Review on Gymkhana
Following on from the success of Michelin-starred Trishna in Marylebone, chef patron Karam Sethi has launched Gymkhana in Mayfair on the former site of Korean restaurant Kaya. The restaurant takes its name from the Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs created by the British Raj, where members of the high society went to play sport and socialise.
Spread over two floors with a ground floor dining room and a basement bar, the moodily lit interiors have been transformed by B3 Designers. Ceiling fans hang from the dark lacquered ceiling, cut glass wall lamps from Jaipur, hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Sethi's grandmother's barometer all add to the authenticity of the era of Colonial India. Dark wood panelling features nostalgic sports photos and bitter chocolate button leather banquettes are set in partitioned booths with marble topped tables. The lower ground floor takes inspiration from a 17th Century East India punch house, ideal for private dining, featuring a grand aged brass bar with blue leather booths and banquettes, including two secluded sunken vaults for seating larger groups.
Sethi brings innovative contemporary Indian cuisine to Gymkhana, showcasing traditional elements in a modern adaption with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill. The kitchen kicks off in true style with kid goat methi keema, salli, pao or duck egg bhurji, lobster, malabar paratha. Main courses embrace seasonal curries and biryanis or diners could choose Achari wild roe deer, mooli pickle, roe deer keema naan. To finish there are desserts in the shape of rose kulfi falooda, rose jelly, vermicelli, basundi and wild basil seeds or carrot halwa tart, cardomom malai.
Sethi's sister, Trishna a Zagat award winner has compiled an exceptional wine menu that roams the globe including offerings from lesser known vineyards. There's also creative cocktails showcasing classic Indian punches, together with a specialised gin and tonic list, absinthe, arrack, lagers and Indian pale ales. The restaurant was the recipient of a coveted Michelin star in the 2015 edition of the Guide.
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Karam Sethi and Jitin Joshi
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.15pm Mon-Sat