Modern Indian Restaurant in the City
The Cinnamon Collection has been established since 2001 with Cinnamon Kitchen opening its modern Indian restaurant in the city in 2008. Located in Devonshire Square it is perfectly situated just outside the hustle and bustle of the city. It also offers covered al fresco dining, which is useful for the typically rainy London days!
Head Chef, Vivek Singh, is keen to transform traditional Indian cooking to create dishes ‘beyond authenticity’. Outside of the kitchen, Vivek has authored three bestselling cookbooks and is a regular on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, Celebrity Masterchef and UKTV’s Market Kitchen.
Anise is a separate cocktail bar that is part of Cinnamon Kitchen offering a wide range of beverages. We were able to sit outside on the terrace and sample some of their cocktails. We chose the Winter’s Morning G&T: Bombay Sapphire gin, cucumber, elderflower liquor, tonic water, mint (£11.50) and the Singapore Sling: Bombay Sapphire, cherry liqueur, coriander, ginger, lime, pineapple juice, Triple sec, Benedictine, angostura bitters & hibiscus suga (£11.50). Both of these were light and refreshing cocktails before tucking into dinner.
There are so many great small plates, Muzzeh (any 3 for £12.50) and Tandoori & Grill dishes to choose from. We put our trust into our waiter Jonny to choose for us! He presented us with Chicken Tikka and Cheese Naan (£5.00) and the Firecracker Chicken Wings with chili garlic sauce (£5.80). Two great choices which weren’t too filling before the main dishes. We loved the chili kick to the tender wings and the combination of chicken tikka and cheese with the naan.
Again, there are so many great main dishes to choose from including curries and biryanis and cinnamon kitchen classic dishes. They also have a separate vegan section with 6 dishes to choose from.
Jonny chose the Chettindadu Style Mutton Curry (£12.50) and the Punjabi Kurchan Chicken Leg Curry (£10.75). Both curries had plenty of sauce which was great for dipping the garlic and peshwari naan. They were flavoursome without being too spicy and overpowering and were a decent portion size for the price.
We also tucked into the Char-Grilled Broccoli with spiced almond flakes and rose petal (£6.50). It was perfectly al dente and a great accompaniment to the curries.
Desserts and Wine
We were pretty stuffed and took leftovers home! However, we could not resist trying one of the desserts on the menu – the White Chocolate Tart with wild berry sorbet (£7.50). This was a winner for us. The tart was light, the white chocolate creamy which was offset by the delicious tangy sorbet.
The bottle of rose with dinner – La Picoutine – was a blush rose that was refreshing and light.
Cinnamon Kitchen is a fantastic modern Indian restaurant in the city. With its attractive al fresco terrace in Devonshire Square, the friendly service from Jonny and the amazing food, we loved our visit. For such great food in gorgeous surroundings, we thought the price point was great. At lunch time they also have an express lunch menu with one main and a side for just £12!
East London Girl: Cinnamon Kitchen
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