Gymkhana has been on my list of restaurants to try but my motivation skyrocketed recently when my friend Claire pronounced it “best food in London now”. So, I immediately took action and booked a table (and to be safe, booked some more dinners for future dates). Reservations are hard to come by for two reasons, the food is THAT GOOD, and the restaurant is also small. We went on a Saturday night with my friend Charlie who I worked with at Morgan Stanley in Brazil ages ago and his Brazilian wife Cati. We went at 9:30pm and wouldn’t call it buzzy, it was nice ambiance and it was full but it is not a people watching Saturday night type of place. The food was amazing and service efficient and good. I would come back for the food, often, but probably on a “school night” instead.
What we ate:
Amritsari Shrimp & scallops, Dill chutney*: absolutely delicious mix of shrimps and scallops (aka queenies on the menu) with an amazing texture from being lightly fried and infused with rich red spices, a must eat.
Kid Goat Methi Keema: minced goat meat in a rich delicious sauce, with a good ratio of sauce to meat. Accompanies by cute little buns so you can create your own version of indian sloppy joes.
Kasoori Chicken Tikka, Sprouting Moong Kachumber*: this is what all chicken tikkas should be like, the meat amazingly tender and delicious!
Paneer Tikka, cashew nut, corn chat*: they re-interpreted this dish and the paneer was stuffed in the middle with spinach and served with a fresh corn salad.
Tandoori Broccoli, Green Chilli Raita: another winner, perfectly al-dente and made more complex by the tandoor preparation.
Lamb chops with pickled onion, turmeric & ginger: so tender and delicious, perfectly spiced, perfectly cooked and perfectly juicy, need I say more?
Suckling Pig Vindaloo: sounded amazing (suckling pig always is a must order in my book) but not as good as the other dishes. But the vindaloo was certainly on the “hot” side between the dishes so my husband, who grew up in Texas and loves a good kick, liked it a lot.
I have to admit that we had desserts but I can’t remember them well. Indian desserts are not my favorites (like Chinese) and these were not memorable. We had the rice pudding and an ice cream, but I will skip it on my upcoming visit late June and order more food, or cocktails, which were also very tasty – or both.
In Sum: absolutely fantastic Indian food in a lovely setting in Mayfair. A must return, but on a weekday/night instead.
*Represent MUST MUST order again dishes
42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH
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