A disappointing experience

As an avid reader of Giles Coren’s restaurant reviews in The Times when he reviewed Gymkhana which such enthusiasm and claimed to have been something like 3 times in 10 days we decided we had to go and try this restaurant.

The closest Friday night reservation was 3 months away but we booked anyway.

Lots of reviewing the website and re-reading the reviews ensued over the coming weeks and the day in question crept closer and closer with increasing excitement…

So the day arrives, the restaurant itself if modestly decorated from the outside and as we walk through the door we are greeted by the most amazing smell of food!

We ordered from the starter and mains menu and waited in earnest.

When our starters arrived we were not disappointed. We selected the Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli, Pao (spiced goat mince and a sweet, brioche style roll) and Potato Chat, Chickpeas, Tamarind, Sev (a crispy spiced potato dish that I really struggle to describe!)
Both delicious dishes and I’d very happily eat them again!

Our mains were not so successful, we selected:
-Butter, Pepper, Garlic Crab
-Kasoori Chicken Tikka, Sprouting Moong Kachumber
-Lasooni Wild Tiger Prawns, Red Pepper Chutney
-basmati rice
-bread basket

All the dishes were well cooked (except the bread which was overly toasted) but non of if jumped out as amazing food. The crab was overly seasoned and way too buttery – crab is flavoursome enough and didn’t need it, the chicken and prawns were surprisingly bland…

Maybe I’m spoiled by living near an amazing Indian restaurant (Chez Mumtaj) but I just wasn’t that impressed… And it wasn’t cheap so I don’t think I’ll be going back… Well not for the food – they did serve a delicious desert wine Tokay Rotleibel Vendanges Tardives (Domaine Rolly-Gassmann, France) which I may well go back for 😉


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