Gymkhana | Mayfair Restaurant
Last Updated: 13th November 2018
Traditionally, a gymkhana is a place for people to gather and soak up impressive displays of skill whilst enjoying a languid lunch or raucous dinner, raising a glass and conversing with friends, in the Indian subcontinent.
And now, Gymkhana is a place for people to gather and soak up impressive displays of skill whilst enjoying a languid lunch or raucous dinner, raising a glass and conversing with friends… in London.
Settling into London’s unofficial home of unspeakably elegant, candlelit, top-shelf Indian restaurants, Mayfair, Gymkhana is the second tour de force from the Sethi siblings, the trio who are also behind Trishna, Brigadiers, and Hoppers. The decor is steeped in colonial era decor, with polished slatted oak panelling and intimate marble-tabled booths; lazy ceiling fans whirring overhead and vintage Indian sporting posters on the walls, lit softly by cut-glass wall lamps from Jaipur.
Upstairs, you’ll find –
The food here is designed for sharing – which is good on one hand, because it means you get to try your friends’ dishes, like quail seekh kebab with mustard and mint chutney; amitsari shrimp and tandoori masala lamb chops with Kashmiri red onions, but which – on the other hand – is also not so good, because it means they get to try your lasooni wild tiger prawns with red pepper chutney, and your wild muntjack biryani flavoured with pomegranate and mint raita. Items which, among others, have earned Gymkhana both a Michelin Star, critical acclaim, and relentless accolades at the highest restaurant award ceremonies.
As well as a long, considered wine list and a sommelier on hand to pair it, Gymkhana also has an exemplary cocktail list, for which you might head downstairs to the bar after dinner and settle into your own chesterfield loveseat. Behind the aged brass bar, a crack team of barkeeps deftly slip spices into classic 19th century cocktails, pour out Indian spirits, and serve tea-infused punches in medicine bottles accompanied by ice-filled goblets.
You won’t need a spoonful of anything to help those go down.
NOTE: You can reserve a table at Gymkhana on their website HERE. Note that dining from the full menu is also available at the Gymkhana bar, which does not take reservations but instead has a walk in policy. There are also two private dining rooms for hire – find out more HERE.
Gymkhana | 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
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