Gunpowder Restaurant is one of my favourite Indian restaurants in London, so I was excited to hear about Gul and Sepoy, the newest Spitalfields eatery from this fiery and ambitious team.
Gul and Sepoy is the third restaurant from Harneet and Devina Baweja, and aims to showcase rustic and royal Indian dishes. The warm and welcoming venue on Commercial Street is decorated in muted dusty pink with a long destination bar in the centre of the restaurant. Upstairs, a cosy dining room is available for private hire, and is perfect for celebrations or special occasions.
The menu is split into two categories: the Gul part is focussed on the lavish dishes you might expect from the Royal palaces in the northwestern part of India; Sepoy is the more casual food from the south of the country which would be eaten on-the-go by soldiers of the old Indian army.
In my opinion all the dishes seemed fit for a king, irrespective of which side of the menu they were ordered from. It was immediately clear that Gul and Sepoy’s offering is more upmarket than the other restaurants in their group, the cuts of meat and types of fish used are more decadent and unique and so, of course, the prices reflect this.
The dishes are relatively small, I’d recommend ordering four or five between two, if you are hungry. Wild prawn Kalimirch were are tasty as they were beautiful, Potted Pig Head with Blood Masala Onions was an unusual but addictively delicious dish, and for vegetarians Yam and Paneer Kofta Chaat is wondrously aromatic and comforting plate of food. Next time I want to try the Whole Leg of Kid Goat which I hear is also amazing.
Desserts are less elaborate, but many will be grateful for this after an indulgent and rich Indian feast. Wild Berries and Lavender Kheer is a simple rice pudding with a floral hit, Rum Soaked Dough Pillow with Spiced Cream & Raspberries is version of a French dessert, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Rasmalai with Cardamom Poached Kumquat was a surprisingly light dessert for chocolate lovers.
Apparently Harneet and Devina have plans to open another two restaurants soon, growing their empire to a grand total of five… After my delicious Gul & Sepoy meal I can’t wait to see what’s next!
More information and book a table at Gul and Sepoy here.