A good Indian restaurant can be hard to find. Gaylord Restaurant is one of London’s oldest and most elegant restaurants situated just North of Oxford Street and Soho. It’s going to be 50 years old next year!
With high ceilings, white walls and white table cloths adorned with red candles, it feels spacious, modern and more premium to one which you might find in your own local neighbourhood.
When we received the menu, all we wanted to do was touch it. The writing is embossed and the illustrations look expensive whilst the actual weight of the menu is surprisingly heavy. You just know from there on that the food is going to be well presented (unless proven otherwise of course).
Before we began, we were given complimentary poppadum's with some great dips including a rather moreish mango and lime combo. And for drink, although there was a good wine selection, we stuck with Cobra and Kingfisher beers!
To start with, we shared ‘Dilli Ki Aloo Tikki’ – small potato cakes filled with spices and lentils served with a rich tamarind chutney and yoghurt topping. I found this too rich but my vegetarian dining companion loved it! We also had a really fun starter – a taco with a truly Indian twist – paneer cheese with a mint dip and spring onions presented in what appeared to be a pink wire frame car – a first for me!
I opted for a prawn coconut curry with lime and spices. It wasn’t as hot as it should have been temperature wise and seemed to have too much surface oil. My dining partner had an amazing paneer curry which was very tasty and pretty to look at and was served with some beautiful naan breads!
Unfortunately, we were full by this stage and sadly couldn’t manage to eat a dessert. If you like traditional Indian desserts such as ‘Gulab Jamun’ which is a popular Indian hot dessert made from cottage cheese and dipped in syrup – then this is your place!
Service was excellent with friendly waiting staff! Next time you want to grab an Indian in central London, do consider Gaylord for a memorable experience.
Address: 79-81 Mortimer Street,
Disclaimer: We were invited to the restaurant for review purposes, all thoughts are our own.