Gymkhana restaurant reviews
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Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 3011 5900

Mayfair restaurant inspired by the colonial Indian gymkhana clubs. The menu consists mainly of contemporary Indian sharing dishes using British ingredients. The creative drinks menu spans the range from G&Ts and absinthe to exotic Indian punches served in sealed medicine bottles.

This restaurant has 1 Michelin Star

Latest reviews of Gymkhana

matthew_norman

Matthew Norman, The Telegraph

8 September 2014

Salmon tikka had been baked in the tandoor to the precisely correct nanosecond so that the skin was fantastically crisp while the fish retained an almost gooey texture within…

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Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

30 June 2014

I had lamb nalli barra with pickled onion, turmeric and ginger (£25). It just means    “best-end chops”. I finished the dish convinced it meant something poetic,   like “lamb of the ancient goddess”. (…) This is a stunning addition, not just to the posh-curry fraternity, but to the   entire restaurant landscape…

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Giles Coren, The Times

14 December 2013

It was the food. Which is the tastiest I think I have ever had. Yes, “tastiest”. I have now eaten more than 25 of the 34 savoury dishes (including sides) on offer and every single one was utterly, utterly out of this world….

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Grace Dent, Evening Standard

1 November 2013

South Indian fried chicken wings and a dish of warm, fresh venison-filled naan with cucumber raita. The large, meaty chargrilled lasooni wild tiger prawns with red pepper chutney are incredible, but arrive as a portion of three, so be prepared with some passive-aggressive manoeuvres to win the extra one…

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What the Critics say

matthew_norman

Matthew Norman, The Telegraph

8 September 2014

Salmon tikka had been baked in the tandoor to the precisely correct nanosecond so that the skin was fantastically crisp while the fish retained an almost gooey texture within…

Read full review »
zoe_williams

Zoe Williams, The Telegraph

30 June 2014

I had lamb nalli barra with pickled onion, turmeric and ginger (£25). It just means    “best-end chops”. I finished the dish convinced it meant something poetic,   like “lamb of the ancient goddess”. (…) This is a stunning addition, not just to the posh-curry fraternity, but to the   entire restaurant landscape…

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giles_coren

Giles Coren, The Times

14 December 2013

It was the food. Which is the tastiest I think I have ever had. Yes, “tastiest”. I have now eaten more than 25 of the 34 savoury dishes (including sides) on offer and every single one was utterly, utterly out of this world….

Read full review »
Grace_Dent

Grace Dent, Evening Standard

1 November 2013

South Indian fried chicken wings and a dish of warm, fresh venison-filled naan with cucumber raita. The large, meaty chargrilled lasooni wild tiger prawns with red pepper chutney are incredible, but arrive as a portion of three, so be prepared with some passive-aggressive manoeuvres to win the extra one…

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Fay Maschler, Evening Standard

31 October 2013

I would urge anyone to choose the golden dosa fashioned into a tepee around long-cooked Chettinad duck served with coconut chutney and the wild Muntjac biryani served with pomegranate mint raita. This last (…) was the best biryani I have had outside Hyderabad…

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Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

25 October 2013

Sethi has created a restaurant that delivers highly labour-intensive and flavourful dishes with style and wit…

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Lisa Markwell, The Independent

20 October 2013

The Gymkhana menu is exemplary of the fine line between comforting and imaginative. The chef Karam Sethi, of the well-loved Trishna, has allowed his imagination a freer rein here…

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Emma Sturgess, Metro

17 October 2013

What with not being an elite gentleman of the Raj, I have never been to a Colonial Indian sports and social club. But Gymkhana is how I’d imagine they were: woody, dark and amply staffed…

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Jay Rayner, The Observer

13 October 2013

The star dish comes early amid the starters: a rust-coloured, powerfully spiced curry of sweet minced goat flavoured with nutty fenugreek. For £3 extra they will make it with pearls of brain and I’m not sure I could ever be friends with anyone who declined the option…

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Camilla Long

Camilla Long, The Sunday Times

6 October 2013

There’s small bits and medium bits and large bits, including a muntjac deer biryani and a tandoori guinea fowl and a sucking pig cheek vindaloo, which is perfect if you want to feel like the Earl of Grantham in a sari…

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Richard Vines, Bloomberg

1 October 2013

Head onto the a la carte menu and there are some exceptional and inexpensive dishes such as the partridge pepper fry, in which red leg partridge is battered with rice flour, mustard seeds, curry leaf and black pepper and fried…

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Roopa Gulati

Roopa Gulati, Time Out

26 September 2013

Game lovers are well looked after with a separate menu dedicated to the likes of muntjac biriani, fried peppered partridge, and roe deer cooked with pickling spices. Tandoori-seared guinea fowl breast boasted a mellow mustardy smokiness enhanced by toasted sesame seeds…

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John Walsh, The Independent

21 September 2013

Chicken butter masala had a brilliantly smoked quality – the result, apparently, of charcoaling tomatoes in the tandoor before putting them in the sauce; it swarmed over the super-tender chicken like a yellow tsunami over a sea wall…

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What the Bloggers say

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Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash

30 September 2013

Beautiful crockery, a designer setting and elegant waitstaff provide a certain aesthete but, ultimately, the star is the food; the dishes that I tasted stand up to any taste test, whether western or Indian…

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Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

25 August 2013

There is really very little to fault, and you will love it, I guarantee…

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