I loved the original Gunpowder near East London’s Spitalfields Market. By their own admission I’m sure, the place is a bit bloody small though. Rejoice then if you like a bit more space with your spice as they’ve just opened a second, much larger, Gunpowder down by Tower Bridge.
Inside it’s all warehouse chic as is often the case these days; exposed ducts and piping and bare concrete walls. We’re in a booth which always goes down well with me.
Some dishes long for a pint of beer like porzhi okra fries (Â£6), egg curry masala (Â£4.50) and peanut and flat chickpea chaat (Â£2.50). I’m doing a month of no booze but the exciting flavours in all three make me question my virtue.
My favourite thing in the world is a good lamb chop. Get the pink meat and soft fat just right and you’re onto a winner. Here, (Â£7.50 per chop), the cooking is spot on and the punchy spicing is rather marvellous.
Karwari soft shell crab (Â£9) is good but not quite as exciting as everything else. The spicing is more subtle, more delicate.
Bizarrely, I love the sigree grilled broccoli (Â£6) most. It cuts through the richness, fattiness and spice of everything else, in particular the chicken lollipops madras style (Â£6).
“Aunty Sulu’s rabbit pulao” (Â£15) is a hearty plate of rice, fried onions and chunks of delicate rabbit still on the bone. It’s similar to a Byriani with the same comfort factor.
For pud you’ve got two options; Old Monk rum pudding (Â£7), which is basically a bread and butter pudding drenched in custard, and a dark chocolate and cinnamon chocolate bar (Â£7). Get both.
For Indian food in a fun and casual setting I don’t think you can do better than Gunpowder. If you like noise and cramped seats then stick to Spitalfields. If you want a bit more room, head to Tower Bridge.
Would we go back? Yeah boy
We dined as guests of the restaurant