Aamir Ahmad, Sean Galligan and David Garrett, co-founders of contemporary furniture retailer Dwell, are launching Indian restaurant Zumbura in Clapham on 6 November. The 45-cover venue will showcase the traditional cuisine of the Purab region of North India and the menu will feature a range of unusual home-style dishes.
Head chef is Raju Rawat (Benares, Cinnamon Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, Moolis) whose focus will be on delivering fresh, aromatic, healthy and light dishes. His menu will feature a wide selection of small traditional style sharing plates.
Highlights include Kullia (aromatic lamb and turnip stew), Shami Kebab (velvet soft lamb and lentil patties) and two dishes prized for their purification and nutritional benefits: Karela (bitter gourd with lentils) and Ghugni (black chickpeas with a tangy mango and onion dressing).
Zumbura is to be the first in a small collection of Indian restaurants, fulfilling a lifelong ambition for Ahmad. “I have always been really disappointed by Indian food in the UK. It's not what we eat at home,” he says.
“What most restaurants serve is a British invention which has been changed so much from the original that when friends come round and eat at my house, they are surprised by the depth and breadth of the dishes I serve. I wanted to be able to provide the kind of food I ate when I was growing up, but within a restaurant setting.”