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To mark its 27th "baburthday" (geddit?), Babur has a new tasting menu. Drawing on iconic dishes from generations gone by, it features stylishly gussied up variations on such classics as prawn cocktail and coronation chicken. The main course (venison steak vindaloo) is a little harder to place in the pantheon of great British classics but is – like the other dishes – very good indeed: spicier than the rest but well balanced and pretty as a picture. And to cap it all: dhosas flambéed at the table à la crepe suzette.

The menu is £34.50 with an additional £14.95 for paired drinks – and is highly recommended. Full disclosure: as a regular diner and the first to try the new menu, your correspondent was lucky enough to have last night's meal comped – but he would have loved it anyway.

18 comments:

david said...

Fantastic place to eat out - and a tiger on the roof. What more could you want?

Croftylady said...

We went, we ate, we drank, (we paid), we waddled home, we loved it!

Andy said...

I'm yet to here a bad report about Babur. I really need to go at some point.

Mb said...

It's excellent. They do use odd things like ostrich and buffalo for some dishes, nothing wrong with that just pointless. Doesn't detract from the basic deliciousness though. Go. Now.

Robert said...

We are lucky to have the Babur. It has become a regular birthday haunt for my curry-mad family.

The tasting menu sounds tempting. Is there a birthday coming up soon?

Gill said...

We got a takeaway about a year ago after hearing all the rave reviews and found it totally average. Maybe we'd have had a better experience eating in.

Mb said...

Was it the restaurant takeaway or there seperate standalone takeaway? The later is far more standard although I'd say it was better than average.

Anonymous said...

The takeaway is a seperate operation to the restaurant which has a completely different menu.

Where the takeaway is a standard Indian takeaway menu, with all the standard curry dishes, the restaurant is modern Indian and fine dining rather than curryhouse. You won't be able to order a Chicken Tikka Masala in the restaurant, but you can from the takeaway. Similarly you won't be able to order "Steamed spice crusted shoulder of lamb, beetroot khichdi, lamb jus" from the takeaway, but you can from the restaurant.

The restaurant is well worth going to. I personally think the takeaway is also the best in the area, but can be more volatile in the quality.

Robert said...

I will vote for the Royal Tandoori in Crofton Park as the best curry takeaway in the area. A very professional outfit, and very tasty food.

Anonymous said...

My vote goes to Cinnamon but showing any allegiances to that area will probably find me branded anti-social and "coming here from away".

Anonymous said...

Had Royal Tandoori once, but immediately went back to Babur to go. There are more intricate flavours I think, but it depends on what you look for from a curry. For example, I personally don't go for hot currys, so can't compare on those.

Arabin+Out said...

I love Babur! One of my favourite curry houses in London, let alone the local area.

The takeaway is very good, but obviously the restaurant is miles better. They *also* do their a la carte restaurant menu for home delivery, but it's very expensive (i.e. same price as in the restaurant), and you have to do your own washing up, so I've never really seen the point. Unless perhaps you had someone over for dinner and wanted to impress them with your culinary skills, but needed to cheat....

But we generally use Babur takeaway now - I've often found the Royal Tandoori to be quite greasy.

NAT said...

Love Dewaniam in Stanstead Road which we've been travelling to from far away for yonks, also like Cinnamon especially their fish.

gibby said...

I will definitely be sorting a trip to Babur to join in their celebrations! I also think the standalone takeaway is average. Panas Gurkha Restaurant on the Lee High Road do great takeaways. Just placed my order for tonight!

Anonymous said...

The Goan fish curry in the Cinnamon is brill.

NAT said...

Brill! I thought it was some kind of river fish.

Yum said...

I think getting the takeaway from the restaurant is worth it, despite the price...just so much more delicious and different compared to the alternatives, and you can balance out the hassle of the washing up with the money saved by not paying restaurant prices for drinks!

Ian said...

Went Babur for my birthday and found it to be very average. Went to Atul Kotchars restauarnt in Grovesnor Square, everything very salty. Got a takeaway fron Two Sisters in Nunhead,....... bliss.

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