Gunpowder

4.4
72 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
  • 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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Public Transit
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 72 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined on 2 August 2018

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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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 24 July 2018

Delicious! Light, modern Indian. Excellent location.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 17 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 7 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 13 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 5 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 5 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

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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2.0Dined on 1 May 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 27 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 13 April 2018

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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2.0Dined on 6 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 March 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 16 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 15 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

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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4.0Dined on 6 March 2018

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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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

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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5.0Dined on 27 January 2018

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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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 20 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 2 January 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 December 2017

Small restaurant serving India tapas - lamb chops are excellent.

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4.0Dined on 20 December 2017

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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1.0Dined on 14 December 2017

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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4.0Dined on 23 November 2017

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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5.0Dined on 31 October 2017

Great food and outstanding flavours. Will definitely be going again soon.

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5.0Dined on 30 October 2017

Absolutely amazing food. Not what I expected at all. The staff were very helpful in explaining everything. The signature Gunpowder dish is a must as are the okra fries!!

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5.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Remember, remember, nagaland ribs with tamarind kachumber
The Gunpowder aloo chaat, karwari crab, the signature dishes lot;
I know of no reason why a Gunpowder Treat
Should ever be forgot.

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4.0Dined on 21 October 2017

Absolutely fabulous food,,,,, actually craving it already!!!!! There was slight confusion on arrival because other than on open table they don't take bookings, you have to turn up at 5:30 and stand in a queue to put your name down on the list,,,,,, so we didn't know whether to wait in the queue or go straight to the front and upset everyone!!!!! But now we know what to expect this will not be a problem on our next visit,,,,, which is hopefully very soon,,,,,, I NEED to experience that fabulous food again!!!!!!!! The drinks are quite expensive so bumps up the bill but apparently it's really nice beer,,,, I drank the prosecco which was quite nice too.

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5.0Dined on 20 October 2017

Our first time at Gunpowder and took advantage of booking an early evening table- was worth it given the number of people trying to get in! Fabulous meal. Left the selection to the staff who chose well and didn't over do the amount of food. All excellent and really tasty. Definitely a place to go back R.

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4.0Dined on 13 September 2017

We were very impressed with the menu and the food at Gunpowder. It was difficult to choose as everything sounded and looked delicious. Was particularly impressed with the broccoli dish in terms of size and taste. So many restaurants forget about the veg. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

The only downside is that the restaurant is very small and you have to share tables. It is also a bit noisy and you feel you need to move on due to the large queue outside.

The food was some of the best I have had this year though

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5.0Dined on 2 September 2017

The menu was excellent. Perfect taste and presentation. Definitely to visit next time in London

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3.0Dined on 12 August 2017

The food is very good, but very expensive for what it is (the portions are tiny) if you decide to have a drink with your dinner (my coke sized beer was £5.50!) then expect to pay £60 for two people. You'll also need to expect to share a table with other people, knocking elbows occasionally.

We were also questioned about a £10 note with a small tear, which given the extortion was also a slap in the face.

The food is great, but only go if you're willing to spend money and sit in a cramped space.

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5.0Dined on 8 July 2017

Fast friendly service and amazing food. The soft shell crab is amazing and broccoli never tasted that good. Highly recommended.

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