Jazz & Blues


Zumbura

London-South West London

1 / 5

May 11, 2018

This contemporary Indian restaurant is a smart new addition to Clapham's Old Town. The room is on the narrow side but attractively decorated with the bare-brickwork enlivened by splashes of copper and colour. A bar runs along one wall with plenty of count

This contemporary Indian restaurant is a smart new addition to Clapham’s Old Town. The room is on the narrow side but attractively decorated with the bare-brickwork enlivened by splashes of copper and colour. A bar runs along one wall with plenty of counter seating and an array of fresh fruits and herbs on display. The cocktail list is short but includes some interesting spiced takes on classic drinks. The Molly Moo Moo was a sweet, fruity mix of raspberry and vanilla vodka with Limoncello, fresh raspberries, apple and passion fruit juice, the Fruity Wallah was a twist on the mojito, blending rum, mint, lime, apple and lychee juice with a dash of chaat masala, and the Cucumori chilli is a refreshing zingy mix of gin, St Germaine, cucumber, chilli and coriander. While the spicing could definitely have been bolder they were well balanced. Our favourite was the Indian Negroni, a smooth, rounded and potent mix of bourbon Aperol, Antica Formula, Cointreau and Peychaud Bitters served in a dinky little glass teacup. The food was light and fresh too, not at all heavy, though again the spicing erred on the side of the subtle. Vegetable dishes were particularly creative: braised gourd, okra, dahl, a rich egg curry, and crisp and lightly fried spinach and onion pakoras. Chutneys and breads were a cut above and service is friendly and attentive too, though the music (and we know this makes us sound fusty) was a little too loud for comfortable conversation.

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