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119 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, LONDON, SE23 1JP

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With a prowling, life-size tiger on the roof, newcomers could be forgiven for thinking this is just another flock-wallpapered curry house, but Babur takes a thoroughly creative approach to cuisine as well as décor. Inside the look is classy and modern: walnut veneer, exposed brickwork and blue limestone flooring meets brown-leather banquettes and industrial ducting - throw in a gallery of striking ethnic artworks and funky pendant lighting and the place really comes to life. The cooking certainly doesn't hold back either, delivering a colourful blend of traditional and contemporary thinking. Quality ingredients - many not widely encountered in Indian cooking - and judicious spicing are joined by well-dressed presentation. Witness ostrich (clove-smoked and marinated in Rajasthani spices) or goat patties (with tamarind and raisin chutney) to start, followed by mains like well-spiced Kerala-inspired coconut lamb with tomato rice. Desserts follow the East-meets-West theme - perhaps a spiced chocolate fondant or mango brûlée - while wines are spice-friendly and the menu includes recommendations to match each main course.

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Tel: 020 8291 2400
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Dates closed: 26 Dec
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: 27 Dec
Days closed for dinner: 25 Dec

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Indian
Chef: Jiwan Lal
Number of seats: 72
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £11.95
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Babur, London se23


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