If you are looking for Indian food in South London, the norm would be to flock to Tooting for its myriad of varied and inexpensive curry houses. However, for something different, Zumbura is tucked in a corner of picturesque Clapham Old Town. The restaurant serves authentic homemade food from the Purab region of North East India, however, don’t expect to see a tikka masala or korma on the menu – it’s all about having a little bit of everything!
Launched in 2013 by the founder of high street furniture retailer Dwell, the restaurant is the brainchild of Aamir Ahmad and his business partner Sean Galligan. Serving family recipes that have been handed down through generations, Zumbura states that the food is ‘light, healthy and full of flavour’ – and this certainly a fair representation of what was eaten!
Serving both a day and evening menu as well as a wide variety of cocktails, there was almost too much to choose from. Luckily, the food comes in small plates in an almost tapas-like format, so you quite possibly have one of everything. We recommend the Pakora, which is priced at a humble £3.50. Afterwards, the Machli ka Salan is a great choice; it is a Pollock fish curry with mustard seeds and fenugreek. The more adventurous diner should try the Parval – a braised pointed gourd with crunchy seeds. Any of the dishes can be complemented with a selection of breads, rice and other sides.
The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated, with ornate details in every corner. Plush banquettes and design-inspired chairs ensure everyone is sitting comfortably and the intricate bird and flower detail on the ceiling is certainly a talking point. The centrepiece of the space is the bar, which is carved as a single slice out of the middle of a tree.
If you would like to sample some of the delicacies listed above, or just pop in for a drink, you can find Zumbura online here where you can book a table or make an enquiry.