Gymkhana

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Indian
Located in Mayfair, Gymkhana is inspired by the colonial British-Indian ‘gymkhana’ clubs. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients with a strong focus on the tandoori oven and chatpatta sharing dishes in a convivial environment.

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.
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JH
London
46 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always excellent at Gymkhana. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing. The wines were all well-matched to the food. Excellent lunch again. One thing the restaurant may like to consider is not allowing babies/small children...I don’t think the ambience of this type of restaurant is suitable for them.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lamb chops are unbelievable - well worth the price.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible meal

S
London
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience- would recommend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RH
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid dining experience. Specifically booked it because of the rave reviews about the butter chicken, which was good. Not my favorite Indian restaurant I’ve been to in London, but I would go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Every dish is very nice. We ordered lunch menu. And actually it's pretty enough for 2 people. We satisfied with the food and service here!

GS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best venues with quality food and service

DF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have to admit, I wasn't overly impressed with the overall experience, especially I had been looking forward to this booking for months. The food was nice, but not excellent. Two dishes stood out (tandoori salmon and the samosa chat (veg dish)). Service was fairly average, no dish explained unless I asked the waiter to do so. Tandoori chicken was a bit burnt, the Bhel was a bit stale. I would go back just for the two dishes I liked because the salmon was incredible. Have to say overall fairly average.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I arrived for a 17 30 dinner reservation and were given an early evening set menu. The prices were very reasonable without compromise to the quality of food. The set menu allowed us to sample a wide variety of dishes, from paneer tikka to hariyali bream. Needless to say, we left quite satisfied and full. The restaurant itself is reminiscent of a British establishment, cosy yet sophisticated. Oh and the cocktails are divine. I would highly recommend!

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband there to celebrate his birthday and the staff couldn't have been more attentive. Food was absolutely delicious so would definitely recommend!

A
London
45 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm not sure why it took me so long to get to Gymkhana but me an my partner had an amazing experience on a Friday lunchtime. We have over the last 20years made a number of visits to India and the there were so many combinations of spices and taste notes that reminded us of what I call the true taste of India. We thought we had order just enough for two - for me 2 courses from the set menu and one of the 4 course menus for my partner - but we had a bit of an extravaganza. The salmon is wonderful, the kid goat rich and filling, the aloo chat fabulous, game biryani fantastic etc. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable, never intrusive; they certainly facilitated a good and relaxing experience. The ground floor of the restaurant is nice but I liked downstairs, where we sat, which had a much more private club feel.
All I can say is that my partner said he would be returning during the meal, outside the restaurant and back at home; no doubt we'll be returning with friends. Oh and the Kingfisher beer is the perfect drink for this incredible food.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience. The Hunters Menu was excellent along with the wine pairing. Anna, who served us, was incredible.

OT
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome food!

SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Fantastic food . Their lamb chops are delicious. Definitely will go back . The set menu is very reasonably priced available early bird offer .

a
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food. Super tasty

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two friends having their 50th birthdays. The food and drinks were outstanding and the restaurant (unprompted) did a special desert for the table at no charge.

MH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Curry was refined. The amount of food was a lot even with the 5 course tasting. Kheer and Mango chutney tasted like my grandmother used to make it. Just great Indian food thats cooked well. Shrimp curry was my favorite

RP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Items ordered (chicken tikka, prawn moilee, chicken tandoori) all super flavorful.

A
London
55 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food & cocktails were really delicious. Good service. Great ambiance. Expensive but perfect for special occasions.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Leaving dinner

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, ambiance and service.

M
San Francisco
72 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
Las Vegas
58 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was great. Not too spicy even though they tell you it’s really spicy which is good.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of the main reasons I come to London regularly!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

W
Montreal
50 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lunch tasting menu- absolutely fantastic. Service as well was great.

M
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Hella spicy but delicious. Very good food and service was highly attentive.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best fine dining Indian I’ve ever had, inventive and authentic at the same time. Cocktails were also amazing.

AP
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and even better food. Will be our first stop next time we are in London.

NR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

JG
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and ambiance. Perfect!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great cocktails, lovely attentive service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

MS
London
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my boyfriend’s bday and we really enjoyed the food and the special bday treat in the end

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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.

J
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was great and we really enjoyed the experience

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