After an unfortunate fire, the high-profile London Indian restaurant, Gymkhana, had to shut its door for some refurbishment work. But just a few weeks ago (March 2020), they’ve finally opened their doors again in Mayfair after a good seven-month hiatus!
I’ve never been Gymkhana before the fire so I couldn’t exactly compare the differences of the interior. Stepping through the big emerald door, it’s like being transported into the colonial era with its grand seductive interior. The restaurant was dimly lit, with music softly playing in the background – not too loud, but just right to set the atmosphere. It almost reminds me of Bombay Bustle, another Mayfair Indian restaurant, but with a more sumptuous vibe in the air.
*Chicken, lamb and goat are halal at Gymkhana.
Here’s what we ordered:
*header photo credits to Gymkhana
Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli, Pao (£13)
The Kid Goat Methi Keema has been known as a classic and highly recommended by the staff and food critics alike.
Full of anticipation, I took my first bite and immediately understood why it’s such a winner. The keema carried an incredibly rich and umami flavour. It’s cooked to a smooth texture, perfect to spread onto the pao.
I wished the pao were bigger in size as this keema-pao combo was simply divine. The dish was gone too quick but has left us all feeling very satisfied.
Amritsari Shrimp & Queenies, Dill Raita (£13)
The Amritsari Shrimp were fried to perfection and the perfect nibble starter. Its coating was fried to a gorgeous crisp and carry a savoury palatable flavour.
Whilst they were absolutely fantastic, I was even more intrigued with the Dill Raita, which was interestingly whipped into a soft cheese-like texture!
Tandoori Masala Lamb Chops (£38)
There is a reason why these lamb chops are so popular at Gymkhana. First of all, these lamb chops were of an impressively large size. They’re absolutely humongous, incredibly thick and meaty.
Flavour-wise, they’re extremely well-marinated, with each bite bursting of flavours. It’s got a really good kick of spice in it as well. I don’t think I’ve ever had lamb chops this succulent and juicy! If you’re visiting – you MUST order this because it’s the most divine lamb chops I’ve ever had.
Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns, Red Pepper Chutney (£22)
Apparently, this was one of the new additions to the menu for their reopening. The staff was highly recommending it and claimed to be his favourite dish on the menu!
The prawns come in a huge size and were cooked to a perfect al dente texture. They’re meatier to taste than they looked as well. I really enjoyed the piquant flavours on the prawns. Whilst the flavours of the prawns were fairly stunning on its own, the red pepper chutney on the side adds a great compliment on top as well.
Masala Chai (£4.50) & Pistachio Mango Lassi (£5.50)
Starting with the Masala Chai, it’s foamy on top and got a good punch of spices. However, the texture wasn’t as rich and velvety to my personal liking.
As for the Mango Lassi, it’s quite a winner. It uses Alphonso Mango, i.e. the King of Mangoes, which carries a naturally rich and sweet flavour. There are quite a few mango lassi variations to choose from on the drinks menu. We went for a simple Mango and Pistachio combo. The subtle fragrance and flavours of the pistachio blend flawlessly with the mango and yoghurt. It’s surely one satisfactory mango lassi to have!
Saffron & Pistachio Kulfi Falooda (£8) and Petit Fours (complimentary)
For desserts, we went for the Kulfi Falooda.
It’s nicely served in a glass, with the ingredients well-layered, topped with a scoop of Saffron Kulfi dusted with Pistachio. Upon serving, our waiter elegantly pour in the condensed milk before we dug in. The falooda wasn’t too sweet, with a nice silky velvety texture to taste. Whilst not as outstanding comparatively to the main dishes we just had, it does serve as a nice finishing touch the meal.
Last but not least, we got some complimentary Petit Fours to finish off the evening as well.
…I’m more than delighted to confirm that one of London’s hottest restaurants definitely lives up the hype! It’s definitely on the pricier end but I must say those lamb chops were totally worth the value. If you’re looking to splurge out a bit for a dinner date, Gymkhana would definitely be on my recommendation list.
Chicken, lamb and goat are halal
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