Opening of the Year

Opening of the Year

BiBi has completely shaken up the capital’s subcontinental restaurant scene, with chef patron Chet Sharma combining just the right amount of culinary geekery with a love of traditional Indian dishes. Launched in 2020, BiBi offers a regularly-changing à la carte menu as well as daily-changing chef’s selection menu.

Part of the reason the menu changes so regularly is Sharma and his team’s commitment to top-quality produce, with an unusual level of effort going into securing ingredients from small-scale UK suppliers as well as artisan produce from India, including chocolate, coffee, semi-dried spices, pickled chillies, and heritage grains. Dishes are creative but always recognisably Indian, with the menu including the likes of Cornish native lobster tikka; Swaledale lamb belly galouti; and asparagus and morel makhmali.

Sharma has been working in restaurants since his teens but also found the time to study physics at Oxford and go on to do a masters and a PHD. Towards the end of the latter he realised he wanted a career in kitchens, and has been in hot demand as a scientifically-minded development chef ever since.

BiBi - which is backed by restaurant industry hit makers JKS Restaurants - has a more relaxed and trendier feel than most places in this corner of Mayfair, without being lifestyle-y. The combo of JKS and Chet has yielded a restaurant that has become an instant London classic.