Pow! My dinner at newly opened Gunpowder was a tasty meal – and one I’d recommend to folks foraging for full flavoured Indian food.
With a “made to share” menu based on family recipes collected by Founder Harneet Baweja and Head Chef Nirmal Save, this small and cosy Spitalfields eatery sits just a block from Brick Lane. But don’t expect to get your balti fix here. Come to Gunpowder for hearty eats backed with sophisticated heat.
Dishes like the rich Chettinad pulled duck served with homemade oothappam (£7.50) and Maa’s Kashmiri lamb chops (£8.90) please diners in search of umph-y flavour with a slow cooked results perfect for meaty feasting, while menu highlights – such as the Sigree grilled mustard broccoli (whole £8.50, half £5.50) – confirm there’s a lot more to the kitchen doings than hammering one’s palate with a mega load of protein.
Desserts are definitely worth saving room for. I especially enjoyed the Old Monk Rum Pudding (£5.50).
As ideal as I found Gunpowder to be for a proper sitdown, it’s an equally smart choice for a quick bite or a few rounds of drinks. The dining and bar area is an evocatively lit nook with cool design features: lights made from clusters of chutney pots, a bar built from the backrests of old curry house chairs.
There’s a range of classic and house specialty cocktails, a good wine list (a bottle of house recommended Malbec did delicious justice to my meal), and a great selection of tea.
Service is personable and efficient.
A great little local exuding with charm and pride, Gunpowder is located at 11 White’s Row, E1 7NF. Find out more at gunpowderlondon.com.