Tenner or Less: Tiffin Workers’ Lunch, Gunpowder Tower Bridge

This is about as exciting as a workday lunch gets al desko

Who: Gunpowder opened in September 2018 at the foot of Tower Bridge. It’s the south London sibling to Harneet and Devina Baweja’s first Spitalfields-based restaurant, which has become something of an institution in the last four years with its modern take on Indian home-style cooking.

What: The new Workers’ Lunch. Inspired by the traditional tiffins prepared daily by families across India, Gunpowder founder Harneet Baweja and executive chef Nirmal Save have created a new weekday offer available for takeaway only, from Monday to Friday (12-245pm).

Why: They’re lighter and healthier interpretations of India’s traditional curries. Our top tip is Old Delhi butter chicken on the bone, for meat moreishly charred, with a thick spicy sauce and aromatic steamed rice; a close second is juicy grilled prawn masala, whose sweetness is lifted by a zesty lemon and ginger rice. Vegan fave jackfruit and paneer tawa pulao is a drier dish, with kachumbar yoghurt on hand for tangy contrast, while a slow-cooked lamb mince keema pau delivers a deeply savoury (and carb-laden) hit with its potato-y goodness, red onion and cute brioche rolls. The only main perhaps more suited to a side was punjaabi saag, a dense blend of spinach and porcini mushrooms.

Don’t: order a side, in fact, unless there are a few of you – especially to keep within the tenner mark (the dishes are £8-9.50, only the prawn stretches over the threshold at £11). Having said that the two we tried – aloo chaat jewelled with pomegranates and salty, crispy okra fries (£6.50-7) – are a must if you’re with a gang of co-workers; or even a main in themselves.

Notes: The Workers’ Tiffin Lunch is available to click and collect from 12midday to 2.45pm Monday to Friday. Order via gunpowderlondon.com or the Athand app and choose your collection time.

Gunpowder Tower Bridge is at 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD

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