Gymkhana Tea

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Rating: 10.0

hosted by Mehrunnisa Yusuf and Darjeeling Express

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Asma and I are delighted to be serving our guests ‘Gymkhana Tea’. The Gymkhana is an Anglo-Indian establishment. The name itself is derived from the Urdu/Hindi word ‘jamaat-khana’ which refers to a place of assembly. During the time of the British Raj, the rulers established Gymkhanas in large cities like Lahore and Karachi, now in Pakistan, and Bombay and Delhi in India. These clubs provided extended facilities such as social and intellectual evenings, tournaments and social events as well as other sporting activities.

Many Gymkhana Clubs survived partition and remain an important part of Pakistani and Indian society. Their Codes of Conduct retain colonial era rules and class etiquette. Both sexes are not allowed into particular dining areas if they are dressed casually, special areas are designated for families with children and the Clubs retain male-only lounges.

My grandparents are members of the Gymkhana Club in Lahore, and my visits to them always include an outing to the Gymkhana. In the sweltering heat of Lahore one can enjoy the expanse of well-manicured gardens in the cool and calm of the dining hall. Asma’s family has similar traditions. It is this shared heritage that has brought the two of us together.

MENU

SAVOURY

Masala Peanuts (A Calcutta ‘Saturday Club’ Classic)

Green Chutney Chicken Sandwiches (Green Chutney Egg Sandwiches- veg option)

Chilli Cheese Toast

Papri Chaat

Chicken Tengri Kebab (Paneer Kabab- veg option)


SWEET

Scones with Clotted Cream and Home-made Jams

Strawberry Rose Water Jam

Rhubarb Jam

Lemon Loaf Cake (Peela Cake)


DRINKS

Newby of London Earl Grey Tea

Newby of London Darjeeling Tea

Pataki (spiced fresh lemonade, Calcutta Style)

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Indo Pak classics fused together seamlessly

Rating: 10

Coco attended in May 2013, reviewed on 19 May 2013

The tea conquered up memories from both India & Pakistan, however during the course of the tea, you lost sight of what was Indian or Pakistan, it felt like one menu from one region.
I lost count how many tengri kebabs I had, i think last count was 5, my favourite was the chutney and the cheese and chilli toast, which again I had many pieces of....
Loved the Darjeeling tea complimented the menu very well.

The food was well thought out, delicate and the lovely array of people made this a special afternoon tea with a difference.

I think you should cater this as a private event, as there is a huge demand for it... I will certainly recommending you ladies.

Thanks a lot
Saima Khan
The hampstead Kitchen - @hampsteadkitchn

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