Gunpowder Tower Bridge

4.3
361 reviews
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Indian
Gunpowder is a home-style Indian kitchen located in Spitalfields and Tower Bridge. Our menu is an interpretation of the family recipes we grew up with, showcasing the vibrant confident flavours of home cooking.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a truly amazing experience. The proposal rests in traditional Indian dishes with an autor twist. You can’t miss the venison doughnut, the oysters, the young chicken and the old munk bread pudding.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very tasty, the staff helpful and the couple on the next table fun - so we couldn't ask for more!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is wonderful but love them to add an option on the menu for ordering some broad

k
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Shoreditch venue was too busy so we went to the Tower Bridge one. It is much larger and fancier. The food overall was very good but it is more all starters rather than integrated main courses. Being expected to eat off small plates would be OK except the beef rib is big and messy. Nothing on the menu that really ties in with eating with rice as a base. Prices reflect the area!

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food that's the restaurant's problem to solve, not ours. However, that aside, we would return.

f
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Busy with very good service and interesting food in small plates...table could have been a bit bigger to cope.

TD
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place fro date night (even after 30 years of marriage). Food was really tasty and the staff were very attentive. Loved singing along to the old skool music. Was so impressed, I bought the cookbook with the recipes fro everything we had eaten. Will definitely come again

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a rum themed night for us at the table with gunpowderr regiment a rum and masala coke concoction
And rumpudding a sublime breadpudding soaked in rum also we stuffed our faces with Kashmiri lamb which is apparently the owners MIL's recipe and was devine. We also had artichokes okra fries and duck leg

Each bite was an explosion of flavour! Staff were polite and cordial and the location is amazing too

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

No atmosphere

JP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic food, just comes up a bit quick. Need to manage that next time.

S
London
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Really starters (kale salad / fries / venison doughnut..) but the grilled king prawn were burnt and overcooked. The service was really good at first but not great by the end.

AR
London
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. Bit pricey but memorable.

RD
London
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great experience, would highly recommend to anyone

EH
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening out with great food and quick service. We’d go back.

SR
London
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super helfpul and friendly staff. One of the diners was vegan and they recommended some excellent dishes. Not the normal Indian food you have at most restaurants - absolutely delicious and would highly recommend to anyone. Perfect location to go to The Bridge theatre afterwards!

NS
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, unusual, and delightful, all for a very reasonable price.

V
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Some dishes are very disappointing,
some are very good,
so for a global experience i'm a bit disappointed..

S
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Average food at extraordinary prices. Overpriced and tiny portions. I had high expectations having read many reviews but I was utterly disappointed on my birthday and graduation meal. At £7.50 per lamb cutlet I was expecting a sizeable portion but it was abysmal. Two bites per cutlet with absolutely no chilli heat. As a born and raised Indian and a good cook, this is not authentic Indian cuisine nor an impressive modern adaptation.

Furthermore, the service was shocking. We were expected to eat our mains with dirty crockery and dirty plates from the starter. When we asked for new plates the waiter took his time and with a sour attitude gave our group plates in the middle with no friendly service. We asked for two mains of lamb cutlets which were served on one tiny plates. When we asked for this two be brought as two separate plates were talked down to. Service with a smile was none existent. For premium prices I expected high quality but as the evening continued I was thoroughly disappointed.

Aloo Chaat aka served as boiled potato with yoghurt. Minimal flavour and seasoning. Okra fries tiny portion nothing special. Lamb cutlets absolutely tiny, not enough sauce and when asked for spicy they will bring a tiny bowl of chopped green chillies instead of cooking it into the dish. NOT THE INDIAN WAY.

It is not the cost that upsets me. It is paying this high price and not receiving the quality of food or service that should come which such a high price tag. I would not recommend this restaurant and would honestly want my money back .

I am not criticising for the sake of criticising. Having trained as a chef, worked as a patisserie chef and as a waitress I have some knowledge as to glaring mistakes and good things a restaurant can have. I hope things I have said can be taken on board to improve the dining experience for the guests.

LA
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

So disappointed with this whole experience. After a warm welcome we were seated at a table for two right in between another table for two and a table of four. So close together it could have been a shared table.
Our waiter was helpful and recommended a few dishes for us. We ordered 6 dishes which came just so quickly, it felt like fast food! They all came together which meant there was no room on the table and they soon went cold so we could not enjoy them at their best although doubtful if they were even good when they came out the chicken.
Suggest you visit an Ottolenghi restaurant if you want to see the professional way they handle the serving of small plates which is beautifully paced and makes the experience so enjoyable.
The kale salad with greasy and unpleasant, we sent if back, the lamb chops are an extortionate £7.50 each and were dry and overcooked as was the tandoori baby chicken. The best dishes were the venison doughnut which looked spectacular and the broccoli although it did not justify the £9. We left in under an hour and felt cheated. Will never return or recommend.

M
London
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Great food and service. The only issue was how crammed tables are together so dinner was far from an intimate experience. Not quite sure why we were seated so tightly in as there are 2 floors, 1 of which was completely empty. We were told that there was a 2 hour turnaround but in the time we had finished our meal, the restaurant was as full as when we started. I would only go back if i was able to opt for one of the more private tables near the window.

JS
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All dishes were excellent - saag paneer was so good that we immediately ordered a second one after finishing the first. The lamb chops and pork ribs were also personal favorites.

BM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious and it was lovely trying lots of small dishes. The restaurant was quite crowded and tables were placed very close together. We booked a table in advance but we were wedged in between another couple at a table right next to us and a narrow, busy walkway between us and the bar - the waiters kept having to squeeze past us and one almost tripped over us at one point! There were a lot of empty tables upstairs so it would have been better to space people out more. Also, despite having waiters passing us all the time, it was very difficult to catch their attention and the waiter who served us didn't smile the whole time we were there. They didn't seem very happy with their job and it slightly spoiled the evening. Though, as I say, the food was very tasty and that's the main thing!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were amazing!

Very accommodating and welcoming xxx

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service poor. Wait staff confused and charged for an item we never received.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Good food. Some really good. Told as sat down 2 hours for meal- fair enough. 2 minutes after paying (at 1.5hrs) asked if we could hurry up as new customers waiting, 4 minutes later (while putting coat on) asked again to please leave as new customers waiting. Couldn’t have been made to feel more unwelcome.

k
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good to at least give it a go. Staff were very pleasant but the service was a little bit cluncky. The food portion were good especially the meats. They suggested three per person, we ordered seven for the two of us and it was bordering too much. Nice flavours and good use of spices. Very tasty, though one or two of the dishes were questionable. The Aloo Chaat was one of their best sellers (so they said!) and we thought it was too sweet. Atmosphere was good on a Wednesday night. It was busy.

J
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fun evening and we expected a lot as we’d read reviews which were great. We were not disappointed- it was fantastic! Most delicious food and I would thoroughly recommend!

DY
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh my god!! the food was delicious. I want to go back!

RQ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was as excellent as I have ever had it, everything was perfectly cooked, delicious and the portions were excellent for the Gunpowder feast menu.
Service was a little lacking, friendly but a bit indifferent, and I would have preferred it if dishes, especially in the first round of serving, didn’t come out in such quick succession.
The restaurant was the right level of busy and the toilets were nice and clean - always a good thing!

Overall a great night and a delicious meal, my friends were very impressed. Gunpowder remains an excellent proposition for excellent and innovative Indian food!

M
London
50 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food. Indian Tapas style, so innovative concept too.
Only complaint and that’s why I’ve given 4 stars, is the rice was very poor quality, tasteless and dry.

CO
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great pre-theatre spot if you are going to The Bridge. Small plates mean that the service is quick and we enjoyed everything we tried.

PF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside with a pleasant view of Tower Bridge. Nice quiet spot but buzzier inside if that's what you prefer. Food was excellent, particularly the lamb chops and the scotch egg.

ST
London
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent with friendly service. Would recommend the broccoli masala and the rum pudding.

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, great food, would have to say it's slightly pricier than expected but was a delicious meal that left us very full.

A
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Service was really bad here. From the first minute they were rushing to get us out of the place, even though we had two hours for our reservation.

The “manager” was always running around and if you manage to stop him to order one thing he’d run away without letting you finish your order.

Nearly all the food came at the same time after we ordered (from oysters to starters to main) so we had like 10 dishes on the table with 1.5 hours to go on our reservations, people rushing around and food getting cold.

We got told that our time was up in a fairly rude way at the end too.

The food was actually decent, but given the service we probably wouldn’t be coming back

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing. We really enjoyed our meal here and would definitely visit again.

s
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is great as always, service slow with the drinks, food always arrives before the drinks!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Set menu was good and all of the food was tasty, lamb chops especially good, served very quickly and felt slightly rushed. Tables too small to comfortably fit multiple dishes.

BJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Better than average.
A couple of dishes disappointed and they were the over cooked duck leg and the beef which was a bit dry.

On the other hand everything else was great and the desserts fantastic.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent from all the staff, Food was a little bit disappointing although their Lamb Chops were Excellent. No Mocktail selection, so that was another negative, overall it was good.

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