Tulse Hill, London
When I was offered the opportunity to review Bubbas, I was intrigued as Tulse Hill is not my usual stomping ground. As an East Londoner, venturing into South London usually requires me to plan well in advance and to ensure I have my passport with me at all times.
Chef Anthony Cumberbatch has worked in some of London’s best-known restaurants so I was interested to see how he could transform traditional home cooked cuisine into restaurant quality food.
Bubbas is located in the old station house and has been totally refurbished. The interior is modern, light and trendy. Unlike other reviewers of the restaurant, I really enjoyed the background music and the stream of 90’s R & B and soul classics complimented the ambience.
The team at Bubba’s are very welcoming, helpful and attentive. We dined as a party of 3 and in order to ensure we had variety, we ordered a starter platter to share. The food arrived with much fanfare on a stunning plate decorated with flowers. This melt in the mouth ensemble had jerk chicken, salt fish in filo pastry and fish and each bite was stunning.
This was washed down with traditional Rum Punch and an amazing cocktail called Chilli Bubba Bree – a heady combination of Spiced Rum, Honey, Lime juice, Chilli Peppers and Peychaud’s Bitters. Definitely not one for the faint hearted but a very enjoyable cocktail.
For the main course we chose curry goat, steak and a beautiful mixed fish course. Each dish was beautifully presented but most importantly, tasted fantastic. The curry arrived in a beautiful crown topped with flowers and was extremely tender. We concluded our meal with a sharing dessert planner which was a selection of three different Rum cakes served with Rum analgise. This was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful evening.
Overall, I believe Bubbas offers a reinvigorated take on traditional West Indian cuisine and if I am ever in South London again, I will be sure to make a visit.