Babur

4.7
486 reviews
£26 to £40
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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vipVHAB
London
71 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

as always amazing foodservice and very well handled with regards to SD guidleines.

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viprc57
London
90 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

As usual, this was a pleasant visit. We have been visiting this restaurant for a very long time and the food has always been innovative and interesting. Service has been very good - the new circumstances under COVID 19 needs adjustment from all sides. We will continue to visit this gem of a restaurant.

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bluesbeater
London
35 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable at every level. Thank you for a fantastic evening

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vipmartin2802
London
110 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The marquee was a delight! And the service was very good despite the current conditions. As for the food - delicious with plenty of interesting choices. Babur maintains its high standard after 35 years!

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vipVHAB
London
72 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First restaurant after lock down. The food as ever superb with a very good wine list and great service. They have done a fantastic job with the restrictions to still give you a lovely dining experience

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SchanelD
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't been to Babur in forever, but it was the best by far.

Service was very quick, we didn't have to wait in-between servings at all.

The food was on point for both flavour and temperature, it was to die for.

Many thanks for having us, during these times.

JB
vipJayneBc
London
7 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual.... Emdad was the perfect host. We feel so st home hère. Thank you

Food A mazing....

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vipVHAB
London
72 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Aswlays amazing food in the incredible curry house. very good wine list too.

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vipVHAB
London
72 reviews
Dined on 29 October 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.

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SarahA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Haggles
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service as always. Many thanks

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LorraineD
1 review
Dined on 21 September 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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vippiglet
London
58 reviews
Dined on 31 August 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

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Gorky
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Top quality food for very reasonable prices with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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vipISJo
London
33 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MorganG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal with great service!!

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NeilM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jiholland111
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 June 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?

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Bing
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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kipya
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 May 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.

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Nicholas
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 May 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
vipJAC1934
London
81 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Deee
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 April 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.

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QuentinT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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Apicius
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 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?

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MrsDGibson
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 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.

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viktoriak
London
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and a great Birthday experience for my Daughters 15th

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Byngo
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 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...

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vipLTbigcity
London
25 reviews
Dined on 18 January 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).

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TerryR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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AnnetteM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good menu and realization

DB
DarrenB
Morocco
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food and service. Best curry in London

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Leanne
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 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.

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Babur is rated 4.7 stars by 486 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.