Food & Drink

Jason Allen 19/04/17

Madame D’s

NOTE: Madame D’s is sadly now closed, but their original spot, Gunpowder, is still open.

Himalayan food is good.

In fact, all other cuisines are beneath it.

And Madame D’s, set in the lofty heights of the second floor above a Spitalfields pub, is here to prove it. It comes to us courtesy of the husband/wife team behind Gunpowder (which recently won a Bib Gourmand from Michelin for its reasonably-priced-yet-unreasonably-delicious Indian food) and echoes the ramshackle back-rooms that once littered the Commercial Street rag route, thanks to deep red awnings, smoky candlelight, distressed walls, high ceilings, and long, industrial-feel communal trestle tables. And on those tables you’ll find –


The Himalayas, for those not in the loop, are big. Very big. Meaning that the national cuisines that Himalayan food tends to draw from spans everything from Indian, to Nepalese, to Tibetan, and Chinese. The things they have in common are strong spices, and fragrant herbal undertones, which go into dishes like garlic coriander steamed chicken, a new take on Chinese prawn toast, pan-fried Tibetan duck momo dumplings, and miniature gold coin dumplings (named for their shape). Then, of course, there’s,


Remember when we mentioned that this place sits above a pub? Well, Madame D’s has enlisted their help (sort of like a booze sherpa, if you will) to round out the drinks menu with pints of craft beer, and margs made with spices from the kitchen. Which all sounds pretty nice…

…to summit up.


NOTE: Madame D’s is sadly now closed, but their original spot, Gunpowder, is still open.

Madame D’s |┬áSecond Floor, 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY

If you like the sound of this place …you should check out Gunpowder’s London Bridge follow up.

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Madame D’s

Second Floor, 76 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, East London, E1 6LY

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