I am fortunate enough to visit new restaurants every week.. It’s my hobby, my passion and trying new restaurants and experiences in London and abroad is my one true love. It’s Valentine’s eve and if you haven’t booked anything yet and you are having a panic- this place has stopped taking reservations- so get there for 5:30 and you might be in with some good luck!
Being this lucky- believe it or not, has a downside… And that is: I’ve tried and seen a lot before and so it has to be something truly unique or fantastic to get me SUPER excited. The menu at Gunpowder isn’t new- if you enjoy Indian cuisine then there isnt anything surprising (although it was my first Rasan ke bomb) BUT the food was so so SO amazing!! I honestly now rate this as my favourite place to eat in London.. And that is a HUGE statement.
The menu is small.. But just take a moment to admire the number of ‘v’s’ that you see on the menu. AMAZING!
I was hungry and ordered pretty much every veggie dish on the menu! Lets go through the menu..
1. Rasan ke bomb.. A take on pani puri. (A crispy hollow puff filled with seasoned potatoes/onions etc). Usually in a pani puri you fill the puff with a masala type of cold water. The Rasan ke Bomb is eaten with a hot and very spicy type of dhal. OMG SO GOOD! Bite, drink, bite, drink… The flavours have a rave in your mouth- its truly amazing.
2. Okra fries- salty, generously portioned, crispy and delicious. Im not even a huge okra fan but I loved this dish. It was the perfect biting for my starters!
3. Aloo Chaat- having recently reviewed the Dahi puri at Chor Bizarre, i felt bad and thought I was overly critical about the lack on flavour in the dhai puri. The Aloo chaat at Gunpowder was made very similarly but they had a lot more seasoning and there was that tanginess from the amli/tamarind! It was so delicious and I pretty much devoured the entire dish. So so good- i’d reccomend asking for some green chutney and mixing a bit in as well.. *stomach rumbles again*
4. Green chutney sandwich- a bite into the sandwich and i was transported back to snack time in nairobi. The lilly (green) chutney was truly reminiscent of my life in Kenya- every bite made me miss my mum & dad and I’ll be bringing them here soon just to try this out. It was so good- we ordered a second one and the chef was kind enough to make it even though the kitchen had just closed.
5. Saag with Paneer- if you have read my previous posts on Indian restaurants eg. Abercorn, Carlton Lounge, Chor Bizarre and even Le Bab, you will know that I am fussy with my paneer. I was convinced Gunpowder would get this wrong because so far they were perfect and I need something to whinge about. The only thing I can whinge about is having nothing to whinge about because the paneer and saag was delicious mixed with the rice.
To drink i had the Pani Puri Martini- i probably wouldn’t have it again but that because Im not a fan of Sanchar (Indiany black salt)- but it added to the experience.
I couldn’t rate this place any higher- they are no longer taking reservations so get there early or join a queue… However you do it, make sure you go- you won’t be disappointed!!!
Love, Ria xxx