Gymkhana

4.8
62 reviews
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Located in Mayfair, Gymkhana is inspired by the colonial British-Indian ‘gymkhana’ clubs. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients with a strong focus on the tandoori oven and chatpatta sharing dishes in a convivial environment.

The bar at Gymkhana specialises in classic Indian punches and cocktails - fusing spices with Indian spirits and a carefully selected gin and tonic list. The dining room is flanked by marble tables and fluted, leather banquettes. Gymkhana offers two private dining vaults either side of the lower ground floor with seating for 9 to 14 guests.

Gymkhana was awarded a Michelin star in 2014.

What Insiders Are Saying

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Gymkhana is the best Indian restaurant in London, an upscale establishment serving elevated classics and an incredible biryani.

Ratings 9.0-9.8:If the 8.5-9.0s are the restaurants you’ll frequent for more than just special occasions, the 9.0-9.8s are the all time great restaurants of their city. Restaurants that will be around 20 years from now, assuming the Earth is still around.
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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb experience. The Hunters Menu was excellent along with the wine pairing. Anna, who served us, was incredible.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome food!

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SS
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. Fantastic food . Their lamb chops are delicious. Definitely will go back . The set menu is very reasonably priced available early bird offer .

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a
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food. Super tasty

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1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated two friends having their 50th birthdays. The food and drinks were outstanding and the restaurant (unprompted) did a special desert for the table at no charge.

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MH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Curry was refined. The amount of food was a lot even with the 5 course tasting. Kheer and Mango chutney tasted like my grandmother used to make it. Just great Indian food thats cooked well. Shrimp curry was my favorite

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RP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Items ordered (chicken tikka, prawn moilee, chicken tandoori) all super flavorful.

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London
55 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food & cocktails were really delicious. Good service. Great ambiance. Expensive but perfect for special occasions.

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

Leaving dinner

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, ambiance and service.

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M
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food and service and always a must every time we come to London. Some of the best Indian food we have have ever had. Just a fair warning - ask the wait staff about the level of spice in the dishes before ordering if you are sensitive to spice. Some of the dishes will knock your socks off if you order them.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Went for a birthday!
Great staff, so attentive, polite and friendly.
Very accommodating when I said I had a nut allergy and was vegetarian.
Food was not as good as I had anticipated, but great portion sizes and value for money.
Went at lunchtime so didn’t get the full ambiance as say dinner time when it’s darker outside.
Overall would go back again though!

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Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Service was great. Not too spicy even though they tell you it’s really spicy which is good.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of the main reasons I come to London regularly!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time I have visited London with my family in the last few months, and the 2nd time we have eaten at Gymkhana. Both experiences were consistently superb.... the balance of flavors in their dishes is excellent...butter chicken, okra, eggplant, chole...all very good. One of my biggest peeves is having a great experience one time and going back the next time and the food not being the same. This is not the case at Gymkhana. Service was fantastic and the decor perfect...a throwback theme to a long ago era. Well done!!

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W
Montreal
47 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I wanted to try Gymkhana after reading the reviews, but the awful service made the entire experience dreadful. My reservations were at 2pm, but I didn’t leave until 4:15 since no one came to clear our table and to give us our bill. I had to ask for the menus and had to ask for water. This was by far the worse service I experienced in London. This is unacceptable for a supposed Michelin Star restaurant.

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London
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lunch tasting menu- absolutely fantastic. Service as well was great.

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M
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Hella spicy but delicious. Very good food and service was highly attentive.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Amazing, to die for appetizers. Didn't get as lucky with main course. Chicken chunks in masala could have been better. Sag paneer texture should be less like creamed spinach and more like curry. Nan can be better. I still cant wait to go back and try different stuff.

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b
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down best fine dining Indian I’ve ever had, inventive and authentic at the same time. Cocktails were also amazing.

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AP
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and even better food. Will be our first stop next time we are in London.

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NR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal. We were mistakenly late for our reservation between lunch and dinner. The staff was very gracious in accommodating us after our mistake. Every single item we ordered was scrumptious!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a really wonderful lunch at Gymkhana. Special thanks to the waiting staff for their excellent service, everyone was very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The birthday candle was a nice extra touch, much appreciated. The food was a culinary delight. Thank you!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and ambiance. Perfect!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great cocktails, lovely attentive service.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience.

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MS
London
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my boyfriend’s bday and we really enjoyed the food and the special bday treat in the end

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London
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

We booked a table for 2 at 2:30pm to have my BDay celebration lunch. This was our first time visiting Gymkhana following a lot of positive reviews.
We arrived slightly later, approx at 2:40. The waiter gave us the menus, announced that the kitchen wad closing in 5min and disappeared.
We were lost thinking that we had to leave as we couldn’t order this quickly without any help from the waiter. Then we fought him and asked to clarify if we still had time to order but instead he offered us to speak with the manager. The manager arrived and explained that we could stay and still had time to order food.
Stressful and rushed welcome made us feel really unwelcome but we decided to stay as we had no alternative plans.
We simply quickly followed food advice from another waiter.
The food was too spicy for our taste. Unfortunately the waiter didn’t tell us that it’s the “real Indian food” which was very spicy. I couldn’t finish half of my food.
Overall disappointing experience thanks to a bad welcome and rushed ordering. Wouldn’t come back or recommend visiting.

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J
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was great and we really enjoyed the experience

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P
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The muntjac biryani is to die for, but all the food was great. The service was warm and knowledgeable but seemed a bit overwhelmed at times. Highly recommend.

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London
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Indian restaurant that I’ve ever eaten - the menu isn’t extensive but absolutely superb.
The care and attention from the staff, whilst not intrusive, is exceptional. Our waitress notice I was struggling with the level of spiciness of my dish and, without asking, she brought me a mango lassi - outstanding service!

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London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian restaurant in London

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N
Canberra / ACT
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicuous flavourful food matched with cheeky cocktails or confident wine pairings. Try the kid goat! Critically this place doesn’t use spice for its own sake but rather to tanstilise and tempt your taste buds. Definitely worth the trip to this tucked away oasis oozing with flavour. As with all good dining experiences staff were friendly fun and obliging.

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LJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Hand’s Down BEST Indian food we have ever had. Every dish was superb and we were only sad we didn’t have room to try more. Our stand out dishes were the Kid Goat appetizer (with addition) and Chicken Butter Masala to die for. All of servers were very friendly and helpful.

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LA
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian meals I have ever had.

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k
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the US and I must say this is the best Indian food I have had. Full of flavor and perfection. You can taste every ingredient in the delicious meals. Drinks are also amazing. You must try it!!

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DB
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always loved Indian food but never have I had it at such an elevated level but with so little pretension. The food, service and ambience were exceptional. Go for lunch, do the tasting menu with the wine pairings and leave well fed and delighted. Make sure you engage with the staff as they are very knowledgeable and helpful.

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great interior, above average food! Would recommend to friends to dine here for good experience!!!

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RT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliable, high quality, delicious Indian cuisine. The chicken butter masala is perfect.

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HU
London
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The experience was very nice, but we were hoping for more of a culinary experience given the reputation. Excellent chutney and keema.

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