and there is some competition. A wonderful evening out.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was probably my fifth trip to Babur. It's a fantastic gem of a restaurant. Well worth a visit! All food and cocktails are fantastic. Can't wait for an excuse to go again!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our group of three enjoyed the food which was delicious, but we felt as if we were being rushed throughout our time there and the waiter broke into our conversation and stood waiting at our table before we were ready to order. We were not automatically presented with a wine list prior to ordering a meal - only a drinks menu. Overall, probably won't be returning any time soon.

JA
London
76 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely cocktails, great food with both some classical and some unique influences. A real find.

D
London
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Booked at short notice on a weekday evening, and had a drive to get there. It was worth it however - professional though relaxed service, finely executed dishes, and a lovely sense of peace and civilisation as all the other diners were clearly enjoying their experience too. Thank you Babur. We will not leave it so long before our next visit.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nicely decorated restaurant. Food was tasty and not by any means the normal high street curry. Good wine list although overpriced.

A
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I have enjoyed the Babur since the 1980s. Over the years it has become more sophisticated in its presentation. Why would I think nowadays of going to central London to eat an Indian meal when I can eat just as well (no,better ) at the Babur?

MD
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not your average curry place. The service was impeccable from the moment you walked in to the moment you left. The host was lovely and seated us immediately even though they didn't get the reservation from Opentable. Luckily I had the confirmation email but there was really no need to show them as they took me at my word. We demurred the tasting menu as we thought we would be too full but we had the scallops to start with suggested wine pairings with our mains, the sea bream and the duck, with pilau rice, sag aloo and crispy potatoes for our sides. We also had the deliciously fluffy garlic naan bread. They also had great cocktails. An overall wonderful experience.

v
London
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

delicious food as usual. the waiter was not welcoming at all.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The tasting menu, both non vegetarian and vegetarian was delicious. A feast.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and a great Birthday experience for my Daughters 15th

B
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was lovely but felt they'd over booked. We sat down just after 840 and got our food at 1030. It tasted lovely but too long a wait...

LT
London
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food, as always at Babur. Took family this time, and they were very impressed. Best Indian main course he has ever eaten - said my dad (it was the chicken supreme).

TR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good menu and realization

DB
Morocco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service. Best curry in London

L
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

CW
County Durham
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t find fault in service,decor or food

DA
London
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

D
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food as always and excellent service.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

E
London
44 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

A
London
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.