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On a backstreet behind Spitalfields Market, this cosy no-bookings Indian many be small and unassuming, but the menu is certainly explosive. “Great food, lovely atmosphere, fantastic service”, exclaims one fan – and we share his enthusiasm for Gunpowder’s spicy offer. Set against an unfussy backdrop of exposed brickwork and steel chairs, the concise menu is rich in rustic Indian sharing dishes inspired by family recipes. Readers have singled out the venison and vermicelli ‘doughnut’, the aloo chat and the “sticky and sweet” Nagaland pork ribs with crunchy tamarind kachumber, but we’re fans of the ‘chutney cheese sandwich’ and the organic baby chicken char-grilled in tandoori spices. The short dessert list also offers something for everyone: molten spice chocolate cake, comforting ‘old monk’ rum pudding or refreshing passion fruit and mint granita. Wine straddle the globe, but don’t ignore the Asian-inspired cocktails, made with ingredients such as masala Coca-Cola. “Reasonable prices” seal the deal.
The house specialty was broccoli, which was a shame. It’s always held a special spot in my personal rogue’s gallery of vegetables, worse than mushy peas but not quite as vile as beetroot. Ordinarily I’d have politely declined, but it’s hard to refuse when the waiter endorses it with such misty-eyed enthusiasm. It’s my own fault for asking for recommendations, I suppose.That said, 20 minutes later I was experiencing my first ever Broccoli Epiphany, because whatever the guys at Gunpowder do to the stuff is nothing short of witchcraft. They’d gone full-on Princess Diaries on its ass, and refused to tell me exactly...
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A new type of curry night, where no curry was eaten.Say what?Gunpowder has not been on the scene for too long and when my foodie friend suggested we go, on a hop, skip and jump we went. The restaurant classes itself as a home style Indian Restaurant and with dishes mentioning "maa&s" and "auntie" it makes you feel like you are getting authentic treats. The dishes originate in Calcutta and with the friendly staff and relaxed vibe (a small unassuming venue), you feel chilled and this makes the food stand out.
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