Gymkhana
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Gold Award

“An incredible dining experience”; “unmissable”; “the finest Indian food I’ve ever eaten” …  readers regularly reach for the superlatives when talking about Gymkhana, and we’re also huge fans of this “hip” contemporary restaurant from the multi-talented Sethi family (Trishna, Bao, Lyle’s et al).

As a Michelin-starred Mayfair thriller, the venue channels colonial clubbiness over two floors on Albemarle Street, and readers love the fact that you can eat food of the highest quality in the atmospheric basement bar as well as the beautifully designed brasserie-style dining room.   

The kitchen happily accommodates all palates and preferences, whether your taste is for a gently spiced wild mushroom, asparagus, morel and truffle pilau or a fearsomely fiery pork cheek vindaloo.

Some of the best things are the nashta appetisers, from chettinad duck dosas to beetroot chop pao buns with sesame and peanut chutney, but you shouldn’t ignore Gymkhana’s celebrated game dishes – perhaps partridge pepper fry with Malabar paratha or wild muntjac biryani accompanied by a pomegranate and mint raita.

If you’re content to have a bar snack, the choice runs from venison keema naans to Amritsari shrimp and queenie scallops with dill raita, while creative desserts (‘meetha’) are often whizzed-up contemporary twists on the Indian classics – think rasmalai with pineapple chutney or black carrot halwa with white chocolate and rose-petal ice cream. 

Happy customers are treated to “great customer service”, while thoughtfully chosen wines and specially brewed Gymkhana lager get top marks from imbibers. There’s also praise for the east-west cocktails (anyone for a Quinine Sour infused with curry leaves?), while those in the know also single out the “inspired” saké pairings with some dishes. “Outstanding flavours, well worth the money!” declares one fan – and we concur.

About Gymkhana

Mayfair restaurant Gymkhana originally opened its doors in 2013 and is often considered the jewel in the crown of JKS Restaurants’ impressive portfolio (which counts Bao, Trishna, and Brigadiers among its collection).

Just one year after opening, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it retains to this day. In the summer of 2019, Gymkhana was struck by disaster when a fire in the restaurant forced the Mayfair hotspot to close down – luckily, no one was injured in the blaze. Gymkhana underwent a significant refurbishment and reopened in February 2019.

Restaurant guests can expect to find a new-look dining room which is the creation of designer Samuel Hosker (the first in-house interior project from the JKS Restaurants team). Gymkhana’s dining room is now kitted out in tones of jade green and polished dark timber, matched with metallic accents and colourful printed fabrics. It’s not all change though, as Gymkhana’s intimate booth seating which offers privacy (and is part of the reason the restaurant is such a celeb-magnet) is still intact, while original features such as hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur and cut-glass wall lamps from Jaipur are still on show.

Gymkhana’s basement bar also boasts a new look, sporting a colour palette of peach and chilli red, while the bar itself offers a jewel-box shaped counter area with rattan shelving and leather-clad scalloped fascia.

When it comes to the menu, you can still expect to find all of the usual Gymkhana staples, although there are a few new additions to tempt diners. Dishes from the reinvigorated menu include the likes of Keralan toddy shaapu wild tiger prawns, vegetable cutlet served with masala ketchup and game bird Baida roti served with girolle achaar. The drinks list has had a refresh too, with cocktails such as the Peach Blow Fizz: a blend of green mango and citrus flavours, paired with gin, frozen yoghurt, egg white and soda.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Cosy, Dark and moody, Glamorous, Lively, Romantic
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Celeb-spotting, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

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Location for Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4JH

020 3011 5900

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:15
Tue 17:30-22:15
Wed 17:30-22:15
Thu 17:30-22:15
Fri 17:30-22:15
Sat 17:30-22:15
Sun 17:30-21:15

Reviews of Gymkhana

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31 Reviews 
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Anon

08 July 2019  
The greatest!
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Edward J

28 June 2019  
Consistently delicious food, wonderful spicing, charming service and great ambiance, particularly downstairs.
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Harpreet C

28 June 2019  
Best Indian in town.
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Mr. ROOZBEH S

29 March 2019  
Best indian food I have had in india or London--small cozy place;i did not mind paying top £ for very tasty indian food.
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Anon

29 June 2018  
Innovative an great customer service. Unmissable.
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Eloise M

28 June 2018  
Amazing Indian food with impeccable service. Love that you can sit at the bar and have a full dinner there.
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Ms/Mrs. Fi C

27 April 2018  
Absolutely spectacular the food is your finest dining the service is impeccable and the setting overlooking the lake is breath taking I love this place.
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Susan N

15 June 2017  
Great cocktails, ambiance and decor, attentive and helpful staff. I love the food. Probably my favourite restaurant.
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Charlotte W

15 June 2017  
Amazing, unusual food, fantastic atmosphere - very different to the usual central London restaurant and lovely, warm, accomodating staff.
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Anon

30 May 2017  
The best indian restaurant we have been in London , food is very good, service professional, price matches food & service.
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