Superbly spiced, lavish Lavantine foods served with elegant cocktails in stylish, versatile surroundings – also with express lunches.
Within the stately Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Baba offers a contemporary take on classic Levantine dining. While the décor is almost shabby in its chicness, this restaurant is somewhere to be seen: begin at the bar for a bespoke cocktail, before heading through to an intimate corner table or the scene-stealing communal centrepiece of the dining room. Waiting staff are well-informed and attentive without being intrusive. Even though relatively compact, the menu is a pick and mix of flavours, textures and price tags, so a little guidance goes a long way. Order abundantly from the snacks, side and mezze sections: smoky trout pastirma sliced thinly and paired with sharp pickled cucumber and contrasting herb labneh (a cheese made from salted strained yoghurt) is a stand-out. Throw in at least a couple of dips with accompanying flat breads in modish brown paper bags: hummus is reinvented several ways, spicy with green zhug, or cooler with beetroot and whipped feta. Perhaps even (whisper it) bypass a main or two to leave room for the desserts, showstoppers every one.
- Private dining: 26/19/23
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Funky playlist
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 26
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 25
- House wine: £20 per bottle
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