Gunpowder

4.4
107 reviews
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Gunpowder is a home-style Indian Kitchen in Spitalfields, inspired by family recipes and the vibrant, confident flavours of home cooking.

11 White’s Row, E1 7NF

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The Infatuation
8.8

Gunpowder is a simply designed little restaurant off Commercial Street serving extremely inventive takes on Indian food that will blow your mind.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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BM
Buckinghamshire
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gunpowder is a very intimate restaurant and has a cosy feel. There is a one page menu to select your food from, but it provides enough selection. The food comes out in little plates, so it's like tapas style dining. The food was delicious, the lamb chops are an absolute must! there was a lot of variety, you could have authentic style food or indian food with a bit of a twist. It's not the type of restaurant where you sit for hours, but they're certainly not rushing you out of the door.

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I
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, tasty, different - well worth a visit. Small and noisy when it's full but a good atmosphere.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazing flavours! The venison donut is a must. The aloo chaat was surprisingly delicious and they elevate the humble potato to new heights!

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food outstanding. Can’t wait to go back and sample more dishes from the menu!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing dishes and not your typical curry meal. Exceptional spin on your favorite flavors but spun up with Kale, duck and other exceptional proteins and less carbs.

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E
London
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Tiny backstreet restaurant worth finding. Excellent food served as sharing dishes, fresh and innovative. If you're looking for a casual dining experience this is a great little restaurant, the only downside would be that the service was unfriendly.

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely LOVE the food here. I am a foodie, and cook Indian food, but this is sublime. A bit noisy though.

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CK
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s an amazing dining experience with good food and good service! Love this cute Indian restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service

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S
London
275 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Gunpowder has a fantastic menu and delicious, imaginative dishes. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food!

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

So cramped together, can’t sit together with other half and have a nice meal. Food was soooo bad

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and different.
Small cosy place.
Indian food as I nevet tasted before

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OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food, venue is a bit cramped but you come here for the food

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good flavours and innovative dishes! Especially if your looking for a different twist on Indian food. I can’t recommend this place enough

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OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good quality meat and tasty food with good portion sizes. The restaurant is quite compact and so the tables are close together which meant there was not a lot of privacy.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

School canteen style format with dim lighting. I can’t give a full opinion of the menu as only one of my 2 dishes arrived . The ribs I had , were just syrup and mono sodium glutamate.where was the Indian influence! I’m particularly disappointed as I was impressed by the gunpowder book , which boasted an extensive knowledge of several regions of traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist .Seeing other people’s food turning up , looked mediocre at best . The gunpowder masala spice on my husbands dish , was heavy with cinnamon and dominated any other spice used in it .

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P
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was lovely so can’t complain but pirtions smaller than I recall from the last visit. The waitress could have been more helpful with recommendations after advising the lamb was quite big. It wasn’t.
This was my one of my fav restaurants but for some reason the staff were not as accommodating or helpful as previous visits. Food is still amazing though.

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RA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too expensive, wayyyy to noisey! Food didn’t match the costs

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NW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty tapas style Indian food, great for sharing.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The crab was outstanding. Nice outmosphere. Interesting food. Fun area of town. I'll be going back.

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a
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food in a simple environment. I would definitely recommend the saag (the best I've ever had) and the soft shell crab.

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Not very good venue and not a good drinks choice food was ok but booked a table for 17:30 and when we got there 10 min early we then had to wait till 18:00 before they would start to make the food, wasn’t bad food but still a little disappointed

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M
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Another delicious lunch at one of the best Indian spots in town - the food was better than ever. Highlights were soft-shelled crab, pulled duck, fennel fish cakes and more.

I would get a table here if you can!

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Obviously well sought after and successful restaurant, food was good but service average and we ended up not getting the signature dish of lamb chops. Maybe we caught a bad night..

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P
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The must have starter, hot spicy shot of soup with a round dhosa set a great standard that the rest of the meal matched. I shared a salad, a soft shell crab and a sticky pork rib dish with a friend. Each plate just kept getting better than the one before, we thought. The wine was good, fresh and inexpensive. Book now. There were queues of wanna be walk-ins.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, along with a brilliant atmosphere. A litt neighbourhood gem!!

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and it just gets better. Service was very personal, thoughtful and kind. Food just extraodinary, nice bottle of Chablis to wash it down, faultless

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EP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t recommend enough. Delicious! It is a sharing menu so gives you the opportunity to try lots of different dishes!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food but too desperate to get you out to really enjoy. Great if you’re in a hurry but practically removing you’re food before you’re finished.

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TC
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don't really want to recommend Gunpowder as it is small and you have to wait for a table. The fewer people that know how good it is, the better (for me!). Have now managed to have everything on the menu at least twice. Not to be missed: egg curry masala, tandoori paneer, aloo chaat, venison 'doughtnut', and the soft shell crab.

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b
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard to pick favorites! Egg malsala. Soft shell crab. Venison doughnut. Lamb chops

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TO
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The space is small, cozy and modern. And the food is unreal! Definitely suggest the lamb chops and spicy venison donut. The service was decent save we felt very rushed through our meal. The space is tiny so I can understand needing to turn tables quickly to avoid a long wait time, I just wish we could have savored our meal more rather than being pressed to leave. Overall we loved the food and will definitely return.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time and the food continues to stand out. Great opportunity to try lots of flavours and stumble over some great dishes that might well not have been ordered if the style of dining had been more traditional.

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V
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT. We ordered the okra fries twice-- to die for!.
The service was incredible.

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place. The sag paneer is to die for, omg. I would return just for that dish alone. All dishes would very nice but that one stood out as an all time great

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This was a rather disappointing experience. The food was amazing - the best modern Indian I have had in a long time. However the service was shockingly bad. Confusingly so in this day and age and for a hip restaurant in London. We arrived at 12pm for a 12pm reservation. The restaurant was closed - staff still cleaning it up. They kept us waiting for about 15 mins without apology and were apathetic bordering on rude when my friend inquired when they would open. Service didn’t improve much later with a bored waitress asking us twice which bottle of wine we ordered (despite our pointing to it) and then bringing us the wrong bottle anyway. Mistakes can be excused but she continued to maintain that it was the bottle we had asked for. There were no niceties. The staff engaged in some sort of half muffled fight where one person was told to go home. All this in a Restaurant the size of a spacious corridor.

The only plus point was the food was DELICIOUS and the wine was good.

Mixed feelings here. I would go back for the food but without improving its abysmal service, this restaurant is going nowhere.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian food ever
Staff helpful
Kitchen serving great food
Beer and drinks quite pricey

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious! Light, modern Indian. Excellent location.

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Every thing was delicious, especially the lamb chops and the aloo chaat.

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