Babur wins Independent accolade

Babur has scooped a well-deserved 4th place in the Independent's list of the 50 Best Curry Houses in the UK.


The paper says:

It must be the leading restaurant in the UK for its specialist festivals and events, which range from Burns Night and its Nepalese haggis to fantastic regional Indian cuisine events.

For years, Babur has been a centre of curry excellence on our doorstep, showing that quality and innovation will be rewarded, even in the amorphous, concrete desert of Lewisham.

Thanks to Monkeyboy for the spot.

21 comments:

Brockley Ben said...

Now I love Babur as much as the next man, but better than Tayyabs? Perhaps the Tayyabs experience is not for everyone, involving, as it does, queueing, hustle and bustle, but the lamb chops and kebabs - not to mention the dry meat curry - are up there with the best. It's also stupidly cheap and practically local (http://londonfood.typepad.com/stuff/2010/05/brockley-gateway-to-tayyabs.html).

But big congratulations to Babur for being so high on the list. Fantastic result for them.

And I love the currytini!

Monkeyboy said...

I suspect it's not listed in order of merit, there are some big posh names further down the list. One of fifty recomended places rather than 4th.

Brockley Nick said...

Well they don't specify, so as far as I'm concerned, it's 4th ;)

John Moonbow said...

Proud to say, ex Brockley man, and one of my best friends has scooped 10th place with his fabulous Brighton curry house Chilli Pickle

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/the-50-best-curry-houses-2138567.html?action=Gallery&ino=10

Monkeyboy said...

Hey, we construct our own reality on Brockley Central. The Ministry of Truth, etc, etc....

Matt-Z said...

Well done Babur! I am desperately trying to build up reward points on their loyalty card.

Tayyabs is good, but is a victim of its own success. Their huge expansion into the neighbouring premises and vast surge in popularity over the last 5-10 years means the dining experience is not what it used to be, and as Ben says there's loads of queueing and hanging around.

Headhunter said...

Yeah I remember going to Tayyabs back in 2000-2001 and even then it was busy. It was fantastic though but haven't been back since then. Now that it's mentioned pretty much by anyone discussing curry restaurants in London it must be horrendously busy.

Babur is very good and I love that they use exotic ingredients like quail, however I went to the Sunday all you can eat a few weeks back and although the food was lovely, it wasn't very spicy. Tayyabs had a much more challenging flavour with more heat.

Matt-Z said...

It's so busy there's frequently a queue winding through the restaurant and out onto the street.

Brockley Ben said...

I've only tried the Sunday buffet once and it wasn't great. To be fair we got there late (and I think they gave us a discount because they'd run out of some stuff) but it felt a bit like a shambolic wedding buffet.

Some of the regular menu stuff hits the spicy mark a lot more reliably.

The queueing at Tayyabs is less of an issue now because the online booking system works (kinda) but it's still organised chaos at best.

Full disclosure: I'm lucky enough (it helped that I organised a dinner for 40+ for my 40th) to be mates with Wasim, the guvnor. Doesn't mean I escape the chaos completely though!

THNick said...

It's not just Tayyab's that is practically local, the Lahore Kebab House (at #1) is minutes away by ELL as well.

Anonymous said...

I wonder where the restaurants in Stratford Upon Avon came.

Brockley Jon said...

Personally, I would take Babur over Tayyabs every time for fine dining, but they're like chalk and cheese really - I wouldn't take a bunch of rowdy workmates to Babur, but at Tayyabs they'd fit right in.

Both times I've been to Tayyabs I've booked, and both times I've had to wait [outside] for about 30 mins before being seated. The food did not in any way make up for it, though I seem to remember the awesome chops.

Ed said...

Visited two years ago and thought it was overfancy; must try again!

Anonymous said...

Babur down 3 places to number 7 this week [in Tony Blackburn voice]

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/the-50-best-curry-houses-2138567.html?action=Gallery&ino=7

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