It should come as zero surprise to anyone when I tell you that I love Bread Meats Bread…… Like actually love them. It’s where I eat most often, there is nothing I don’t enjoy on the menu. It’s true love.
So when the team at bmb told me last summer that they were opening a Mediterranean fusion kebab shop I nearly burst with excitement. I was close to drooling all over them as they described the menu and talked me through the dishes they had found on their research trips. And sighed with pleasure as they told me about their decor ideas, which sounded like an instagramers heaven.
And when ‘Babs was unveiled to the public in June it’s safe to say I was front of the queue to get in and get me some kebabs. So why wait until now to write my review? Simple, I have been waiting to get a specific table in the restaurant so I could get good images. No I’m not joking that is genuinely true 🙂
What I will tell you tho is that I have loved Babs since my first bite way back in June, and have eaten there at least once a week since (on occasion I’ve eaten there three times in a week) and here’s is why…..
Situated on West Nile Street, ‘Babs is exactly the insta heaven I was promised. It smacks of a clearly thought out vision come to life. It’s obviously inspired by the team’s research trips to Greece and Istanbul, with pretty blue and white tiled walls, gorgeous glass lights and soothing water features bubbling away. The vibe in ‘Babs is relaxed and casual with an undertone of sexy Mediterranean mystic.
The staff on the whole are great. They’re friendly, welcoming and pretty efficient. I would say that the managers in true bmb style are always on point with chat/suggestions/knowledge. The waiting staff just don’t seem to have that same ease about them yet, but they are definitely starting to gel a wee bit more now.
Now for the main event let’s talk food – first declaration I have not tried one dish in ‘Babs that I haven’t liked. Seriously not one! Of course I have favourites but on the whole I’ve found the quality of the ingredients and cooking exceptionally good.
So first things first, ‘Babs for me is a sharing places. I’ve taken SO many people here now and it’s very much the type of place where you order a shawarma or kebab each and then you get heaps of sides and salads to share.
Last weekend it’s safe to say I got so excited to finally have the table I wanted that I over ordered quite a bit!
For my ‘main’ I went for the ‘Babs Doner, which has only just been added to the menu, but I have had it on each of my last three visits because I think it’s incredible. Lightly spiced juicy ribbons of fragrant lamb, topped with wafer thin slithers of fresh cucumber and tangy red onion, and all smothers in a creamy Harissa chilli mayo which adds just a hint of heat to the dish. This is all wrapped in a warm made in house flatbread. Even thinking about it is making my mouth water! It’s definitely a winner in my book.
We order my favourite dish on the menu – Che Babs, describes as Grass Fed beef mini koftas marinated and chargrilled Balkan style; served with roast pepper ajvar dip, house pickles and artisan bread. This is the kind of dish that makes me believe in angels. The Che Babs are like little kebabs sausage that are amazingly delicious, they are tender, seasoned to perfection and pack a really deliciously meaty punch, I seriously can’t get enough of them. The gubbins that comes with it is always good -the dips, bread, pickles etc but it is really the mini koftas that ring my bell in a big big way.
I couldn’t resist ordering the new Farro Salad which is my kind of salad – Nutty farro with sweet and chilly peppers & shallots with shaved heritage carrots, mint and whipped mascarpone with olives. I love oatty-barley dishes and as you can see from the pictures this is a big bowl of deliciously nutty grain topped with lots of crunchy pickled good stuff, which brings a lovely crispy freshness to the salad.
Last but by no means least are these super super skinny fries topped with bacon. Now I really do like these mega skinny crunchy fries which are kinda similar to chip sticks crisps. But while I do like them I prefer their regular chips a wee bit more….However MrG and my buddy Austen are both utterly obsessed with these little morsels of potato goodness so I thought I better give them a wee shout out. 🙂
Price wise I have heard a few people grumble about the price of food here but honestly I do not get it at all. I find it ridiculously cheap for the quality of meat and cooking on offer. For all of these dishes, plus MrGs Lamb Spiedini and a couple of drinks we were only £37.70 which I think is amazing value for money. Sure at £7 the doner is more expensive than one from your local kebab shop, but it’s about 100 times better and as I said the quality of the meat is top notch.
I get asked ALLLLL the time where my favourite place to eat is, and most of the time I hedge my bets and ask people to qualify the question, because it depends what mood I am in, who I am with, what I am wearing, what I ate for lunch etc. But at the moment If I get asked I immediately say Babs – I want to eat there all the time! I find the menu interesting and varied, the staff friendly, the surroundings lovely and most important of all the food is incredible. I can’t tell you how much I love this place!