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The green, hand-painted plaque inside declares Bamboula a ‘nuff niceness eatry’. After sampling the home-style Jamaican cooking, we couldn’t disagree. The green and yellow interior resembles a Montego beach shack; coupled with a gentle reggae soundtrack and friendly service, it sets the perfect scene for a Caribbean feast. All the Jamaican staples (curry goat, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish) are offered, along with a few Bamboula specials. We tried the house lamb and the jerk lamb: both succulent chops, marinated in a spicy sauce (though the jerk lamb was much hotter) and served with a thick gravy, rice and peas, salad and freshly made coleslaw. The side dish of plantain seemed a little overripe, and the combined flavours were a bit too sweet (particularly after a slightly overpowering rum punch). Lovers of British bread and butter pudding should try the classic West Indian version served here. It’s made with hard-dough bread, soaked in rum and served with rum and raisin ice-cream – and an excellent reminder of why, for hearty Caribbean food, Bamboula is hard to beat.
Venue name: Bamboula
Address: 12 Acre Lane
Opening hours: Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; 1-9pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Brixton tube/rail
Price: Main courses £7.50-£10.

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

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Matilda E

I definitely feel Bamboula has lost its groove in recent years.  The service has slightly improved but the quality of the food just isn't the same.  I used to SWEAR by their curry mutton! 

Michelle O

Went for a leaving do meal with close friends. Ordered food and was told in a roundabout way if we could move table by a certain time if still there because they had another booking...We awkwardly agreed. Then approached again and in a roundabout way told if we could finish our meal. Bill was brought before we even asked and then told they do not accept card. When we told the waitress/manager that we were unhappy she kept smiling and saying it is ok and no need for our grumbles. What a shambles clearly not very good at managing bookings and clearly happy to make a negative experience for a set of customers who have frequented there before to fill their tills with double bookings. Greed vs customer service you decide.


The service here is abysmal, they will serve you when or if they feel like it usually with a mumbled 'what u be avin', you will then wait 20 minutes for your drinks after several requests and your food may turn up sometime after that. Food is average at best, not as good as previous visits (has there been a change of management?) and you will maybe get a correct bill if you are lucky. Wont be back and i wouldnt go at all you are reading this. Terrible experience.


Couldn't fault it, very good food - nice atmosphere.. wish it was closer to home!


Have been enjoying this lovely unpretentious 'laid back' restaurant for years. Always has a chilled out vibe, which seems to rub off on the customers in a good way! For terrific Caribbean food this is the place - OK some dishes might be on the bone, but that's what we were given hands for - pick them up! Took two lovely housemates Jenna & Frank last night after seeing the classic Quadrophenia at the Ritzy Cinema - first intro to Carib food and loved it!


WOW!!! Went to Bamboula for the first time with three mates. Atmosphere 10/10, service 10/10, food... off the scale, Brilliant! Love the music, reminded us of being on holiday in the caribbean. We are in Brixton for a concert next week and a table for six has been booked at Bamboula , cant wait!!


Stopped in for a quick tea and cake, but was enticed by the Tropical Fruit Crumble on the menu so stayed a bit longer than planned. The food was good, as was the service.