Tuesday 18th February will see Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, Gymkhana on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street reopen its doors following a highly anticipated refurbishment. Inspired by the elite clubs of India where members of high society socialise, eat and drink and play sport, the restaurant has been synonymous with classic and contemporary, boldly spiced chatpatta Indian food since it won its first star in 2014.
Michelin-starred food and beverage offering
Jitin Joshi, Executive Chef at Gymkhana will continue to lead the kitchen bringing to life bold Pan Indian flavours with classic favourites such as; Chettinad Duck Dosa with Coconut Chutney, Kid Goat Methi Keema with Salli and Pao, Wild Muntjac Biryani and Duck Egg Langoustine Bhurji with Malabar Paratha. In addition, there will be a selection of new dishes to try including, Multani Baby Raan, Keralan Toddy Shaapu Wild Tiger Prawns,Game Bird Baida Roti served with Girolle Achaar and Bombay Gymkhana Club Vegetable Cutlet with Masala Ketchup.
Guests will also be able to enjoy an impressive new cocktail menu at the newly designed bars, showcasing the finest Indian ingredients and flavour combinations with a collection of Club Cocktails offering a modern Indian interpretation on renowned classics. New cocktails include the Peach Blow Fizz made with green mango and tropical citrus flavours, paired with Tanqueray gin, frozen yogurt, egg white and soda, and a refined House Martini inspired by the original dirty martini garnished with an olive brine poppadum.
Gin aficionados will be able to enjoy the new pink gin & tonic list served with Gymkhana’s own tonic water. While those looking to experiment will be able to explore the new gin flavour map, allowing guests to perfectly pair each gin with ingredients and garnishes unique to different Indian regions. Gymkhana’s wine list will continue to champion a refined and all-encompassing offering, showcasing the very best representations from across the globe that marry together with the wealth of spice and aromatic flavours in Gymkhana’s dishes. The new list has increased it representations from classic growing regions, as well as championing the best South African wines with a comprehensive selection from the Western Cape. Guests will also find a broad range of recently added German and Swiss wines on the new list.
Those looking for something stronger will be able to choose from a range of impressive Indian whiskies or a selection of Indian beers including Gymkhana x Harbour Brewers latest Tropical Cyclone Mango IPA. Cooling Indian soft drinks will also be on offer including; Jal Jeera with Chaat Masala flavours, lime and Ginger Ale or Seasonal Nimbu Pani made with salted bergamot lemonade.
Ground Floor & Bar design
The redesign of Gymkhana’s new interiors has been spearheaded by recently appointed Samuel Hosker, Design Director at JKS Restaurants and is the first inhouse interior project from the JKS Restaurants team. Guest will enter to tones of jade green, polished dark timber and metallic accents paired with rich printed fabrics; Gymkhana will keep its original colourway on the ground floor. Partly inspired by residential mansions of Kolkata and Pondicherry, the space will continue to house its intimate booth seating covered in brass buttoned leather, and Edwardian-inspired banquettes with joinery eluding to the luggage trunks of the British India era. Decorative wall hangings, a vast collection of photography and subtle taxidermy will bring to life this residential style, whilst preserving its much-loved clubhouse feel. The new interiors will be complimented with an array of original Gymkhana features including hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur to Grandmother Sethi’s barometer, cut glass wall lamps from Jaipur and traditional fans hung from the oak ceilings. The ground-floor bar will take inspiration from an Edwardian drawing room cabinet, wrapped in lacquered cane with smoked antique decorative glass panels, a mirrored ceiling and carved wood detailing.
Basement & Bar design
The basement will be re-modelled allowing for a convivial club lounge feel with hues of peach, Kashmiri chili red and contrasting graphic Indian carpeting surrounded by a showcase of artwork from India. Subtle elements of north-Indian architecture have formed the visual inspiration with bespoke seating championing the classic ‘Chandigarh chair’ designed by Pierre Jeanneret. This modern approach to a classic Indian piece of design has helped create a young and vivacious ambience to the lower-ground dining room. The re-positioned bar, framed by an ornate carved wood architrave, will offer a jewel-box shaped bar area with rattan shelving, leather clad scalloped bar fascia and accompanying campaign style furniture.
The Private Dining Vaults
The Private Dining Vaults have equally been lightly remodelled, offering varying dining experiences with the two different palettes – hues of peach, Kashmiri chili red and the second in deep ocean blues. Both will include banquette and bespoke chair designs, with one Vault housing an impressive wine cabinet.
Reservations lines will open Tuesday 4th February on 0203 011 5900 and online bookings will be available via https://gymkhanalondon.com/.