Babur

4.6
455 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
£26 to £40
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Indian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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.
What 455 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
v
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and a great Birthday experience for my Daughters 15th

Report
Helpful
B
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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...

Report
Helpful
LT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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).

Report
Helpful
TR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

Report
Helpful
AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good menu and realization

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

Always amazing food and service. Best curry in London

Report
Helpful
L
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 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.

Report
Helpful
CW
County Durham
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 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.

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

Couldn’t find fault in service,decor or food

Report
Helpful
DA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 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

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

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

Report
Helpful
OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always and excellent service.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 July 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.

Report
Helpful
E
London
43 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
A
London
22 reviews
Dined on 14 July 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.

Report
Helpful
SG
1 review
Dined on 29 June 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

Report
Helpful
j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 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.

Report
Helpful
C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and dining experience! Would recommend😊

Report
Helpful
CO
1 review
Dined on 1 June 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.

Report
Helpful
DS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 May 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

Report
Helpful
JG
1 review
Dined on 23 February 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

Report
Helpful
B
London
54 reviews
Dined on 9 February 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 .

Report
Helpful
JS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 February 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!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Report
Helpful
S
London
50 reviews
Dined on 7 December 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

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

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

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

Different Indian cuisine
Fine dinning at fine prices

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

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

Report
Helpful
M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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

Report
Helpful
LG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

Report
Helpful
J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 September 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.

Report
Helpful
F
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 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.

Report
Helpful
s
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 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.

Report
Helpful
N
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 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.

Report
Helpful
SD
London
230 reviews
Dined on 29 July 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.

Report
Helpful
j
Edinburgh
22 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious - we loved it! Will definitely return soon.

Report
Helpful
OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 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!

Report
Helpful
e
London
39 reviews
Dined on 1 June 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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
12