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Zumbura is an Indian restaurant showcasing the authentic cuisine of the Purab region. The menu at Zumbura also features a wide selection of small sharing plates.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

18:00 - 22:00

TUE

18:00 - 22:00

WED

18:00 - 22:00

THU

18:00 - 22:30

FRI

18:00 - 22:30

SAT

18:00 - 22:30

SUN

18:00 - 22:00

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By C.

I spent my 70th Birthday 8th March, tonight at Zumbura with a friend. My friend and I have been to quite a few Indian type restaurants over the years but have to say that Zumbura is quite unique [in a good way]. The portions could have been larger as they were smaller than average but the quality of the food made up for this. The service was MOST excellent and I have to congratulate all the staff 100%. They helped my friend [who is disabled] to get from the entrance through the busy restaurant to our table etc, he was impressed with this and I hope he too will write a review soon. I do feel, however, that all dishes should come to the table with their own serving spoons! we did find that we had to share and use our own spoons and fork to serve ourselves! and in a big party of people this could be seen to be quite unhealthy. As a potter I loved the local `hand made pottery` made by a friend of mine in Clapham :) it adds a touch of class. I would most definately go to Zumbura again, hopefully sooner rather than later. Cliff.


By Jonny N.

We visited Zumbura during its opening week and were very impressed with the entire experience. The staff were warm and welcoming and really knowledgeable about the menu. The food is very different from anywhere I have been before - they specialise in home-style cooking from Northern India and every dish we tried (you can try loads as they are meant for sharing) was interesting and delicious. They do great cocktails all of which are unique to Zumbura (apparently the barman comes from Sketch). Buzzy, laid-back atmosphere in really cool surroundings. Really glad they chose Clapham to open as its just what we needed. Cant wait to go back


By Kara L.

Amazing dinner. Food is simply lovely and the service here is warm and friendly as well as knowledgeable about the menu. One of the best dinners I have had in a long time. Will return again!


By Mike F.

We visited Zumbura on its opening night (soft launch) and were very impressed with the entire experience. The staff were very attentive and really knowledgeable about the entire menu. The food is so different from any other Indian restaurant I have been to. If you think you know Indian food, think again. Zumbura specialise in home-style cooking from Northern India and every dish we tried was delicious - my personal favourites were the twice cooked lamb and green chicken. The great thing is the dishes are meant for sharing, so you can sample many of the different sharing plates and they are reasonably priced. They also do great cocktails all of which are unique to Zumbura - my favourite being the Molly- moo- moo. Matt the restaurant manager was on hand to make some suggestion from both the food and cocktail menus, He's so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, it’s infectious. The restaurant was very busy and had a real buzzy vibe, while still managing to feel really cool and laid back. This will definitely be my new place to eat out.


By Iain M.

Beautiful, stylish surroundings and tasty interesting food. An Indian restaurant like no other I've been too. The food managed to be both light and hearty at the same time. Great cocktails too, and the place has a real buzz about it.


By Isobel K.

Specialising in everyday north Indian cuisine, Zumbura is a funky and fun little restaurant serving fresh, healthy food at affordable prices.

The Venue
A brief stroll from Clapham Common underground station leads you into desirable and affluent Clapham Old Town – a quiet and sophisticated square, flanked with stylish boutiques, quirky pubs, posh houses and numerous coffee shops. Indian restaurant, Zumbura, is Old Town’s latest addition and vies to get noticed with pumping music and funky outdoor seating. It’s a small establishment but harmoniously designed with nicely spaced wooden tables, exposed-brick bar and wide glass doors. Interiors are fabulous, from the colourful menagerie-patterned ceiling to the bold brass lanterns that hang over the bar and you’ll feel as if you’ve just stepped into a friend’s trendy kitchen.

The Atmosphere
Zumbura’s small size and trendy interior makes this place feel cosy, lively and modern all at the same time. The chatter of a few neighbouring tables combined with eastern-inspired music creates a sensational atmosphere where you can laugh your heart out with friends, snuggle up with a loved one or even feel comfy dining alone. Grey linen napkins and distinctive tableware, including locally-made clay pots and bowls, give the table setting character and weighty etched glasses continue the eastern vibe. Staff are a bit rusty, (it’s all still a bit new), but are keen to serve and talk you through the menu; they take orders by tapping into their smart phones, doing away with old-school pen and paper.

The Food
The menu at Zumbura is tapas-style, consisting of a series of small plates designed to be shared between two or three people. Recipes are said to have been passed down through generations and typify home-cooked food in the north of India, though regions aren’t specified. The menu is short, and deliberately so, with every dish made fresh daily and cooked in limited supply – indeed by the end of an evening, staff fully expect half the menu to be unavailable.

If you fancy a nibble to get started, there’s nothing better than chaat (£2), crispbread pillows folded into creamy yoghurt and drizzled with sour tamarind sauce. A few mouthfuls transport you to India and the authentic flavours make your taste buds sing. Onion pakora fritters (£3), threaded with spinach and coriander and fried to order in light chickpea flour, are also delicious and great to share over a glass of citrusy vino.

For mains, tuck into small yet hearty bowls of lamb stew (£7.50) or chicken curry (£6.50), slow-cooked on the bone for maximum flavour; there’s a tasty pollock fish curry too (£8.50), spiced with aromatic fenugreek and warming mustard seeds. A traditional selection of flat breads (£4.50) makes a satisfying accompaniment: begin with healthy wholemeal chapatti before progressing onto fluffy poori and then finally a rich and buttery paratha, all freshly baked on the premises and hot from the oven.

Homely minced mutton and peas (£6) looks sadly unappetising and incredibly, the robust, meaty flavours of the mature lamb are overpowered by generic masala spice. Mini beef patties flecked with caraway seeds (£7.50) look delightful garnished with vibrant-pink pickled onion, but a simple dip or Indian chutney is needed to complete the dish. Chicken thighs marinated overnight in yoghurt (£7), though, are a tasty triumph; juicy strips of chicken come easily away from the bone, while the smoky char-grilled skin and mixed herb crust offer a pleasing bitter note. There’s also an exciting range of vegetarian plates as well as meat and sustainable fish, including braised okra (£4.50), commonly known as ‘ladies fingers’, or an adventurous dish of bitter gourd with lentils (£5).

Round off your meal with a pudding or assortment of Indian-inspired ice creams flavoured with pistachio, cardamom and vanilla (£3). Surprisingly, rice pudding (£3) is served chilled yet still tastes utterly delicious, infused with the wonderful aroma and spicy, sweet flavour of the delectable cardamom pod. Creamed carrot pudding (£3.50) is also unexpected; here julienne carrots are stirred into a sweetly spiced cream to make a refreshingly light dessert; a far cry from the stodgy fare you can find in other restaurants.

The Drink
Just like Zumbura’s food menu, the wine list cuts to the chase with a simple selection of 12 brilliantly chosen red and white wines, along with a single rosé. Well-written descriptions perhaps offer more than they deliver but are certainly fun to read, from the ‘white peach, almond and buttery nuances’ of ‘Vetiver’, a Spanish Rioja Blanco (£27/ bottle) to the ‘cola and dark tobacco’ nose on the ‘Trinchero’ Pinot Noir (£34/ bottle). A generous glass of spicy Chilean Merlot (£5.5) is easy to drink and feisty enough to withstand the Indian food, while the citrusy ‘false bay wild yeast’ Chenin Blanc (£6) slices through the richer, oily dishes.

There’s also a decent selection of beers and quality ‘orchard pig’ cider to be had, if that’s more up your street. Zumbura really goes to town with its signature and after-dinner cocktails, guaranteed to satisfy Clapham’s well-heeled residents. Treat yourself to a ‘fruity wallah’ (£7) shaken with Bacardi, mint, apple and lychee, or the boozy ‘totally expressive’ (£7); this combo of Stoli, Tia Maria and Frangelico, topped off with a shot of espresso is likely to have you, as the name suggests, expressing yourself without restraint! Designated drivers and non-drinkers are also looked after with a couple of tempting mocktails. Finish with a pot of steaming ‘soft brew’ (£3.90); this smouldering filter coffee, slowly brewed for a more rounded flavour, will have you chatting till dawn.

The Last Word
Zumbura offers an exciting and adventurous menu with a laid-back, welcoming feel. Food sometimes lacks the depth and range of flavours you’d expect, but this place is bound to become a local favourite or even successful chain.

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