Gunpowder

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Indian
Gunpowder is a home-style Indian Kitchen in Spitalfields, inspired by family recipes and the vibrant, confident flavours of home cooking.

11 White’s Row, E1 7NF

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LT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sent 5 executive staff here on Monday for celebratory meal, words back next day were food was dynamite and that I had found a little gem of a restaurant.
Thank you to the staff!

EB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is delicious but quickly adds up. We were sat on a table right by the kitchen where the door kept opening with really bright light and ruined the ambiance a bit.

R
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great, innovative food. Five tasting plates plus soft drink for two came in at £65 which was good value. This chef should go far.

T
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, cool and calm atmosphere. And the food was to die for. Had a good few of their signature dishes, to share as they recommended. Well done!

TG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so flavoursome and tasty. An impressive and imaginative vegetarian selection. The atmosphere was intimate but very lovely. I would definitely recommend.

JC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a very difficult menu to choose from, so if you have a large enough party make sure you order one of everything! Particularly notable dishes are the venison doughnut, the lamb chops and the tandoori chicken. The ribs are excellent too, as is the curried broccoli. Can't recommend highly enough. The staff are absolutely charming and the service consistently good. Thanks to the team there for a great meal again!

AC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Very average food - small restaurant quickly lends itself to looking like it’s busy therefore easy to assume it’s good but in our case it was expensive and average. I’d rather queue an hour and have Dishoom - which is miles better.
Restaurant is small and therefore so are the tables which doesn’t lend itself to the Tapas style that they serve as there’s hardly enough space for drinks and food. I’ve had worse and therefore it wasn’t a full on disappointment but certainly wouldn’t ever come back.

MJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Tremendous indian food, we'll definitely be going back. FYI it's a small venue so not ideal for larger groups.

HS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and innovative menu . Tapas plates. Lamb chops were outstanding . Lovely intimate and informal ambience . Food options focussed and all were outstanding . Would recommend .

F
Amsterdam
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seriously delicious modern Indian food. A little on the spicey side! We had dinner at 5:30 because we could get a booking later. But unbeknown to us they keep quite a few seats for walk ins so probablycould have just come later!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I had been looking forward to visiting Gunpowder as had heard great things from a friend.
When I had 3 overseas visitors here that like curry I thought it was a perfect opportunity.
Firstly it is very very small.
I arrived at 5.25 for a 5.30 booking and was told that it was not open yet (opens at 5.30) despite the neon lit up ‘open’ light above the front door. They also didn’t appear to have my booking built getting a table was easy.
The menu is very limited it is tapas style small plates but honestly I was disappointed with the choice. No naan or other bread whatsoever. The highlights were a duck pancake, egg masala curry and a beef dish. The chicken had little meat on and the lamb chops were nice but overpriced.
All in all it was ok but I would not return

L
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Aloo chaat was terrific. So was the venison doughnut. Broccoli was just mediocre—pieces were unnecessarily big. And pork ribs were below mediocre.

Great space. Happy to support innovative thoughts on Indian food.

ED
London
113 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!! The food is delicious and well presented. Just on the edge of the City, it’s just about manageable at lunchtime for a little time out. Staff are super welcoming and helpful with assistance with descriptions of the food and choice.

BM
Buckinghamshire
14 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gunpowder is a very intimate restaurant and has a cosy feel. There is a one page menu to select your food from, but it provides enough selection. The food comes out in little plates, so it's like tapas style dining. The food was delicious, the lamb chops are an absolute must! there was a lot of variety, you could have authentic style food or indian food with a bit of a twist. It's not the type of restaurant where you sit for hours, but they're certainly not rushing you out of the door.

t
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. Be sure to make reservations.. it is VERY small. Although I hear there is one in central London that is larger. Everything was just perfect.SOOOO good! Just loved loved loved!!

I
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, tasty, different - well worth a visit. Small and noisy when it's full but a good atmosphere.

GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing flavours! The venison donut is a must. The aloo chaat was surprisingly delicious and they elevate the humble potato to new heights!

S
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food outstanding. Can’t wait to go back and sample more dishes from the menu!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing dishes and not your typical curry meal. Exceptional spin on your favorite flavors but spun up with Kale, duck and other exceptional proteins and less carbs.

E
London
23 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tiny backstreet restaurant worth finding. Excellent food served as sharing dishes, fresh and innovative. If you're looking for a casual dining experience this is a great little restaurant, the only downside would be that the service was unfriendly.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE the food here. I am a foodie, and cook Indian food, but this is sublime. A bit noisy though.

CK
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an amazing dining experience with good food and good service! Love this cute Indian restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service

S
London
277 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Gunpowder has a fantastic menu and delicious, imaginative dishes. Highly recommended!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food!

HP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

So cramped together, can’t sit together with other half and have a nice meal. Food was soooo bad

TH
London
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and different.
Small cosy place.
Indian food as I nevet tasted before

OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food, venue is a bit cramped but you come here for the food

MR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good flavours and innovative dishes! Especially if your looking for a different twist on Indian food. I can’t recommend this place enough

OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good quality meat and tasty food with good portion sizes. The restaurant is quite compact and so the tables are close together which meant there was not a lot of privacy.

RJ
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

School canteen style format with dim lighting. I can’t give a full opinion of the menu as only one of my 2 dishes arrived . The ribs I had , were just syrup and mono sodium glutamate.where was the Indian influence! I’m particularly disappointed as I was impressed by the gunpowder book , which boasted an extensive knowledge of several regions of traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist .Seeing other people’s food turning up , looked mediocre at best . The gunpowder masala spice on my husbands dish , was heavy with cinnamon and dominated any other spice used in it .

P
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was lovely so can’t complain but pirtions smaller than I recall from the last visit. The waitress could have been more helpful with recommendations after advising the lamb was quite big. It wasn’t.
This was my one of my fav restaurants but for some reason the staff were not as accommodating or helpful as previous visits. Food is still amazing though.

RA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too expensive, wayyyy to noisey! Food didn’t match the costs

NW
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty tapas style Indian food, great for sharing.

E
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The crab was outstanding. Nice outmosphere. Interesting food. Fun area of town. I'll be going back.

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food in a simple environment. I would definitely recommend the saag (the best I've ever had) and the soft shell crab.

BF
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Not very good venue and not a good drinks choice food was ok but booked a table for 17:30 and when we got there 10 min early we then had to wait till 18:00 before they would start to make the food, wasn’t bad food but still a little disappointed

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Another delicious lunch at one of the best Indian spots in town - the food was better than ever. Highlights were soft-shelled crab, pulled duck, fennel fish cakes and more.

I would get a table here if you can!

LW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Obviously well sought after and successful restaurant, food was good but service average and we ended up not getting the signature dish of lamb chops. Maybe we caught a bad night..

P
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The must have starter, hot spicy shot of soup with a round dhosa set a great standard that the rest of the meal matched. I shared a salad, a soft shell crab and a sticky pork rib dish with a friend. Each plate just kept getting better than the one before, we thought. The wine was good, fresh and inexpensive. Book now. There were queues of wanna be walk-ins.

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