Indian-food lovers, rejoice: We finally have an American Gymkhana opening date

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We've been impatiently awaiting restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj's American Gymkhana, taking over the Dr. Phillips space vacated last year by Dominic Sarkar's Raga. After some construction delays and pushed-back openings, we finally have that date: Saturday, Nov. 8.

Mistress of the "modern Indian" kitchen will be chef Aarthi Sampath, and running the bar program will be mixologist Hemant Pathak (whose concoctions have been featured in Elle and GQ magazines). Sampath's launch menu includes modern takes like galoti lamb sliders (spiced yogurt and stuffed lamb on saffron bread) alongside more traditional dishes like meen moilee (crisped seasonal fish, coconut milk, fresh turmeric, lemongrass and curry leaves) and lamb vindaloo (apple cider vinegar, black pepper, Goan chilies and twice fried potato). Pathak will rule the Hunter’s Cocktail Lounge, a 40-seat bar off the main dining room, serving up specialties like the AG 7559 (blended scotch and rye whiskey stirred with saffron-infused maraschino liqueur and ginger liqueur) and the Jalisco Sour (Baron tequila and jalapeño-infused maple syrup shaken with lime and curry leaves).

Hours are 5-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with the bar staying open until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. We don't have photos of the new space yet, but if Bhardwaj's New York and Dubai restaurants are anything to judge by, expect some serious swank.

American Gymkhana

7559 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 32819 | 407-985-2900 | americangymkhana.com | $$$

 

 

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