7 June 2019: after a major fire yesterday, Gymkhana is closed until further notice.
Harden's survey result
“For high-end Indian cuisine, it’s still streets ahead” – the Sethi family’s epic Mayfair venture, near The Ritz, remains the survey’s most-mentioned Indian, marrying “sophisticated interior design” (on an “old-style, colonial” theme), with “superbly original”, “well-spiced and complex” cooking that’s “so much more interesting than the huge majority of its peers”. Service is “charming”, but can on occasion be “erratic” too.
“Absolutely the bee’s knees” – the Sethi family’s “classy” Mayfair five-year-old near the Ritz remains London’s best-known nouvelle Indian by dint of mixing “terrifically-spiced” cuisine (“whose refinement doesn’t detract from powerful punchy flavours”) and “heroic wine pairings”, with a good pinch of “old-colonial glamour” (“very in keeping with the India I grew up in”). There’s also a superb cocktail bar in the basement. Top Tip – “goat brains are a must try!”
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.
Gymkhana Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Chops are the best I've had, good atmosphere perhaps a little cramped."
"Good value set lunch, especially for this location. A la carte would have been a very different story."
"NYS tasting menu: chutneys) Kachori (delicious); langoustine dosa; lamb chop (excellent): muntjac biryani; falooda (not to my liking). Very expensive."
"Splendid. Subtly spiced food and some delightfully original dishes. It engages all the senses."
"My favourite Indian restaurant in London. Can’t comment on any main course other than the Pork Cheek Vindaloo because I always order it. Bar counter available downstairs which is ideal for single diners."
"This continues to live up to the high standards it set as a “newcomer”"
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
42 Albemarle St, London, W1S 4JH
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|