Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JH - View on a map
Telephone: 020 3011 5900

Gymkhana Restaurant In London
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Overall 9.0
Food 10.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 8.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

what the critics say

Telegraph

Zoe Williams - 4.5/5

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - I had kid goat methi keema. The menu makes a huge fandango about the goat, and leaves you the impression you’d be mad to miss it. Sceptical, I ordered it in its smallest possible incarnation. Crikey, it was good. It had a smoky under-taste, an aniseedy aside (that’s actually leaf fenugreek) and such a complex interleaving of flavours that I kept kidding myself I would figure it out if I had just one more bite...This is a stunning addition, not just to the posh-curry fraternity, but to the entire restaurant landscape.

TimeOut

TimeOut - 4/5

Thursday, November 07, 2013 - Sethi lays on a splendid spread of modern Indian dishes based on regional masalas and marinades. Fried South Indian chicken wings, steeped in wispy gram-flour and chilli batter, pack a fiery kick, and make a tempting opener for dinner...Goan pork vindaloo – slow-cooked chunks of suckling pig cheek, with vinegary red chilli-garlic masala, spiced with sweet cinnamon and coriander – was outstanding.

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Giles Coren in The Times said, from memory, that this was the best restaurant that he had ever been to, so I booked in January for the first table for two at eight o'clock. The wait was eight weeks, which on the night surprised me as there were a number of empty tables upstairs, and I think some downstairs as well. They may have an explanation for that, I don't.

The food is brilliant; you try things that you certainly do not associate with your normal Indian restaurant, and they are all delicious. The service was impeccable, and there was a pleasant atmosphere. £34 for a half carafe of white sauvignon surprised me, but their own lager was very drinkable, so no complaints on the quality of the drink.

We probably ordered one dish too many, but I would not have missed any that we had. Gymkhana is certainly not cheap, but represents value for money in its true meaning, with original and delicious food of exceptional quality.
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James - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fantastic food. Best I have ever had in ANY restaurant, not just Indian. Great value set menus, wont get food like that anywhere else for 3 times the price.
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Chris Dulley
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We popped in as we have heard good things about this recent opening. Sure to say the food was fantastic! As we are from that part of the world, it was refreshing to see Indian restaurant cooking in London that is beautifully spiced and balanced. The food is very, very good. Nay, excellent! A few dishes really stood out, namely the sublime Muntjac biryani with its pastry lid. Also, the jaggery caramel custard, an oozy, sticky concoction that looked odd on the Burleigh plate until we ate it. Gosh it was good! The service was attentive but unfussy, just how we like it. Highly recommended! Good luck getting a table...
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Silva
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Friday, October 18, 2013

what the bloggers say

Cheese and Biscuits

Cheese and Biscuits - 9/10

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - The Trishna sea bream dish I spoke about earlier, perfectly cooked and delicately dressed in bright green coriander and chilli, Indian fine-dining that sacrifices none of the spice or colour. And breast of guinea fowl, powerfully spiced and all crunchy and smoky from the tandoor, also essentially another faultless bit of cooking...Prices are reasonable for Mayfair and the toilets are very smart. There is really very little to fault, and you will love it, I guarantee it.

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