Gunpowder Indian Restaurant
Nestled away on Spiatfield’s White’s Row; Gunpowder has earnt its stripes as one of London’s cubbyhole kitchens, serving up a carefully selected menu of North and South Indian cuisine in a relaxed no-frills setting.
This family run outfit does away with the typical British Indian fanfare and introduces high quality small plates from their tapas-style menu.
Gunpowder doesn’t take reservations, so peak times will likely incur a short waiting time. With little space to wait inside, it’s advisabe to visit their sister bar across the road for a few pre-dinner drinks whilst you wait on your coveted table.
To start with, the rasam ke bomb will add a fiery kick to your dining experience. This staple South Indian soup is served in a neat shot glass. Next up, the okra fries are perfectly crispy, without losing the texture and flavour of this much-loved green. The venison and vermicilli doughnut offers an unusual twist to a typical Indian vada.
Once you’ve made your way through the smaller sharing plates, it’s time for the main event. The baby chicken and tandoori lamb chops are simply divine. Flavoursome, tender and cutely presented. There’s no doubt the meat quality at Gunpowder is in another league.
The soft shell crab is a clever introduction to coastal cuisine, by offering an innovative twist on the usual seafood favourites. Crispy and lemony – think fried calamari minus the excessive chewing and rubbery texture. This is one of Gunpowder’s signature dishes and not one to be missed!
To wrap up: for dessert there are two permanent fixtures, a dark chocolate-spiced cake or a desi-style rum pudding. Watch out for any seasonal specials they may have such as the recent apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. A delectable sweet treat to end your meal with.