May 11, 2018
Echoes of the British Raj abound in this swish new Mayfair venue by the team behind Trishna. The bar area is a clubby masculine space, all dark wood and old photographs of polo playing types with ample moustaches. A contemporary recreation of an Indian punch house, a brass bar dominates the room. Elsewhere in the building there is wicker and taxidermy aplenty. Cocktails are often subtly spiced, reflecting the Indian influence. Take The Spice Monopoly, a blend of house-spiced rum and coconut cream served with a delicate orange blossom ice cream. The Queen’s Club Cocktail mixes vodka, cloves, coriander seed and lemon zest syrup, with a measure of hot earl grey Tea while gin drinkers need to try the Quinine Tonic, a inventive blend of gin, tonic syrup, ginger, fresh curry leaf, lemon and egg white, to create something that tastes like a classic G&T paired with a classic sour. And everyone needs to try the Flutterby, essentially an absinthe-laced lassi made with cucumber, dill and yoghurt. A boozy yet refreshing drink which pairs extraordinarily well with the restaurant’s contemporary Indian cuisine. There are a number of punches, priced by the serve, including the elaborate Regents Punch, a potent mix of Ceylon Arrack, Cognac, dark rum, lemon juice, orange juice, and tea which comes sealed in a bottle and served with a whole nutmeg, which you can grate over your drink, along with a small carafe of Champagne. There’s also a section of the menu given over to variants and the G&T and some booze-free lassis too. The prices are about standard for Mayfair.
Main photo credits: Gymkhana official website