It was only a matter of time before someone opened a cool kebab restaurant and Battersea’s self-styled ‘charcoal kebab kitchen’ Bababoom sure stands out from your average döner and chips on a boozy Saturday night. After spotting a gap in the market, three pals Jono, Travis and Eve packed their bags for Turkey, did their research and (Baba) boom – the joint was born last August.
When we went, it was buzzing with fun young folk chomping on flatbreads and falafel to a soundtrack of middle-eastern beats. We’ve heard that their kebabs are worth their weight in Turkish Lira (saffron and orange chicken shish with coal fire red peppers and rotisserie lamb shoulder with pomegranate onions sound particularly great) but we opted for the brunch menu.
Good Morning Veggie Kebab; grilled Mastelo cheese, za’atar tomato, chermoula aubergine, fried eggs and avocado tahini, and The Ultrarunner; two poached eggs, harissa labneh, roasted squash tabbouleh, fattoush salad and za’taar dusted flatbread, were hearty and nicely presented on casual tin plates.
‘Big flavours’ indeed, especially given the charcoal-grilled element, and if you’re in the mood for that kinda thing – you’ll like it. Make it a boozy affair to match the vibrant feel of the place with a few of their cocktails. A Bloody Good Mary, Gigantic Mimosa or Baba’s Frozen Margarita will have you steaming back down Battersea Rise.
For its timing, styling and atmosphere, Bababoom is bang on the money.
30 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EE
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