The Sathi Family Presents – Gymkhana, a Colorful and Soulful Culinary Experience
The Gymkhana restaurant was opened in 2013 by the three British-Indian siblings Karam, Sunaina and Jyotin Sethi. Karam, the middle brother, created the concept and menu, Jyotin, the eldest, is in charge of accounting, and Suniana, the youngest of the three, is the restaurant's sommelier.
Gymkhana has received a Micheline star for its classic and contemporary Indian cuisine and raving reviews from leading restaurant critics. The menu features excellent tandoori dishes like Achari roe deer chops in pickling spices, clove smoke and mustard mooli, and Gilafi buffalo seekh kebab garnished with coriander and black salt chutney. It also has an impressive wine list with special wines from all corners of the world.
Authentic Indian Cuisine in the Heart of London
What makes Gymkhana special in comparison to other Indian restaurants in London, is the authenticity of the tastes. The spice levels are not lowered to match the expectations of the western palate. Gymkhana’s dishes are fiery hot and full of flavor. They will impress even Indian diners who are well familiar with their country's cuisine.
The décor is based on the internal design of the Indian gymkhana clubs—elite social and sporting clubs of colonial India from the Raj era. The main dining room is set out with brass-edged tables, ceiling fans, dark wood paneling, and lamps made of cut glass from Jaipur. Sepia hunting photographs line the walls, and a large marble bar and antique leaded mirror greet you as you enter.
Downstairs is a bar designed to mimic a 17th century East India punch house where one can enjoy a classic cocktail infused with Indian spices and spirits, and relax in comfortable leather booths and banquettes.
Gymkhana's menu offers many chatpatta dishes, which are designed to be shared and contribute to the friendly and familial atmosphere. A festive menu has been created especially for Christmas and New Year, so if you are going to be in London for the holidays, be sure to reserve a table.
We were recently in London on a family vacation and had the chance to eat at Gymkhana - it was one of our best meals of the trip. Our favorite dishes were the Ceylon Jheenga Curry, which was incredibly flavorful and yet mild enough for our kids to eat, Ajwaini Scallops, Butter Chicken and Kid Goat Methi Keema. I'm looking forward to going back to try more incredible dishes.