Gaylord Restaurant

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Gaylord Restaurant

Longstanding Gaylord restaurant has been serving Indian cuisine in London since 1966. The kitchen delivers kebabs and authentic curry house dishes, ranging from a classic chicken tikka masala to a full-size thali.


Venue name: Gaylord Restaurant
Address: 79 Mortimer St
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: £25 and under
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I came here during the week. I thought it was quite pricey, however the vegetarian dishes were cheaper. I enjoyed the presentation of the tacos in a taco truck. I thought the dishes were quite spicy but tasty. The staff were a little over attentive asking 7 times if we were happy with the meal.

As an Asian person, I take eating in an Indian restaurant very seriously so when I was asked to join my friend at this venue, I was sceptical already. It begun well, fancy decor, perfectly placed table and cutlery etc. We then ordered our food and when it came I was quite delightfully surprised as to how good it was! Every dish was kind of like how me and my mother cooked it. I just wished they had more offers - I can't really justify eaiting food that I make regularly for double the price.

I don't very often go for Indian cuisine, but I was quite intrigued to try out Gaylord after seeing some photos and reading some of the reviews about it.
Gaylord was established in 1966 and is apparently one of London's oldest fine dining Indian restaurants.
We ordered a few of the dishes from the a la carte menu to be shared between us.
I do enjoy a good soft shell crab dish, and the Goan soft shell crab was crisp and tasty with nice spicy flavours from the Goan masala.

The non-vegetarian mini starter sample consisted mini versions of Shammi Kebab, Murg Malai Tikka, Lamb Seekh Kebab and Amritsari Fish - all nicely marinated, and a nice way to get a little taste of some of the starters.
We ordered the smaller portion of the tandoori tiger prawns, which had two tiger prawns marinated with saffron, aromatic spices and grilled in a charcoal fired clay oven. Nice flavour, but unfortunately overcooked and slightly rubbery.

The fish however was nicely grilled and was quite fresh.

We also tried their version of tacos which had an Indian twist to it. We went for the pulled chicken, and it was served on a colourful ... car? trishaw?...or whatever you call it. Personally I found it a bit gimmicky, and it was quite flimsy and took up a lot of space, and not quite sure how this relates to fine dining, but hey, whatever rocks you boat...
The tacos were okay, and a bit fiddly to eat.
We had some steamed basmati rice and tandoori roti to go with our dishes, as well as a bowl of yellow dhal.
Overall, some pretty decent Indian food, although a bit hit and miss. Service seemed a bit cold and disconnected, including the managers themselves, although some of the waiters were friendlier than others.

Extremely rude manager. extremely slow service, waited 1 hour for the starter and another 50 minutes for the main meal. Food was below average. They added £ 10 table fee for a party of 7- and also included 12.5% service charge, When we asked to have the service charge removed the manager became very cross and angry. We will not be going back and hope you will not either.