Gymkhana

4444

"OUTSTANDING"

11 reviews

42 Albemarle Street , London, W1S 4JH

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020 3011 5900

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SquareMeal Review of Gymkhana

4444

"OUTSTANDING"

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeSquaremeal London Hot 100 2018A “classy”, low-lit contemporary Indian from the multi-talented Sethi family (Trishna, Bao, Lyle’s et al), Gymkhana channels colonial clubbiness over two floors on Albemarle Street – with a dash of “French brasserie” thrown in. Food-wise, fans reckon that the “real stars are the starters”, and we have to agree after sampling the kid-goat methi keema piled into buttered buns, and soft (almost scrambled) duck egg bhurji with lobster and Malabar paratha. Happy customers also appreciate the flexibility of the service, with “efficient”, unflappable staff willing and able to accommodate last-minute changes to party sizes and orders. In these situations, add a muntjac biriyani with pomegranate and mint raita (an instant classic) to your order of paneer tikka with cashew nut and corn chaat, partridge pepper fry, a “fiery, blow your head off” wild boar vindaloo or tiger prawns with red pepper chutney, then sit back and watch the contentment set in. Thoughtfully chosen wines and specially brewed Gymkhana lager get top marks, or you could try a Quinine Sour with fresh curry leaves in the atmospheric basement bar.

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Gymkhana Location

42 Albemarle Street , London W1S 4JH

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020 3011 5900

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Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm

Gymkhana's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 9.2

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Service: 8.9

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Atmosphere: 8.6

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Value: 7.8

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 5

Bronze Reviewer
05 February 2017

The downside to being so good is that everybody else has discovered this gem. The food alone stands this restaurant is a league of its own.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
08 January 2017

Fabulous food, light but spicy, excellent service. Wine on the pricey side

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 2

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 2

Platinum Reviewer
06 August 2016

We all take a chance, every time we go to a restaurant for the first time, that it won't live up to expectations. That's something that those of us who eat out a lot have to accept . But It's actually much more disappointing when a restaurant you've visited a time or two are now delivering to a notably worse standard. We visited Gymkhana for the third time today in the last 12 months. Both the previous experiences were great , and our expectations when turning up today were commensurately high. Sadly though they've made changes, and not for the better. A year ago we enjoyed and I reviewed positively here, a set lunch that contained standout dishes such as soft shell crab , and a main of kid goat, and Dal Maharani. It was great and together with a couple of beers , a bread basket, rice and service we paid £74 for two. A year on and the food we enjoyed so much a year ago was not on the menu - any of their menus - and we had a choice between a la carte and a lunch menu of several small plate/sharing dishes at £35 a head, which we chose . Of course if the food had been better, one doesn't worry. But it wasn't. There were plenty of items, but much of it wasn't as interesting as we'd come to expect here, and it was all low cost ingredient stuff The amount of meat in the chicken tikka pilau was, frankly, mean. And I just noticed that the kid goat methi keema supposed to be served to us wasn't served and wasn't offered. We paid extra for breads. The net of all this is that today we paid £100 for a much less enjoyable meal than we had on previous visits. So 35% more money for less enjoyable food. Service today was pleasant but patchy. We had to ask three times for the bread basket we ordered at the outset to be delivered, and as I say, it looks like they missed a dish altogether. No-one offered anything to substitute for desserts we said at the outset we wouldn't be eating( because we don't enjoy Indian desserts, here or anywhere else). All told we left believing that here's a restaurant that used to offer great food and good value, but now it seems to be doing everything it can to make money. Its going to need a visible change in attitude before we're tempted back here I'm afraid.

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