Why would a vegetarian go to a kebab restaurant? Cos even veggies suffer from FOMO!
I had the great chance of visiting this restaurant on Monday evening. Le Bab hasn’t been open long yet its taken London by storm.. Even in dull January when we are all broke and supposed to be on diets! It was blue Monday when I went.. And this totally cheered me up!
But I can see why resolutions are broken for Le Bab- if you’re going to spoil your diet, do it properly… Do it at Le Bab!
Now that the soft launch is over- you can reserve a table here. But if you are a walk in on the weekend, expect very long queuing times! It’s totally worth the wait though- and my fave bar Cahoots is nearby so you can wait there maybe?
Kingly Court is full of good eateries.. Rum Kitchen, Pizza Pilgrims, Senor Ceviche and most recently Le Bab.
Its a small restaurant and since the staff and chefs come from Le Gavroche I was expecting something bigger- but I like the smaller feel to it. Feels more welcoming and less ‘commercialised’. The walls are patterned tiles and it has a nice Middle Eastern come French airy feel to it!
I ordered the Prix Fixe menu… There was 1 veggie option for a starter, 1 veggie main and as there was no ice cream today we had 1 choice for dessert.
I’ve moaned about this in previous conversations, but if you are only going to do 1 veggie choice- you have to make sure you do it properly.. and Le Bab have done just that!
The risotto to start with was delicious- tasted a bit like a tadka dhal… But a very very good one!
Main course was the paneer kebab. Paneer with curry mayo (which was amazing!) beetroot chutney (also amazing) pickled cabbage (which worked so well in this) and succulent soft bbq’d paneer… I am so fussy with my paneer, it has to be soft, melt in the mouth fresh paneer. Many restaurants fail this and make their paneer burnt and chewy and tough at the edges. Le Bab cooked it perfectly. The crispy onions were great too and filled up a roti type wrap.. I have to say the portion is very generous!
I love that Le Bab only offer a few dishes- but do them well. Their cocktails were not my favourite, but they were not bad either and they had a good wine selection too.
Dessert- oh my days the creme brulée was perfect. My boyfriend hates creme brulée so I was ready to eat them both… But this creme brulée actually converted him. With a beautiful top, and the most perfect texture inside. I have had to undo my trouser button, but it would be too hard to resist another if it was put in front of me right now!
The staff were attentive and lovely. Turku was friendly over email and smiley and delightful at the restaurant… but it was James the manager turned my 4* review to a 5* he made time to speak to us, even recommended his favourite vegetarian restaurant to us (Chutneys- which is now high on my list!). He was delightful and attentive! With management like James, this restaurant can only go great places!
I will definitely be back here soon! Thank you Le Bab family and wish you great success with this delightful little eatery!