SITUATED in Devonshire Square, a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Bishopsgate in London, lies Cinnamon Kitchen – part of Vivek Singh’s culinary empire.
We were invited to dine at the restaurant on a busy Saturday evening and to say it was an event would be something of an understatement.
Upon arrival we were seated in the newly opened Summertime Gin Garden where you can relax on comfy, cushioned seats or even a swing bench. We ordered the Summer’s Morning G&T and Asian Sour Apple which were the perfect aperitif. The sheltered terrace is ideal for pre-dinner drinks or just somewhere to kick back and relax with some nibbles and a cocktail or two. There is even a replica baby elephant to keep you company!
Time for the main event and as we perused the menu we couldn’t help but admire the chic, industrial décor running through the restaurant. The tables are generously proportioned with plenty of space between them and, along with the high ceiling, provide a relaxing and airy environment.
The restaurant prides itself on serving innovative and creative Indian cuisine and, it was at this point, that the manager introduced himself. He asked us about our likes, dislikes and any allergies and then suggested selecting dishes for us. We had never experienced this and were both excited to leave the hard work to him.
Starters duly arrived and we had a selection of Bombay street food along with Tandoori chicken breast tikka with pickling spices and a banana leaf wrapped char-grilled sea bream with curried yoghurt. All three dishes were beautifully presented and very much to our liking. Our empty plates served testament to the quality of the food.
A short while later our ‘feast’ arrived. A Tanjore style curry of king prawns, char-grilled rump of lamb with a Madras coconut sauce, stir fried greens with cumin and garlic and DAL – a trio of yellow lentils, black lentils and chickpeas. Along with pilau rice and some naan bread we certainly had our work cut out. The delicate flavours of each and every dish were a delight to our senses and it’s safe to say that neither of us had ever tasted Indian food this good!
It was now our turn to choose desserts. Something light was the order of the day so we opted for the mango and cardamom kulfi with mango salad and the buttermilk panna cotta with orange and mint. They were the perfect end to a perfect meal.
All of the above was aided and abetted with a bottle of 2014 Domaine Gigondan Syrah – a beautiful accompaniment to our food. I would like to mention that the wine was served at a perfect temperature. It’s a little thing, I know, but really can make a difference to the overall experience. Great food deserves a great wine. This did not let us down.
We finished with coffee and petit fours and deliberated on how to spend the rest of our evening. It didn’t take us long to decide that anything or anywhere else would be something of an anti-climax so we chose to get the train home vowing to return sometime in the near future.
In summary, if you like Indian food but are tired of the usual offerings then treat yourself with a visit to Cinnamon Kitchen. I ‘guarantee’ you won’t be disappointed.
For further information please visit www.cinnamon-kitchen.com
Review by Shane Champion