Inspired by the Colonial Indian social and sports clubs bearing the same name, Gymkhana us set to open next month in Mayfair. The restaurant will be a second venture for Karam Sethi, who earned his first Michelin star last year as Patron Chef of Trishna London. The new venue will serve modern Indian food with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill.
Signature dishes will combine British ingredients with Indian techniques and will include club style nashtas (Indian all-day snack fare), club sharing plates of tandoori kebabs and sigri grills, and seasonal curries and biryanis in the Dum Pukht style. Traditional Indian breads will be cooked on the tandoor and tawa skillet and there will be a feast menu available for groups – with game bird feasts, Goan suckling pig, Lucknowi kid goat raan and tandoori guinea fowl.
Gymkhana will specialise in modern interpretations of traditional East Indian punch tavern drinks and or the first time in London, a bar will feature a range of spirits, tonics and mixers from the sub-continent, including feni and arrack. Trishna Sommelier and Zagat 30 under 30 award winner, Sunaina Sethi, has devised the wine list.
B3 Designers (the team behind Imli Street and the Pearsons Rooms) have created a décor which will reflect the grandeur of the Colonial gymkhana clubs, with the ground floor inspired by East India Punch Taverns and more intimate seating in the basement vaults.
Says Sethi: “the social and sports clubs of India have always been renowned for serving excellent tandoori and chatpatta food. Their dining culture is about sharing- frequently with copious amounts of alcohol – and I wanted to capture that sense of opulence and celebration at Gymkhana.”