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 2022
In business since the mid-1980s, Babur is a pioneer of modern Indian cuisine. Outside there’s a life-sized model tiger on the roof, while inside is an upmarket, contemporary, brasserie-style space decorated with Indian artworks. Ingredients are never less than excellent, and they’re put to good use in exciting, original cooking. Well-chosen, spice-friendly wine list.
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 2022
With its “extraordinary modern take on Indian cuisine with a British slant”, this unsung food hero of the south London suburbs is “worth the trek ”to Forest Hill – “it’s not easy to find but don’t miss it”. A local hit for 36 years now, it’s “a major cut above your standard Indian”, and boasts “surprising, inventive and unfailingly delicious food, impeccably charming staff, and a Dal Makhni I travel 150 miles twice a year to eat”. “The chefs are artists with a rabbit” – evidence of their “particular talent with game that surprises and delights in equal measure”.