Babu Bombay Street Kitchen
A city centre basement space serving Mumbai-style street eats, curries and delicious treats.
This basement space has been specialising in authentic Indian street food, Mumbai-style, since way before street eats became the latest culinary buzzword. The menu breaks things down into cold and hot street food, and homestyle curries. There’s a rotating selection of hawker-style specials made fresh – but always a dhal, veg curry and non-veg option on offer. Expect a whole spectrum of taste and colour to come out of a tiny kitchen that clearly respects authenticity, quality of cooking and ingredients. Although there’s a focus on the humblest of vegetables like goanese-style curry with cauliflower and tamarind, there’s also meaty wonders using buttery, melting braised chicken and lamb. Trust dhals to be decidedly rich and moreish like a dark and nutty brown lentil dish with the warmth of mustard seeds and curry leaves. Beetroot patties see layer after layer of purpley, umami-rich flavour atop a mint green sauce, while a chicken kebab comes splattered with chili ketchup mayonnaise, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and caramelised onions; a dish elevated to guilt-free, delicious excellence. Wash the heat down with some traditional Indian soft-drinks or BYOB.
- High point: Easy-going atmosphere and finger-licking food
- Low point: Ramshackle set-up
- Delivery: £2
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 18-20
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2013
- BYOB: Wine £3.50 / Beer £1 per bottle, £5 for 6 bottles corkage