Gymkhana, London, 11/10/14

Exterior
Exterior

This is a highly regarded Indian spot with some interesting twists on standard dishes. Not a large place it is almost impossible to secure an evening reservation, but they offer the full menu plus a lunch value menu midday. We did a combo with one lunch menu and several a la carte options with guidance from our server and reviews we’d read.

entrance
entrance

We were warned repeatedly about the spiciness of several of our orders and this turned out to not be a problem at all. In a general summary nothing really stood out and some seemed to be horribly overpriced (like the suckling pig vindaloo). This is combination to a couple service snafus, like serving our gin and tonic without the gin and not noticing as the server poured the tonic in the glass. The two beginning chutneys were tasty but the meal went downhill from there. I actually forgot to photograph the pushed “bread basket” which really wasn’t needed since several entrees came with breads and the included varieties of naan bread were all cooked to crispness. Londoners may find this to be the ultimate in Indian cuisine but it didn’t pack any punch(the drink they push) with me.

dining room
dining room
interesting decoration!
interesting decoration!
Gin and tonic
Gin and tonic
menu 1
menu 1
lunch menu
lunch menu
menu 2
menu 2
Selection of papadums
Selection of papadums
sweet mango chutney
sweet mango chutney
spicy tomato chutney
spicy tomato chutney
Duck Egg Bhurji, lobster, malabar paratha
Duck Egg Bhurji, lobster, malabar paratha
Served with the egg
Served with the egg
Dosa, Chettinad Duck with coconut chutney
Dosa, Chettinad Duck with coconut chutney
Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns with red pepper chutney
Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns with red pepper chutney
Gilafi Quail Seekh kebab with pickled green chili chutney
Gilafi Quail Seekh kebab with pickled green chili chutney
Suckling Pig Vindaloo
Suckling Pig Vindaloo
Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli Pao with added Bheja (goat brains)
Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli Pao with added Bheja (goat brains)
Lentils
Lentils
Rice
Rice
Bread and onions
Bread and onions
Saag Paneer (spinach)
Saag Paneer (spinach)
cool sugar container
cool sugar container
Cardamon, almond and pistachio Kheer
Cardamon, almond and pistachio Kheer
Rose water and roast vanilla gel
Rose water and roast vanilla gel
Frankie climbed the tank in the bathroom!
Frankie climbed the tank in the bathroom!

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