When their Michelin Starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana suffered a massive fire, and almost burned down last year, the Sethi siblings who own it (as well as Trishna, Hoppers, BAO, and others) decided to reincarnate it.
After all, you only live once.
And so, like a phoenix rising from the literal ashes, the already unspeakably elegant venue has only become more unspeakably elegant, with a full top-to-bottom refurb. And they took the liberty of improving the already delicious menu while they were at it, too.
Thusly on the ground floor, the Edwardian gentleman’s club vibe has been taken up a couple of notches: its colonial-era refinement has been up-scaled with brass-buttoned leather seating, vintage steamer trunks, and polished dark timber. In the basement, the cocktail bar can now flaunt some striking Kashmiri chilli-red seating, and tiger-striped wooden walls covered in elegant art prints from the subcontinent.
Food-wise, they’re wisely still playing the classics: the beautifully conical Chettinad duck dosas are still there; as well as the fragrant kid goat methi keema; the rich wild muntjac biryani; and the duck egg langoustine bhurji. But going alongside those, there are new dishes like some boozy wild tiger prawns inspired by Kerelan toddy shops; a game bird baida roti served with girolle achaar pickle; and a Bombay Gymkhana club vegetable cutlet with masala ketchup.
The aforementioned cocktail bar, too, is now the home of a Peach Blow Fizz (made with gin, green mango, and frozen yogurt), as well as a dirty-style martini served with an olive brine poppadum. In fact, such is their dedication to the juniper juice, there’s a dedicated G&T menu, a gin ‘flavour map’ (allowing you match your booze to the perfect mixer) and they’re even making their own tonic water. But there’s no shortage of other drinks to be had. But if you like gin…
…you’ll think you’ve been born again.
NOTE: Gymkhana is open daily for lunch (12-2.30pm) and dinner (5.30-10.30pm/9.30pm Sundays). You can find out more, and book a table, HERE.
Gymkhana | 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
Last Updated: 21st July 2020
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