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We’re big fans of the original Gunpowder in Spitalfields, although it is TINY, so we’re very pleased that the second, and significantly bigger, site in the One Tower Bridge development is alive and kicking. They’ve gone for a polished industrial feel here, with a nice mix of tables and booths (though the tables for two are very close together) so it feels completely different to Gunpowder number one.
Thankfully the Indian small plates menu is almost identical, except for a few new additions… bigger restaurant means bigger kitchen after all. One of the new dishes is the chicken lollipops madras-style; wonderfully crispy on the outside with a nice kick of spice. Only problem is they come as a three so you will have to fight for the last one.
We also loved the sticky an moreish nagaland pork ribs with tamarind kachumber, the perfectly pink maa’s kashmiri lamb chops and the buttery soft mustard fish steamed in banana leaves. And with old faves like the gunpowder aloo chaat, the sigree grilled mustard broccoli and the addictive okra fries, there’s also plenty for the veggies to get stuck into too.
With the Tower Bridge restaurant the Gunpowder team has nailed that difficult second album – it’s retained the quality cookery that made the Spitalfields site so good whilst scaling up quite significantly, and they’ve still got Custard bakery to come too.
4 Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD