Gaylord is of the old school brand of Indian restaurants, white tablecloths, smartly clothed staff and more food than you can shake a stick at. They’re launching a new menu and the good folk at Zomato (My go to foodie website) have invited me to give it a go. And when I say give it a go by the way, what I really mean is try the entire menu, every single item. I was broken.
Indian snack style food is my absolute all time favourite, hence my love of places like Dishoom & Masala Zone and this is the sort of food I gorge myself on when visiting family in India and this does not disappoint. Shots of tangy Gol Gappa, spicy crunchy Bhel, the most tender morsels of chicken tikka you can possibly imagine and meaty flavourful Prawn kebabs. Silly me, I thought these were the starters.
Course not, those were just the canapes. Starters came in the form of Scallops, Tacos, Baby Idli and Crab cakes. I’m an ardent seafood lover and I’m sorry to say the seafood elements of the meal just weren’t working for me – the delicate flavour of the scallops didn’t seem to really work on the plate and the crab cakes had a perplexing flavour I just didn’t enjoy at all. Happily these were the only downsides, the Tacos came out in the most fabulous car and I can’t even tell you what it tasted like, so enamoured were we all by the cute presentation!
Each of the mains were more delectable than the last – there was no way I could do justice to all these dishes so I’ll tell you my favourites – the Coconut curry was mild but had it’s own distinct flavour, the lamb that fell off the bone and the Palak Paneer, full of meaty cubes of tasty cottage cheese!
You’d think after a feast like this, we wouldn’t even be considering dessert. But that’s just not the Gaylord way – not one, not two, but three desserts came winging their way out of the kitchen – rum flambeed Gulab Jamun’s, rich Gajar Halwa and the creamiest milkiest Ras Malai!
This is the sister restaurant of the princely Gaylord in Mumbai, established in London in 1966 this is one of London’s first fine dining Indian restaurants and let me tell you, there’s nothing dated about this place. It’s grand, it has the name to live up to and it does it beautifully.
This is a place to go with family, with friends, with loved ones, order up a whole heap of food and where at the end of it all, bleary eyed with all that delicious food sloshing inside you, you allow the staff to usher you out, with dreams of nothing but a delicious night’s sleep.
Gaylord can be found at 79-81 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7SJ, just behind Oxford Street.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Zomato and Gaylord, but as always, opinions are my own.