Clapham Junction doesn’t exactly scream glamour for a girls night out – but it’s a Tuesday (Pancake Day to be precise) and the bestie is coming into town from far off lands (otherwise known as Surrey). CJ offered a handy halfway point which we knew had more than a handful of eateries.
I won’t lie, BabaBoom wasn’t our first choice. We’d earmarked somewhere else on Battersea Rise, but seeing a queue snaking out of the door we quickly changed our minds.
My friend had also heard about Bababoom as they had recently come second in the newcomer category at the British Kebab Awards. Who knew?
So yes this is a kebab restaurant but rest assured not the spinning elephant leg variety which in all my 40 years have not had the pleasure of sampling.
This is a charcoal grill kinda place – small menu, high quality/high welfare ingredients and generous portions.
The decor is cosy and relaxed. It’s not a huge place and are people perched on high and low tables throughout. The open kitchen sits in the middle so you can see the grilling action while you wait.
As a keen interior nerd I think I recognise Tom Dixon lighting which makes me very happy.
Your meat/protein can be served on a deliciously soft Persian flatbread (made by clearly a talented man called Afif) or a fattoush salad.
Not drinking, I go for a homemade lemonade and my friend sups a jealousy inducing mojito. The lemonade is really tasty and not too sweet so we order some more.
Food time and I predictably choose lamb – rotisserie cooked served with onions marinated in pomegranate molasses. My friend (not a veggie) picks the broad bean falafel and hummus which she says is fabulous.
Everything feels fresh and dare I say healthy. Flavours are zesty – packed with herbs and spices – soft breads contrasted with crunchy bright salad. Homemade dips are perfectly matched too – one herby and one smoky – both awesome.
The lamb is tender and packed full of flavour and there’s plenty of it. We both order sides – me dukkah fries and my friend smashed aubergine. If I’d have known how substantial the portions were going to be, I may have forgone the fries but I force them down. For the record they are lovely.
Service was faultless – hats off to our waiter who had his first shift that night. An incorrect bill was dealt with quickly and painlessly.
They offer a lunch and brunch menu, serve Caravan coffee and some interesting beers and ciders – so there’s plenty to go back for.
Twenty pounds each and we’ve eaten well and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
No longer will Bababoom be our second choice.