Gunpowder

4.4
81 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
LUNCH
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
DINNER
Monday - Saturday: 6pm - 11pm
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Phone number
020 7426 0542
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Liverpool street station

Shoreditch

Aldgate station

Aldgate East station

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.8

Gunpowder is a simply designed little restaurant off Commercial Street serving extremely inventive takes on Indian food that will blow your mind.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 81 People Are Saying
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SR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, along with a brilliant atmosphere. A litt neighbourhood gem!!

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and it just gets better. Service was very personal, thoughtful and kind. Food just extraodinary, nice bottle of Chablis to wash it down, faultless

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EP
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t recommend enough. Delicious! It is a sharing menu so gives you the opportunity to try lots of different dishes!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food but too desperate to get you out to really enjoy. Great if you’re in a hurry but practically removing you’re food before you’re finished.

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b
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard to pick favorites! Egg malsala. Soft shell crab. Venison doughnut. Lamb chops

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TC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don't really want to recommend Gunpowder as it is small and you have to wait for a table. The fewer people that know how good it is, the better (for me!). Have now managed to have everything on the menu at least twice. Not to be missed: egg curry masala, tandoori paneer, aloo chaat, venison 'doughtnut', and the soft shell crab.

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TO
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The space is small, cozy and modern. And the food is unreal! Definitely suggest the lamb chops and spicy venison donut. The service was decent save we felt very rushed through our meal. The space is tiny so I can understand needing to turn tables quickly to avoid a long wait time, I just wish we could have savored our meal more rather than being pressed to leave. Overall we loved the food and will definitely return.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time and the food continues to stand out. Great opportunity to try lots of flavours and stumble over some great dishes that might well not have been ordered if the style of dining had been more traditional.

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V
New England
26 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT. We ordered the okra fries twice-- to die for!.
The service was incredible.

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PB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place. The sag paneer is to die for, omg. I would return just for that dish alone. All dishes would very nice but that one stood out as an all time great

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This was a rather disappointing experience. The food was amazing - the best modern Indian I have had in a long time. However the service was shockingly bad. Confusingly so in this day and age and for a hip restaurant in London. We arrived at 12pm for a 12pm reservation. The restaurant was closed - staff still cleaning it up. They kept us waiting for about 15 mins without apology and were apathetic bordering on rude when my friend inquired when they would open. Service didn’t improve much later with a bored waitress asking us twice which bottle of wine we ordered (despite our pointing to it) and then bringing us the wrong bottle anyway. Mistakes can be excused but she continued to maintain that it was the bottle we had asked for. There were no niceties. The staff engaged in some sort of half muffled fight where one person was told to go home. All this in a Restaurant the size of a spacious corridor.

The only plus point was the food was DELICIOUS and the wine was good.

Mixed feelings here. I would go back for the food but without improving its abysmal service, this restaurant is going nowhere.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian food ever
Staff helpful
Kitchen serving great food
Beer and drinks quite pricey

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SW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious! Light, modern Indian. Excellent location.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Every thing was delicious, especially the lamb chops and the aloo chaat.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food full of flavour. Perfect if you like Indian food with a tapas twist. Good service and booking is essential.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously good food. Every thing we ordered was delicious and I only wish I could have managed to eat & try more of the dishes! It's a perfect place to share and was a lovely place to celebrate me & my partners anniversary. I definitely recommend and I will be going again to try more of the menu.

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R
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brought first-timers and they enjoyed the food! It was tasty, portions were good and a suitable place for a quick team meal

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DP
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was very helpful walking us thru the menu and giving recommendations. We really enjoyed it

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UD
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best indian food I have tasted. So fresh , mouthwatering and moorish. Waitors were very helpful with recommending dishes.

Very small inside, so go early in order to have a seat.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was out second visit to Gunpowder after being left craving another visit straight after our first time here! The food is like nothing else on earth it's so fresh and flavoursome I just wish it was closer to me as I'd definitely be a regular diner here!

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s
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gunpowder was brought to our attention by an Indian friend of ours - her nephew owns it. So we decided we had to try it, and boy, we were not disappointed. The restaurant is quite small and we had read reviews saying how people had to queue, so we booked a table just in case. The food was delicious, and unlike any other Indian food we have tried ( we have travelled a lot). We ordered quite a lot for a lunchtime and I was a bit worried that we might not finish it. The waiter reassured me that they had takeaway boxes, but the food was so good we did manage to eat it all. We had the rasam ke bomb, gunpowder aloo chat, porzhi okra fries, the pulled duck, the pork ribs, and half a mustard broccoli. We will definitely be going again.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend this place for a group meal. It's sharing food. Not good for a date.

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t
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was tasty, I enjoyed the shot glass soup with a crispy puri on top covering a creamy mash potato. I enjoyed most of the food, though I think for the money it isn't enough of a long enjoyable evening, and I think £12 for a broccoli is too steep.
I wouldn't come here again though as it was too crowded, and therefore noisy. Glad I was here for a casual dinner and not an occasion. Almost sitting on the couple next to us.
Very small drinks/ pudding menu.
The website with an out of date (by four months) sample menu also annoyed me, as did the lack of response to a question on social media.
I would give this place 6/10.

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k
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The okra fries were delicious. When we asked the waitress what porzhi referred to , she said she thought it was an area of India...really?
Good food ,chops a bit overpriced. Mocktail needed to be made with freshly squeezed juices.

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F
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Food is good but not as refined as it seems on picture. It needs more veggie options and halal meat. The tapas style is nice but at the end it is very expensive and the price does not reflect the service nor the quality of the food. The Chai was a tea bag and was charged as if it was a fresh one!

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DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, creative menu, and friendly, informative service. Would definitely come again and recommend to friends.

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BF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food! And overall fantastic service! But book in advance and don't overstay your welcome! Our waitress was quick to remind she had a queue. Fair enough, because the place is tiny. I'd suggest they maybe have a minimum '2 hour stay' policy....?

I'd definitely go back though, the food was divine!

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JH
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we went to the Gunpowder mid-week , nice table for 4 next to the bar , Kitchen opens at 6pm, recommend the lamb chops - great food great service - well worth a visit !

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Small intimate restaurant great for casual dining and meeting friends. Food is delicious with Indian dishes I had not experienced before. Lovely flavours

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K
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique place with creative Indian small plates. Each item with it's own distinctive flavor but not overwhelming. Fast service and nice staff. Not the traditional curry and naan place to stuff up. Hole in the wall location with a warm feel.

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PA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Shocked at just how small this restaurant was. Felt very uncomfortable and compact to dine here with another couple sitting elbow-to-elbow to us.

Good for a quick bite to eat. Nothing more

Food was great and made the visit worth it. I will not be coming back due to how small the restaurant is. A shame really...

Waitress was unwelcoming and rude.

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands-down the best Indian I’ve had in London. Great food and great service. They double-booked our table but they were very apologetic and handled the situation brilliantly.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our lunch here. The lamb chops were divine and I thought I didn't like okra till I tasted the okra fries!

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite Indian restaurant in London! The flavors are fantastic - great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike!

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Tasty, interesting modern Indian food. Service wasn’t exactly the most professional/exceptional, but the staff were friendly. Also not a massive fan of the space itself - prefer not to sit on a bench right next to another couple when on a date.

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a
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurante pequenyo en espacio pero grande en sabor y en originalidad culinaria. La comida se presenta en concepto ´tapas´con platos para compartir. Se recomiendan cinco o seis platos para dos personas. Nosotros eramos dos, pedimos cinco platos y no conseguimos terminar la comida. La comida es india pero con un toque de modernidad y fusion y nos gusto mucho. Habra que repetir.

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ML
London
5 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small restaurant serving India tapas - lamb chops are excellent.

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S
London
59 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gunpowder is a nice Indian spot with very good food and quick, friendly and efficient service.
The space is a little crammed, so don't be surprised if you can hear more of the conversation on the next table than your own.

It's good value as well and I am torn between Dishoom and Gunpowder, but I think I prefer Dishoom.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Booked a table for 5.30 using open table. Arrived at 5.30 and waited outside for a few minutes as it wasn't open! Was informed kitchen didn't even open until 6pm, so would probably not eat until 6.30pm so we left. Please don't take bookings before kitchen (and restaurant) is open! Can't comment on food value or ambience so ignore those ratings

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OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fab Indian influenced food - short high quality menu with the plates ideal for sharing - great flavours and mix of different influences. Thoroughly recommend - service and staff all excellent

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