Gaylord London, sister restaurant to Gaylord in Mumbai, has just celebrated its 50th birthday, and has remained a popular Indian restaurant for many in London. For us, it has been the venue of many lunches, dinners and occasions, and with its classic decor, simplistic style, it has stayed consistent over the years both in decor and good, authentic Indian food.
While we pondered over what to eat, we enjoyed tucking into the papad with the 3 accompanying chutneys. They were mango, mint and coriander and a pickle.
For drinks, I chose a classic Mojito and it was lovely and refreshing, and surprisingly complimented the food well with its zesty tones.
First up was the Gol Gappa shots, presented beautifully. Each puri was crispy, crunchy and had a fantastic texture. They were filled with coriander chickpea tabbouleh, potato cubes, dates, a jaggery sauce and served with spiced aromatic water in a shot glass, known as “pani” which was tangy, refreshing and flavoursome.
The idea is that you fill the centre of each puri with the liquid and then eat it in one go so you experience a burst of different flavours and sensations with each one. One of my favourite street food dishes ever and this was great fun to eat as well as delicious.
Lamb chops were up next, and these were marinated really well, were melt in your mouth and absolutely divine.
Aloo Papri Chaat is another street food favourite and are crisp flour pancake spheres with chickpeas, potatoes, yoghurt, mint and a tamarind chutney. This was well balanced between sweet, sour and tangy and a real delight to eat.
The Lamb Shammi Kebabs, which is one of their speciality dishes, was extraordinary. It had been prepared for hours, the flavours were delicate and it was a real pleasure to eat.
The Lamb Seekh kebabs were our final choice from the starters, and this was A’s favourite from the starters, and he loved the deep smokey flavours, and the texture and taste.
For mains, after a semi self-induced food coma, we thought it would be prudent to share and went for Butter Chicken, which is tandoori chicken deboned and cooked in a classic tomato gravy with butter and cream. Also known as Murg Makhani. This is my standard mains order in most Indian restaurants and I adored this.
Buttered naan breads accompanied this, and although really soft, fluffy and served warm, I would have liked them a tad bit thinner, but that is just my personal preference in general with naan bread. Amit thought they were perfect and this is exactly how he likes it to be.
I was really looking forward to dessert and it was everything I hoped for and more! We had the Gajar Ka halwa, which is homemade carrot pudding served hot with almond slivers. This was presented beautifully, served hot and absolutely delicious. I would have liked a little bit of ice cream on the side, but the dessert itself was so decadent I quickly became satisfied.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was fantastic. It was apparent how popular it was and also how many people were return customers, from eavesdropping conversations of neighbouring tables.
The decor is reminiscent of your classic Indian restaurant, the food is lush and has some modern twists but most importantly has maintained that classic authentic touch that you want from excellent Indian food.
It is a lovely restaurant for a catch up or even a date night and the food is top notch quality. The location is fabulous, making it a nice place to stop for lunch during a busy day of shopping on Oxford street too.
My meal was complimentary, but I have visited a few times prior. All views and photos are my own.