Mayfair, Belgravia

Gymkhana

Gymkhana

This restaurant is from Karam Sethi, the chef behind Michelin starred Trishna and he's taking the concept of colonial gymkhana clubs as a running theme, serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill.

Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10

Critics' score: 9 Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed on September 08, 2014
"But were there a ranking list for Mr Creosote Restaurants, it would take some shifting from the No. 1 spot. You could gorge here until that wafer-thin mint detonated the explosion, and leave any fretting about the bill to your executors." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7.5 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on December 14, 2013
"With every bite of rich, light, soft, crispy, deep, shallow, high, low, spicy, bland, sweet, sour mouthful my palate was revitalised, my enthusiasm for the fray revivified." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 9 Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on November 26, 2013
"This is a stunning addition, not just to the posh-curry fraternity, but to the entire restaurant landscape." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Grace Dent Evening Standard Estimated score
Reviewed on November 01, 2013
"...we had so much of Gymkhana’s splendour on our table I’d had to commandeer an adjacent table for the pomegranate raita and coastal spiced okra. I’m already booked to visit Gymkhana again. Life is too damn short for special occasions." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Nicholas Lander FT Estimated score
Reviewed on October 25, 2013
"Sethi has created a restaurant that delivers highly labour-intensive and flavourful dishes with style and wit." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 9 Lisa Markwell Independent
Reviewed on October 20, 2013
"The Gymkhana menu is exemplary of the fine line between comforting and imaginative. The chef Karam Sethi, of the well-loved Trishna, has allowed his imagination a freer rein here." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Emma Sturgess Metro
Reviewed on October 17, 2013
"It’s impossible to know if we’ve got the best of Gymkhana; I suspect not. But if it was a club, I’d join, just for the drinks in the dark." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Jay Rayner Observer Estimated score
Reviewed on October 13, 2013
"Give thanks, then, for Gymkhana, the new Mayfair restaurant from Karam Sethi of Trishna in Marylebone, which manages to be glossy and yet still deliver food with a serious kick and intent." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8
Camilla Long Sunday Times
Reviewed on October 06, 2013
"My lamb was delicious, if a little sharp, and the raita very sweet, but on the whole the food is fruity and adventurous and the cocktails are (in some ways sadly) memorable, especially the cognac, which tastes “like a lovely barbecue”." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 10 Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 02, 2013
"Dinner one evening followed by lunch the next day has not even nearly exhausted all I want to try at Gymkhana, but based on what I did, I would urge anyone to choose the golden dosa fashioned into a tepee around long-cooked Chettinad duck served with coconut chutney and the wild Muntjac biryani served with pomegranate mint raita." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 10 Richard Vines Bloomberg
Reviewed by October 01, 2013
"Gymkhana isn’t without its faults. I’m hoping it will settle in and become clubbier. But it is fun and the food is exceptional." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Roopa Gulati Time Out
Reviewed on September 26, 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." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 9 Chris Pople Cheese & Biscuits
Reviewed on September 25, 2013
"Quite how good Gymkhana is, though, came as quite a shock even to this particular fan of his previous work - it may even turn out to be, and I don't make this kind of superlative claim lightly, one of the best Indian restaurants in London." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on September 21, 2013
"Main-course-sized lamb nalli barra meant best-end chops and lamb shank chops, marinated in turmeric, ginger and cayenne pepper, that were falling-apart tender and tasty. In a side order of spiced okra, the often-slimy ladies' fingers were chopped up small and extremely yummy." READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

Address: 42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH

Telephone number: 020 3011 5900

Cuisine: Indian

Michelin star 1 Michelin star

Nearest station: Green Park

Opening times: Monday to Saturday 12pm-2:30pm; 5:30pm-10:30pm

  • Private Hire available
  • Bar area

 

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