When Babuji opened two years ago, our verdict was simple: “near-flawless.”
A south Asian streetfood café, its bright turquoise exterior and engaging font shines irresistibly, its location opposite Kentish Town tube station perfectly placed for both visitors (remember them?) and locals alike.
If you were fortunate enough to visit before Covid, or between lockdowns, you’ll know how lovely the artfully mismatched interior is: traditional curry house this is not.
There’s wood panelling along the lower half of one wall, and glossy teal tiles on the other, under which a tan leather banquette runs. There are pendant lights, casual rattan bentwood repro chairs and patterned floor tiles – all a nod to a classic train station cafe.
Even the brushed concrete back wall is decorated with old family photos by the open kitchen.
So why the name? Quite simply, Babuji refers to owner Mo Miah’s father, who travelled through Bangladesh, India and Pakistan back in 1959 before settling in the UK.
The dishes on offer are those he encountered, from Bengali bites to traditional Pakistani homely fare. And these creations can all be found in the street stalls and cafés of Calcutta, Mumbai and Lahore – his three personal favourites.
“Our food can be described as Desi style,” says Mo. “Translated in English, it’s home-style Asian cuisine.”
Babuji is at 343 Kentish Town Road NW5. They are kindly offering 30% off the takeaway bill for all readers until April 11th: for more info on the menu and what to order, head here. Customers must either pop in, or call 0207 485 5566, to place their order and mention Kentishtowner. The offer is collection/takeaway only and not available on Deliveroo, Uber and Justeat. Post-lockdown, they will have one table outside for dining from the 12th April, with indoor dining from the 17th May. Follow @BabujiUK on social.
Main image: Dimitra Sardi
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