The bar at Gymkhana specialises in classic Indian punches and cocktails - fusing spices with Indian spirits and a carefully selected gin and tonic list. The dining room is flanked by marble tables and fluted, leather banquettes. Gymkhana offers two private dining vaults either side of the lower ground floor with seating for 9 to 14 guests.
Gymkhana was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.
What Insiders Are Saying
Gymkhana is the best Indian restaurant in London, an upscale establishment serving elevated classics and an incredible biryani.
Superb food, ambiance and service.
Always exceptional food and service and always a must every time we come to London. Some of the best Indian food we have have ever had. Just a fair warning - ask the wait staff about the level of spice in the dishes before ordering if you are sensitive to spice. Some of the dishes will knock your socks off if you order them.
Went for a birthday!
Great staff, so attentive, polite and friendly.
Very accommodating when I said I had a nut allergy and was vegetarian.
Food was not as good as I had anticipated, but great portion sizes and value for money.
Went at lunchtime so didn’t get the full ambiance as say dinner time when it’s darker outside.
Overall would go back again though!
Food was amazing. Service was great. Not too spicy even though they tell you it’s really spicy which is good.
It’s one of the main reasons I come to London regularly!
2nd time I have visited London with my family in the last few months, and the 2nd time we have eaten at Gymkhana. Both experiences were consistently superb.... the balance of flavors in their dishes is excellent...butter chicken, okra, eggplant, chole...all very good. One of my biggest peeves is having a great experience one time and going back the next time and the food not being the same. This is not the case at Gymkhana. Service was fantastic and the decor perfect...a throwback theme to a long ago era. Well done!!
I wanted to try Gymkhana after reading the reviews, but the awful service made the entire experience dreadful. My reservations were at 2pm, but I didn’t leave until 4:15 since no one came to clear our table and to give us our bill. I had to ask for the menus and had to ask for water. This was by far the worse service I experienced in London. This is unacceptable for a supposed Michelin Star restaurant.
We had the lunch tasting menu- absolutely fantastic. Service as well was great.
Hella spicy but delicious. Very good food and service was highly attentive.
Amazing, to die for appetizers. Didn't get as lucky with main course. Chicken chunks in masala could have been better. Sag paneer texture should be less like creamed spinach and more like curry. Nan can be better. I still cant wait to go back and try different stuff.
Hands down best fine dining Indian I’ve ever had, inventive and authentic at the same time. Cocktails were also amazing.
Fantastic service and even better food. Will be our first stop next time we are in London.
We had a fantastic meal. We were mistakenly late for our reservation between lunch and dinner. The staff was very gracious in accommodating us after our mistake. Every single item we ordered was scrumptious!
We had a really wonderful lunch at Gymkhana. Special thanks to the waiting staff for their excellent service, everyone was very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The birthday candle was a nice extra touch, much appreciated. The food was a culinary delight. Thank you!
Awesome food and ambiance. Perfect!
Delicious food, great cocktails, lovely attentive service.
It was my boyfriend’s bday and we really enjoyed the food and the special bday treat in the end
We booked a table for 2 at 2:30pm to have my BDay celebration lunch. This was our first time visiting Gymkhana following a lot of positive reviews.
We arrived slightly later, approx at 2:40. The waiter gave us the menus, announced that the kitchen wad closing in 5min and disappeared.
We were lost thinking that we had to leave as we couldn’t order this quickly without any help from the waiter. Then we fought him and asked to clarify if we still had time to order but instead he offered us to speak with the manager. The manager arrived and explained that we could stay and still had time to order food.
Stressful and rushed welcome made us feel really unwelcome but we decided to stay as we had no alternative plans.
We simply quickly followed food advice from another waiter.
The food was too spicy for our taste. Unfortunately the waiter didn’t tell us that it’s the “real Indian food” which was very spicy. I couldn’t finish half of my food.
Overall disappointing experience thanks to a bad welcome and rushed ordering. Wouldn’t come back or recommend visiting.
Good was great and we really enjoyed the experience
The muntjac biryani is to die for, but all the food was great. The service was warm and knowledgeable but seemed a bit overwhelmed at times. Highly recommend.
The best Indian restaurant that I’ve ever eaten - the menu isn’t extensive but absolutely superb.
The care and attention from the staff, whilst not intrusive, is exceptional. Our waitress notice I was struggling with the level of spiciness of my dish and, without asking, she brought me a mango lassi - outstanding service!
Best Indian restaurant in London
Delicuous flavourful food matched with cheeky cocktails or confident wine pairings. Try the kid goat! Critically this place doesn’t use spice for its own sake but rather to tanstilise and tempt your taste buds. Definitely worth the trip to this tucked away oasis oozing with flavour. As with all good dining experiences staff were friendly fun and obliging.
Hand’s Down BEST Indian food we have ever had. Every dish was superb and we were only sad we didn’t have room to try more. Our stand out dishes were the Kid Goat appetizer (with addition) and Chicken Butter Masala to die for. All of servers were very friendly and helpful.
One of the best Indian meals I have ever had.
We live in the US and I must say this is the best Indian food I have had. Full of flavor and perfection. You can taste every ingredient in the delicious meals. Drinks are also amazing. You must try it!!
I have always loved Indian food but never have I had it at such an elevated level but with so little pretension. The food, service and ambience were exceptional. Go for lunch, do the tasting menu with the wine pairings and leave well fed and delighted. Make sure you engage with the staff as they are very knowledgeable and helpful.
Great interior, above average food! Would recommend to friends to dine here for good experience!!!
Reliable, high quality, delicious Indian cuisine. The chicken butter masala is perfect.
The experience was very nice, but we were hoping for more of a culinary experience given the reputation. Excellent chutney and keema.
Attentive, polite and knowledgeable staff, great ambience , wonderful wine and food (cooked to perfection). Highly recommend the six course tasting menu with paired wines. (I always need a doggie bag afterwards).
My family had an amazing late lunch while visiting in London last week. The food was by far, the best Indian food we have had and we have been to some high- end Indian restaurants. The servers were very helpful and friendly. Would definitely return!
Absolutely amazing, delicious food. Must go here once and experience the flavours of india
My mom was a vegan and we had lots of dishes we had to share and without telling them any instructions, they automatically put the sauces/yogurt to a side dish so my mom could also dig in! It was great!
Great food and cocktail! Cozy, quite environment for a nice chilling chat.
It was wonderful
So delicious. Probably best Indian food I've ever had. Would go out of my way to go again
Excellent, flavorful food well presented, and impeccable service. The front dining room felt a little more casual than expected, but as a result we were perhaps more comfortable walking in as casually-dressed tourists than we would have been in a more formal setting. Ambiance had a strong colonial/refined-masculine feel, vaguely reminiscent of a NY steakhouse, and I think I'd feel comfortable there in anything from a suit and tie to a polo shirt and clean blue jeans. We ordered off the Early Evening Tasting Menu and while the food was delicious, portions were a little small for our American appetites. With the benefit of seeing what neighboring tables ordered at least one of us would have ordered a la carte, or perhaps added an extra starter or even a meat dish for our table.