Babur Restaurant, Brockley Rise

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29 comments:

Kate said...

YUMMYUMYUM!

(And they sent me a gift voucher on my birthday, how cool is that?!)

Monkeyboy said...

...by the way it's worth noting that if you phone for a takeaway it'll be from their takeaway branch not the restaurant.

The takeaway does all the usual stuff, albeit better quality than most. The restaurant is on a different level - and much better.

I think you can get takeaways from the restaurant but you have to pick up yourself?

Monkeyboy said...

The takeaway knows me by my first name - I think I put their kids through college with the amount I've spent.

brockley mutha said...

fab place. consistently good. in fact think I'll get hubby to stop by there on his way home.

agree with MB - the takeaway is good, but restaurant much much better. It's certainly worth trying the restaurant if you've not already done so.

Pete said...

By far and away the best restaurant in the area. Everyone who I have taken there has been blown away by how good it is.

Anonymous said...

The takeaway dropped in quality about 10 years ago and nowadays I find the Royal Tandoori much better. The takeaway from the restaurant is excellent, and yes, you do have to pick it up.
Moira

Anonymous said...

Amazingly stunningly wickedly yum!

veggiegirl said...

The takeaway's closed on Tuesdays, so if you order food then it comes from the main restaurant ;-) - at least, that used to be the case.

Can't review the restaurant itself as I've only ever ordered takeaway.

Hugh said...

We order in from Babur. £25 for two where Bombay Bike Club would cost £35. Very similar quality and quantites. One of the genuinely good things about the lost wastes of SE London.

spincat said...

It has always been superb.

If you haven't tried their Sunday lunch buffets then do go, it is excellent value and they now goes on til 4pm.

The do a lot of regional cooking months - for example, they will highlight the food of Goa or another region.

You get vouchers, birthday presents and special offers through the mail so do fill out the card when you leave - it is worth it.

The giant tiger over the door is the only slightly kitsch thing about the decor. It had a huge redesign when it was closed for about a year some years back - it is very beautiful now but less cosy.
The food is better than ever though.

Hugh said...

Will drag the lady down there for a dindins. Only, we try to avoid SE London.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone comment how the standard of the Indian takeaway compares with the Cinnamon, reputedly the best Indian takeaway in the area. Challenged, though it is, by its location on Lewisham way, by the war memorial, where all the drug dealers ply their trade.

They are far apart, but quality takeaways in the area are few and far between.

Anonymous said...

I am inspired by the good accounts of the Babur restaurant, I always thought it looked a bit too cheesy. Sounds worth a try.

Monkeyboy said...

Beats Cinnamon by a mile. And I hope they keep the big plastic tiger, don't want to be gentrified into submission.

ElijahBailey said...

Is that what you get in an East Dulwich knocking shop?

Anonymous said...

Very good quality.

Anonymous said...

Babur is nice, first couple of times, but the small menu is exhausted after a few visits, how many 'beggars purses' can one eat?

spincat said...

They may have changed since their redesign (I've been less simply cos I've been broker than in times gone by when used to go every few weeks or so) but they used regularly to change their menu and had special menus celebrating regional cooking. In fact, the thing I remember about them was how much their menus changed compared to other places I knew. I thought that was stil happening but maybe less so?

Anonymous said...

They regularly miss things on delivery. Naan breads, popadoms etc. Guy on the phone always offers to knock it off the next order which smacks of arrogance! No - I'd rather have all that I ordered at once. Bombay Bicycle is more expensive but much much nicer and well worth the extra tenner.

Brockley Jon said...

I tried the takeaway at the weekend just so I could have an opinion here!

The food was good, but the portions a bit meager. At £24 for one starter, two mains, a side dish and pilau rice, I'd call it an expensive takeaway! Even at that price it still arrived with no free popadums or dips :( Cinnamon will still be getting my takeaway business.

As for the restaurant itself, now that's different!! :-P...

spincat said...

I would definitely always get your takeaways from the restaurant. It is a different standard of food.

Anonymous said...

Went the other day, have to let you lot know, we paid £70 for two starters, two mains, nan bread and a bottle of wine.

My crab cake starters were like brown, drab, tasteless balls of cardboard with a bit of wall paper paste thrown in. We had a biriani and king prawn something for main course, no vegetable curry with the biriani whose only discernable taste was oil and age. The prawns were dry as a flip flop, no sauce on any of the main meals which made for a really dry and sadly dissapointing meal. Service was good and the restaurant itself is attractive and buzzy but won't be going back, at around £14 a main course it's too pricey for the quality served up.

Headhunter said...

Had a bizarre experience with Cinammon and Babur. We just about never order take aways, but a couple of months we decided to order from Babur take away, having been to the restaurant previously. After ordering, I was at the front of the flat looking out of the window when I saw a car pull up and a guy with a white bag full of take away pots get out so I went to the door, paid him and took the food. The bill was a little higher than I expected, but I thought I must have had an older menu or something.

We opened the pots and the order was completely different. I phoned Babur and they said there must have been a delivery mistake and we could keep the incorrect order and they would send roun the right food immediately.

However soon after they phoned back saying that my food hadn't even been delivered yet and they had no idea who had sent us the other take away. We were completely confused and I moaned at Babur saying it must be their mistake, and in the end they gave us 10% off the order.

In the end we realised that our upstairs neighbours who also just about never order take aways had ordered one from Cinammon at exactly the same time, and in my eagerness to get some food in me, I hadn't waited for the 1st guy to ring the doorbell and had assumed that he was from Babur and that the food was for me.

Anyway we ended up with a huge pile of Indian take away from both Cinammon and Babur. Good on Babur for giving me 10% off even though the mistake was mine! Having all that food from both places made comparison easy, and I thought both were good to be honest, but then I was very hungry at the time.

Anyway, that was a pretty boring story, I guess you had to be there, but the moral is, always check who is delivering your take away....

Brockley Jon said...

I wonder what happened with your neighbour and Cinammon? Did they get 10% off? - a good test of their service.

So, HH, which takeaway did you consider better? As I've said, I love Babur's restaurant, but still rate Cinammon's takeaway higher. Both are quality though.

Headhunter said...

We actually realised what had happened and went upstairs to ask if the people there had ordered a take away and found out that they had. They had just phoned Cinammon to complain that their food hadn't arrived and as we were talking the Cinammon guy turned up again with another order for them. He seemed pretty grumpy considering they had just made 2 sales instead of 1! And no, Cinammon didn't give a 10% discount.

Food-wise I think I preferred Babur, but they delivered what I had actually ordered of course whereas Cinammon delivered food that I didn't esp like - some kind of fish curry and 1 of those sweet, yellow, tikka things that I would normally never touch. We managed to eat it all anyway though!

mb said...

The Babur Takeaway is not from the restaurant by the way....

Headhunter said...

Yeah but it's surely run by the same people? I know the menu is different.

Anonymous said...

Sunday lunch buffet at Babur is great. Book, as it's very popular. Menu changes weekely - some weeks better than others, but good value for money and tasty, fresh, spicy Indian food, not swimming in oil and reheated. Delicious.

Brockley and New Cross Bags said...

Went here last night. Food, atmosphere and decor is great, they've obviously put alot of effort into making the place a bit more of a "fine dining" experience than your typical curry house.

They are running a great competition at the moment where you can nominate someone for a free dinner for two if you come up with a good enough reason why they deserve it. Think it runs until the end of the year and there are 12 prizes.

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