Harden's survey result
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The Sethi family’s “fabulous and exciting” venue, near The Ritz, is London’s most talked-about posh Indian nowadays. “Downstairs is an old-style speakeasy with a superb cocktail bar”, but the main action is the “gorgeous and clubby” colonial-style restaurant, where staff imbued with “impeccable, old-school manners” provide “a unique twist” on subcontinental dining, “blending regional traditions with fine-dining disciplines”. Top Menu Tip – “beautifully spiced grilled meats”.
“Exceeding all my high expectations!” – this “delightfully cosseting” nouvelle Indian, near The Ritz, has quickly become one of London’s top destinations; “immensely flavourful”, “properly exquisite” dishes (plus “top quality cocktails” and “heroic wine matches”) are served, in a “quaint and exotic”, “faux-colonial” setting.
Straight into the super-league of London’s nouvelle Indians, this “unstuffy” yearling, near The Ritz, offers a “sensationally subtle” cuisine, including some “wonderfully original game and other dishes” – it’s “worth the hassle to get a table”.
From the people who brought you Trishna, this smart new Indian restaurant, not far from the Ritz, opened shortly before this guide went to press; the media have raved, including a very rare 5* award from the doyenne of critics, Fay Maschler.
Gymkhana Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Everything was super tonight!"
"Best Indian meal I have eaten. Special mention of tasty vegetable sides and surprisingly good goat kid curry. Expensive, yes, but I didn't mind paying, the experience was that good!"
"Very flavourful, sitting somewhere between a traditional curry and a fancy restaurant, great cocktails and very relaxed vibe for a Mayfair Michelin starred venue"
"Tandoori lamb chops were wonderful!"
"This is about the forth time that that I been to Gymkhana for lunch and each time the food, service and ambience have been way above average. Well worth the visits."
"We were disappointed with our last meal. I believe that the main chef has changed and the cooing is now less precise. The lamb chops which were formerly the best in London are now overcooked and the seasoning not the same. Others had the chops and they were the same. The rest of our food was just not up to the Michelin star. I used to love the food."
"This is more or less classic cooking, with a moderate degree of refinement that, unlike at some upmarket Indians, doesn't detract from powerful punchy flavours. The tasting menu was excellent though unpleasantly large, and the exotic meats didn't really stand out from more familiar alternatives. Attentive service and a good wine list. For me the cooking didn't quite justify the prices, but overall a very good experience."
42 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4JH
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Mon - Sat noon - 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm; Sun closed
Last orders: 10.30 pm