Babur has had good reviews since opening in 1985 and continues to be well reviewed in guidebooks, in the press and online via Google and TripAdvisor.
The AA Restaurant Guide 2020
Babur has been a pioneer of modern Indian cuisine since 1985, its contemporary approach is bolstered by a classy brasserie look. The cooking continues to deliver original ideas, backed by spice-friendly wine recommendations for each dish. Quality ingredients are the bedrock, judiciously spiced and delivered with well-dressed presentation.
The Michelin Guide London
Good looks and innovative cooking make this passionately run and long-established Indian restaurant stand out. Influences from the south and north west feature most and seafood is a highlight look out for the ‘Treasures of the Sea’ menu.
Waitrose - The Good Food Guide 2020
‘A local institution and such a lovely place to have down the road,’ notes a reader who has nothing but praise for this ‘welcoming’ neighborhood Indian. But Babur isn’t your average curry house: there’s a life-size effigy of a tiger on the roof, a hand-painted kalamkari horoscope in the foyer and lots of artefacts amid the exposed brick work and veneered timbers. Meanwhile, the kitchen delivers ‘high-quality cooking without the pretentiousness or fuss of some upmarket restaurants’. There’s plenty to tempt vegetarians and vegan – beetroot cutlet with papaya chutney, say, or a wild mushroom and pea dosa – as well as those on special diets. Elsewhere on the extensive menu you’ll find the likes of crab ‘bonda’ dumplings with mint abd coriander purée, steamed shoulder of lamb accompanied by beetroot rice, or seared Grassingham duck breast with braised cabbage, clove and sweet-and-sour plum sauce. Intriguing sides might feature crispy fried potatoes dusted with mango powder, while desserts are clever crossover ideas. The wine list has been knowledgeably assembled with food in mint, but it would be remiss to ignore the zesty Asian-themed cocktails.
Harden’s London Restaurants 2020
“In Forest Hill… who knew?”; this “off-the-beaten-track” culinary mecca has, in fact, been “brilliant for years” (it opened in 1985) and “these guys just keep on delivering the goods”. It’s not just the “magnificent cooking”, often featuring game, or “seriously divine cocktails” (some of them “super spicy”) – the ambience too “is strikingly elegant given the mundane locale” of the distant south London ‘burbs. Top Tip – “best experienced when they do their special seasonal menus and events”.