Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Gaylord 7

The term “Gaylord” may well be a term of abuse among Britain’s teenagers, but presumably the founders of this restaurant could not have anticipated this when they opened it for business in 1966.

The Gaylord has a traditional and rather classic feel, with white table cloths, large wall mirrors and bright lighting. The waiters are also a bit sombre and formal – although we found the service to be efficient.

We started with Achari Chicken Chaat, a Gosht Masala Fry and their Non-vegetarian Sampler (which included Shami Kebab and Paneer Tikka). This was all of a good standard. We progressed to Murgh Vindaloo, Murg Safrani Biryani and the ever-popular “CTM”. Nothing was particularly spicy, but the cooking was of a good quality. Finally we enjoyed their Dessert Platter, which was presented on a weird leaf-shaped dish in the centre of the table.

Compared to other restaurants in the area, the Gaylord is expensive. They add a £1.50-per-person cover charge and a 15% gratuity, which adds quite a lot to the bill (and attracts a lot of hostile comments on other review websites).