Gunpowder 22

11 White's Row , London, E1 7NF

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SquareMeal Review of Gunpowder

SquareMeal London Hot 100 2018On 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.

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Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Alex L. 09 April 2016

Hidden away on a back street behind Spitalfields Market, Gunpowder is a cosy restaurant serving cracking Indian small plates. Although small, Gunpowder squeezes in as many people as possible - sharing tables is to be expected. On our visit, the staff were attentive and more than willing to walk us through the menu, which consists of small plates (2-3 per person for sharing), as well as several larger dishes. Highlights included the pork ribs (spicy, sticky and sweet), venison doughnut (spicy crumbly venison mince in a crispy vermicelli coating) and the aloo chaat (crispy potatoes and chickpeas in a well spiced, yoghurty sauce). The food is reasonably priced - around £60 for two people, including 2 cans of FourPure IPA each. I'll definitely be back!