Review on Gunpowder

Tucked away on White's Row, a short walk from Spitalfields Market, Gunpowder is a diminutive restaurant seating just 28 diners that has caught the eye of critics and foodies alike for its home-style Indian dishes, inspired by family recipes. Inside it has an industrial vibe with exposed brick walls, bare filament bulbs and lampshades made from curry house stainless steel relish bowls dangle from the ceiling over simple wooden tables. A relaxed and buzzy atmosphere, there's a small bar towards the rear and a few extra seats in the window.

Head Chef Nirmal Save earned his culinary strips at the The Oberoi in his hometown of Mumbai, as well as critically acclaimed restaurants such as the Tamarind in Mayfair and Zaika in Kensington. Featuring a series of small plates with the menu displayed on a large blackboard, the restaurant's name is a reference to the freshly made daily spice mix used in the preparation of the dishes.

Standout dishes include Gunpowder aloo chaat and the succulent Maa's kashmiri lamb chops, but elsewhere there's much to enjoy in the shape of Aunty Sulu's wild rabbit pulao or karwari soft shell crab saag with tandoori paneer. Desserts don't disappoint either witness old monk rum pudding or the molten spice chocolate cake with masala chai custard.

To complement the food there's a selection wines, beers, ales and ciders as well as a small cocktail menu featuring a Cuba Libre with masala coke.

Gunpowder is also featured in: Michelin Guide

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Nirmal Save

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 11.30am - 2.30pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 11.00pm Mon-Sat

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Facilities at Gunpowder

  • Vegetarian menu
  • 28 covers


11 White’s Row
East London
E1 7NF

Nearest tube station: Liverpool Street

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