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18 April 2014
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Gymkhana two stars

020 7768 6566

42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH

£55.00 Indian Hanover Square, Savile Row

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  • Wine: £25.00
  • Champagne: £60.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm

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With Michelin-starred Trishna already wowing the crowds in Marylebone, Karam and Jyotin Sethi have launched Gymkhana – an opulent, low-lit destination inspired by colonial India’s Days of the Raj sports clubs. Ceiling fans, wood panelling, rattan-trimmed booths, Punch cartoons and spiffing photos of polo teams may suggest a novelty themed eatery, but this is no one-trick pony: attractive young staff in smartly tailored Nehru jackets look the part, while a snifter in Gymkhana’s bar promises Raj punches among other eastern-influenced tipples. The menu spans nashta snacks, kebabs and tikkas, game, curries, biryanis and more besides, with highlights including potato chaat with chickpeas, tamarind and sev, vibrant tiger prawn kebabs with red pepper chutney, sophisticated partridge pepper fry and soothing, buttery crab curry. It’s all very pukka, but decidedly old school, generous and effortlessly enjoyable.

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  1. Gymkhana

    42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
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    Gourmand Gunno

    Taking curry to another level

      Gold Reviewer  (85)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 8

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  2. Gymkhana

    42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
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    Chris H.

    Posh Indian

        (18)

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 6

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  3. Gymkhana

    42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
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    Monikasays

    Game for an Indian?

        (33)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 7

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  4. Gymkhana

    42 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JH
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    Grumbling Gourmet

    Gymkhana - It's curry Gym, but not as we know it

      Gold Reviewer  (87)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 7

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  1. As soon as we entered the restaurant and were seated upstairs, the restaurant felt relaxed, elegant and was modernly presented. Gymkhana has a variety of different tasting menus, such as the game menu, vegetarian menu and an early dining menu as well as offering a more traditional à La Carte menu. Since our table was booked slightly earlier, we opted for the early dining menu which is only offered between 5.30pm – 6.00pm every evening. The menu is extremely good value with 4 courses offered for £25 per person, with the option of adding a wine pairing for £45. We opted for the former and since there were two options per course, we opted to try every item offered. We couldn’t help ourselves...
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  2. Published : Tuesday, 21st January 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Gymkhana, Mayfair

    I’d heard many a good thing about Mayfair based Gymkhana, an Indian restaurant by the people behind Michelin starred Trishna. We’d had a cracking meal at their sister restaurant so I had high hopes for our lunch – and we left far from disappointed. The ground floor dining room had a touch of colonial India about it with 1920′s music playing in the background. There was dark wood, green leather banquettes and hanging on the wall was a stuffed warthog. It felt like I’d stopped off for lunch in a hunter’s cabin whilst on safari in India – it was a beautiful space. A darker, more intimate dining room lay in the basement along with two cavernous rooms available for private hire...
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  3. Published : Saturday, 14th December 2013

    The Cutlery Chronicles :: gymkhana, mayfair - review

    There has already been much said about Gymkhana, the Indian restaurant in Mayfair decked out to transport guests to the high-society social sports clubs (gymkhanas) of British Raj India. Most of it, if not perhaps all, consist of glowing testimonials: Jay Rayner advises getting ‘armpit deep in a menu which is not afraid to make a mark’; Grace Dent hails it as ‘one of the greatest restaurant openings London has seen in 2013’; and Fay Maschler gave it a rare 5 stars, describing the Muntjac biriyani as the best she’s had outside Hyderabad...
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  4. Published : Wednesday, 11th December 2013

    Her Favourite Food :: Gymkhana

    Freshly launched in the heart of Mayfair, Gymkhana created quite a stir with its opening. Gymkhana is Trishna owner Karam Sethi’s bigger and bolder venture. Evoking gymkhana clubs from the India’s colonial past the atmosphere in the dimly lit dining space is powered by authentic nostalgic additions from the era. Entering through what looks like a large wooden household front door diners will be transported in to an Anglo Indian sports club from the days of the British Raj. This is achieved through dark oak wooden panelling across the restaurant’s walls, sephia photos of maharajas, hunting trophies and wall lamps cut from glass straight from Jaipur...
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  5. Published : Wednesday, 4th December 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Gymkhana

    Gymkhana refers to the social clubs popular with the high society of British Colonial India. Having never been to the Indian subcontinent, I won’t attempt to vouch for the authenticity of the menu or the stylised interior of the Gymkhana in Mayfair. I don’t give much of a toss whether or not the hogs head hanging on a wall actually came from the Maharajah of Jodhpur, or if the cut glass goblets are from the Maharani of Baroda. Rather than waxing lyrical about the exact ingredient that makes the kid goat keema so silken (ok, it’s the sautéed brain), here is what really matters...
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  6. Published : Sunday, 10th November 2013

    The Food Judge :: Gymkhana. For the Maharajas of Mayfair.

    Gymkhana. I can’t help but think of those Thelwell cartoons. Little fat girls on even fatter ponies. Events that happen in the Home Counties. Rosettes. That sort of thing. I don’t automatically think sophisticated curry-house in Mayfair. My mistake. “Gymkhana” is, I now know, an Anglo-Indian expression, derived from the Persian and Urdu word “Jamat-khana”. Most Indian gymkhanas (places for riding horses) have a “Gymkhana Club” associated with them, a term coined during British Raj, for a gentlemen’s club.’ These clubs appear to have been rather exclusively British, at least until Independence...
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  7. Gymkhana. I can’t help but think of those Thelwell cartoons. Little fat girls on even fatter ponies. Events that happen in the Home Counties. Rosettes. That sort of thing. I don’t automatically think sophisticated curry-house in Mayfair. My mistake. “Gymkhana” is, I now know, an Anglo-Indian expression, derived from the Persian and Urdu word “Jamat-khana”. Most Indian gymkhanas (places for riding horses) have a “Gymkhana Club” associated with them, a term coined during British Raj, for a gentlemen’s club.’ These clubs appear to have been rather exclusively British, at least until Independence...
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  8. Speaking of which, here’s my latest outing, a curry night with the hubby at the much hyped and talked about Gymkhana. A restaurant that pays homage to the good old days of the British Raj, particularly the trend of the Gymkhana – ye olde gentlemans club. Now you know my feelings about hyped up restaurants. They tend to make me more nervous than those that are hardly reported because they have a greater tendency to disappoint. However I just couldn’t resist this time because the man behind this latest venture is Karam Sethi, whose successful endeavours include the London branch of Mumbai seafood favourite, Trishna and Charlotte Street’s gourmet hotdog and champagne joint, Bubbledogs. So disappointment at Gymkhana shouldn’t be on the menu...
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  9. Brass edged tables, rattan chairs and walls adorned with prints and medals of sporting champions from the popular gymkhana clubs that once made up colonial Indian society. It reflects the once lavish lifestyles of the British raj - walking in to Gymkhana was like taking a step back in time. It was light and airy upstairs, but dark - to the point almost becoming seedy downstairs. Its the trend at the moment you see, to not be able to see your food - or the person opposite (which could be a godsend), depending how you see it. The brains behind this new restaurant is Karam Sethi who also owns Michelin Starred restaurant, Trishna...
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