Offering refined, contemporary takes on traditional Indian flavours, Chet Sharma’s meticulously thought-out debut restaurant Bibi pushes the boundaries of the much-loved cuisine.

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    42 North Audley Street, , UK, London, W1K 6ZP
    020 3780 7310
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    Widely regarded as having one of the best Indian food scenes outside of the country itself, it’s no easy task opening an Indian restaurant in London that truly stands out. Practically every region and style of Indian food you can imagine is represented in some form, yet still every now and then an innovative restaurant like Bibi comes along, taking things to a whole new level and offering a brand-new take on this age-old cuisine.

    The brainchild of chef Chet Sharma, whose scientific background is reflected in the complex and contemporary nature of the menu, Mayfair’s Bibi is all serving food in a way that people might not have seen before whilst maintaining the recognisable Indian flavours that people know and love. In the same manner, the restaurant itself blends the chicness you’d expect in Mayfair with various elements of Rajasthani architecture and a soundtrack of hip-hop and R&B to create a space that feels both comfortable and relevant.

    At the centre of Bibi lies its long open kitchen with a counter curling around its outside, allowing for interaction between the chefs and customers as they watch on. The focal point of the kitchen itself however, is without doubt the Indian grill, or sigree, on which a large proportion of the menu’s small sharing plates are cooked. British produce is given centre stage on both the set chef’s selection menu and the a la carte, which features the likes of a chaat combining raw Orkney scallop with Sharma’s take on nimbu pani (Indian lemonade), and Cornish native lobster tikka served with saffron and kewra shorba and lobster claw pao. Bibi’s dessert menu meanwhile, includes takes on traditional kulfi and shrikhand.

    A relatively short yet carefully thought through drinks list accompanies the food, with cocktails such as a triple pineapple gola spiced with chaat masala on offer, as well as a decent selection of wines from around the world.

    As Indian restaurants go, you’ll struggle to find many which have been as meticulously thought-out and cleverly designed as Bibi. Chet Sharma has proved that even in a city with as amazing an Indian food scene in London, there’s still scope to really stand out.

    Three things you should know

    ‘Bibi’ means ‘lady of the house’ in Urdu, but is used affectionately to mean grandmother in parts of India.


    The restaurant also boasts a small terrace out the front, with space for up to sixteen people to dine.


    Bibi is part of the JKS restaurant group, who also own the likes of Gymkhana and Hoppers.

    42 North Audley Street, , UK, London, W1K 6ZP
    020 3780 7310
    Restaurant reservations