BiBi serves up traditional Indian cuisine with a modern edge

New London restaurant BiBi offers inventive Indian dishes in an elegant Mayfair setting

Pink and dark wood interiors of BiBi Indian Restaurant in London
(Image credit: Bibi restaurants)

BiBi is a new London restaurant that is serving up traditional Indian cuisine in a contemporary European style

‘BiBi’, Urdu for ‘lady of the house’, is used as a term of endearment for grandmothers across the Indian subcontinent, and much of the restaurant’s menu and aesthetic is inspired by the comforting and flavourful Indian cooking traditions of chef Chet Sharma’s own BiBi. 

Table booths of BiBi Indian Restaurant in London

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Prior to working at some of Europe’s most prestigious restaurants (Mugaritz, Moor Hall, and L’Enclume) Sharma was an Oxford-educated physicist, and his penchant for mathematical precision is on display at BiBi.

The BiBi fare

The menu is divided into four sections – snacks, chaat, sigree, and sides – all of which are ideal for sharing. 

Chettinad Chicken Liver burgers made by BiBi Indian restaurant in London

Chettinad Chicken Liver Burgers are one of the bite-sized snacks on BiBi's menu 

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Curb your hunger with some savoury snacks, such as crispy Kurkure Sweetcorn or mini Chettinad Chicken Liver Burgers in a buttery maska bun; followed dished from the chaat menu, such as Raw Beef Pepper Fry, a dry-aged Dexter top round with a coconut ash dosa and ginger pickle, or Gondhoraj Scallop with scallop roe, chaat masala and jalapeño. 

Save room though for the real showstoppers in the sigree, or grill, section, which features mouthwatering meats like Green Chukh Masala Thigh, Four-Pepper Lobster, and a Dagad Phool Lamb Rump. 

Mixture of Indian dishes served at BiBi restaurant in London

BiBi serves up a variety of colourful dishes including Orkney Scallop Nimbu Pani and Nashpati Bhel

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The veggie options are just as tempting, with dishes like Buffalo Milk Paneer and Truffle Millet, all well paired with sides like grass-fed Ghee Daal and Rumali Roti. 

Celebrate the experience with a bright, flavourful cocktail like the Champagne Lassi, Sparkling Tea (a mixture of vodka, Napalese cherry blossom tea and fermented rose petal), or an Ice Gola (tequila, calamansi, apple marigold and chaat masala).

BiBi London Indian restaurant Calamansi Gola cocktail

BiBi’s Calamansi Gola cocktail 

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‘At BiBi we will tell the story of Indian food through a different lens,’ says Sharma. ‘Pairing impactful flavours with techniques that I have honed at some of Europe's most celebrated restaurants.

‘My style of cooking is all about marrying the richly diverse cuisines of the Indian subcontinent along with the world-class produce available to us here in the UK.’

Opens 9 September 2021

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Mary Cleary is a writer based in London and New York. Previously beauty & grooming editor at Wallpaper*, she is now a contributing editor, alongside writing for various publications on all aspects of culture.