Gunpowder

4.4
98 reviews
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Gunpowder is a home-style Indian Kitchen in Spitalfields, inspired by family recipes and the vibrant, confident flavours of home cooking.

11 White’s Row, E1 7NF

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The Infatuation
8.8

Gunpowder is a simply designed little restaurant off Commercial Street serving extremely inventive takes on Indian food that will blow your mind.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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London
271 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Gunpowder has a fantastic menu and delicious, imaginative dishes. Highly recommended!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food!

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

So cramped together, can’t sit together with other half and have a nice meal. Food was soooo bad

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and different.
Small cosy place.
Indian food as I nevet tasted before

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OT
London
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good food, venue is a bit cramped but you come here for the food

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Really good flavours and innovative dishes! Especially if your looking for a different twist on Indian food. I can’t recommend this place enough

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OT
London
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good quality meat and tasty food with good portion sizes. The restaurant is quite compact and so the tables are close together which meant there was not a lot of privacy.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

School canteen style format with dim lighting. I can’t give a full opinion of the menu as only one of my 2 dishes arrived . The ribs I had , were just syrup and mono sodium glutamate.where was the Indian influence! I’m particularly disappointed as I was impressed by the gunpowder book , which boasted an extensive knowledge of several regions of traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist .Seeing other people’s food turning up , looked mediocre at best . The gunpowder masala spice on my husbands dish , was heavy with cinnamon and dominated any other spice used in it .

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P
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was lovely so can’t complain but pirtions smaller than I recall from the last visit. The waitress could have been more helpful with recommendations after advising the lamb was quite big. It wasn’t.
This was my one of my fav restaurants but for some reason the staff were not as accommodating or helpful as previous visits. Food is still amazing though.

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RA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Way too expensive, wayyyy to noisey! Food didn’t match the costs

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NW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty tapas style Indian food, great for sharing.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The crab was outstanding. Nice outmosphere. Interesting food. Fun area of town. I'll be going back.

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food in a simple environment. I would definitely recommend the saag (the best I've ever had) and the soft shell crab.

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BF
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Not very good venue and not a good drinks choice food was ok but booked a table for 17:30 and when we got there 10 min early we then had to wait till 18:00 before they would start to make the food, wasn’t bad food but still a little disappointed

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M
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Another delicious lunch at one of the best Indian spots in town - the food was better than ever. Highlights were soft-shelled crab, pulled duck, fennel fish cakes and more.

I would get a table here if you can!

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LW
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Obviously well sought after and successful restaurant, food was good but service average and we ended up not getting the signature dish of lamb chops. Maybe we caught a bad night..

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P
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The must have starter, hot spicy shot of soup with a round dhosa set a great standard that the rest of the meal matched. I shared a salad, a soft shell crab and a sticky pork rib dish with a friend. Each plate just kept getting better than the one before, we thought. The wine was good, fresh and inexpensive. Book now. There were queues of wanna be walk-ins.

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SR
London
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, along with a brilliant atmosphere. A litt neighbourhood gem!!

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S
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and it just gets better. Service was very personal, thoughtful and kind. Food just extraodinary, nice bottle of Chablis to wash it down, faultless

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EP
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t recommend enough. Delicious! It is a sharing menu so gives you the opportunity to try lots of different dishes!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Great food but too desperate to get you out to really enjoy. Great if you’re in a hurry but practically removing you’re food before you’re finished.

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TC
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Don't really want to recommend Gunpowder as it is small and you have to wait for a table. The fewer people that know how good it is, the better (for me!). Have now managed to have everything on the menu at least twice. Not to be missed: egg curry masala, tandoori paneer, aloo chaat, venison 'doughtnut', and the soft shell crab.

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b
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard to pick favorites! Egg malsala. Soft shell crab. Venison doughnut. Lamb chops

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TO
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The space is small, cozy and modern. And the food is unreal! Definitely suggest the lamb chops and spicy venison donut. The service was decent save we felt very rushed through our meal. The space is tiny so I can understand needing to turn tables quickly to avoid a long wait time, I just wish we could have savored our meal more rather than being pressed to leave. Overall we loved the food and will definitely return.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time and the food continues to stand out. Great opportunity to try lots of flavours and stumble over some great dishes that might well not have been ordered if the style of dining had been more traditional.

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V
New England
28 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was EXCELLENT. We ordered the okra fries twice-- to die for!.
The service was incredible.

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PB
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place. The sag paneer is to die for, omg. I would return just for that dish alone. All dishes would very nice but that one stood out as an all time great

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

This was a rather disappointing experience. The food was amazing - the best modern Indian I have had in a long time. However the service was shockingly bad. Confusingly so in this day and age and for a hip restaurant in London. We arrived at 12pm for a 12pm reservation. The restaurant was closed - staff still cleaning it up. They kept us waiting for about 15 mins without apology and were apathetic bordering on rude when my friend inquired when they would open. Service didn’t improve much later with a bored waitress asking us twice which bottle of wine we ordered (despite our pointing to it) and then bringing us the wrong bottle anyway. Mistakes can be excused but she continued to maintain that it was the bottle we had asked for. There were no niceties. The staff engaged in some sort of half muffled fight where one person was told to go home. All this in a Restaurant the size of a spacious corridor.

The only plus point was the food was DELICIOUS and the wine was good.

Mixed feelings here. I would go back for the food but without improving its abysmal service, this restaurant is going nowhere.

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JS
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian food ever
Staff helpful
Kitchen serving great food
Beer and drinks quite pricey

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SW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious! Light, modern Indian. Excellent location.

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BL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Every thing was delicious, especially the lamb chops and the aloo chaat.

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AD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food full of flavour. Perfect if you like Indian food with a tapas twist. Good service and booking is essential.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously good food. Every thing we ordered was delicious and I only wish I could have managed to eat & try more of the dishes! It's a perfect place to share and was a lovely place to celebrate me & my partners anniversary. I definitely recommend and I will be going again to try more of the menu.

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R
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brought first-timers and they enjoyed the food! It was tasty, portions were good and a suitable place for a quick team meal

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DP
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was very helpful walking us thru the menu and giving recommendations. We really enjoyed it

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UD
London
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best indian food I have tasted. So fresh , mouthwatering and moorish. Waitors were very helpful with recommending dishes.

Very small inside, so go early in order to have a seat.

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K
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was out second visit to Gunpowder after being left craving another visit straight after our first time here! The food is like nothing else on earth it's so fresh and flavoursome I just wish it was closer to me as I'd definitely be a regular diner here!

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s
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gunpowder was brought to our attention by an Indian friend of ours - her nephew owns it. So we decided we had to try it, and boy, we were not disappointed. The restaurant is quite small and we had read reviews saying how people had to queue, so we booked a table just in case. The food was delicious, and unlike any other Indian food we have tried ( we have travelled a lot). We ordered quite a lot for a lunchtime and I was a bit worried that we might not finish it. The waiter reassured me that they had takeaway boxes, but the food was so good we did manage to eat it all. We had the rasam ke bomb, gunpowder aloo chat, porzhi okra fries, the pulled duck, the pork ribs, and half a mustard broccoli. We will definitely be going again.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend this place for a group meal. It's sharing food. Not good for a date.

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t
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was tasty, I enjoyed the shot glass soup with a crispy puri on top covering a creamy mash potato. I enjoyed most of the food, though I think for the money it isn't enough of a long enjoyable evening, and I think £12 for a broccoli is too steep.
I wouldn't come here again though as it was too crowded, and therefore noisy. Glad I was here for a casual dinner and not an occasion. Almost sitting on the couple next to us.
Very small drinks/ pudding menu.
The website with an out of date (by four months) sample menu also annoyed me, as did the lack of response to a question on social media.
I would give this place 6/10.

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