Cinnamon Culture reviews
Lovely neighbourhood restaurant serving original Indian food. Our regular fine dining destination for the last couple of years. With ever changing menu and seasonal food festivals there's always something new to try. Just yesterday we had beautiful wild Madagascar prawn and organic buffalo curry, which was tender and well spiced. I brought my entire family for Mothers Day, my elderly parents well very pleased with that treat and well taken care of with my mom's gluten allergy. They always deliver, great community spirit as they support also local Bromley charities. On very fond of the people working there, who always welcome us back with the smile on their faces!
Cinnamon Culture is a tremendous restaurant in a town full of boring chains and less than exciting eateries. I went for a birthday and was truly surprised by the value for money and exceptional service we received. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgable and not pushy or fake as most tend to be.
The mix of authentic cuisine and modern twists will appeal to all ages.
This will definitely be a place of worship from now on, can not wait for my first Sunday Jazz days. Thank you for a positive experience, I hope they have lots of success.
What a wonderful restaurant. The food was fantastic and a great menu. The staff were very polite and helpful. I went with a group of friends and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Would definitely recommend it and will definitely be back.
By A M.
Posted on 11/02/2012
Easily one of the best Indian restaurants south of the river.
Food and drinks superb. Service neat. London has loads of Indian food places, but very very few serve food of this quality.
Perfect for a date or a break from regular humdrum. It is a gem of a restaurant.
This place is top quality. Had a lovely evening here with my wife and probably one of the best Indian meals ever! This isn't just one of your bog standard Indian restaurants you find the suburbs. It's high class cuisine at reasonable prices and there's a good mixture of very original dishes and some that are a delicious version of more familiar ones. For example, there's Butter Chicken, which is the original version of Chicken Tikka Masala but so delicious, the memory stayed with me long afterwards. They even serve goat, buffalo, rabbit and venison; which is amazing considering most Indian restaurants just serve the usual chicken, lamb and prawns. There's even a good choice for vegetarians. Portions are very generous, service is friendly and attentive, choice of drinks is very good and atmosphere is great. Perfect place for a wedding reception. There's even some good offers on food and drinks. Most restaurants are doing offers on food but hardly any on drinks, so it was refreshing to see things like 3 for 2 offers on bottles of lager. All in all I think this place is going to be one of my regular haunts and I wish the owners every success.
What an amazing place! When I discovered this restaurant I was so pleased as it reminded me of the kind of establishment you'd find in trendy East Dulwich. I've been coming regularly and I must say the food is sublime. The best ever was yesterday when I booked a table for the Indian style roast and live jazz. I must say, I had the most splendid afternoon and brought some friends with me who also loved it. The chef really excelled himself this time - the lamb was juicy, tender and delicious and the Indian style roast potatoes and vegetables were an inspiration. To top it all, the jazz band was perfect. I love jazz anyway but this was a group of excellent musicians and the music complemented the food beautifully both for style and quality. All in all, Cinnamon Culture made sure we had the perfect Sunday afternoon and I truly thank them for taking a punt on Bromley. This place really deserves to go from strength to strength and I'm certainly going to keep coming and bringing my friends along.
I must tell everyone the experience I had today at the Cinnamon Culture. I was quite surprised when I with my wife for a Sunday buffet. They had Indian style Sunday roast and an amazing live jazz band. The jazz trio were fantastic. Saxophone player was amazing and he even went close to the tables while playing. Heavenly !!
When I enquired I was told they started it last month and do it one Sunday of the month.
Posted on 12/09/2011
This restaurant is a jewel in the sleepy backwater of Sundridge Park and I commend the owners for taking a chance and opening such a stylish place in an area like this. I’ve been here many times and have always been impressed. The food is wonderful and I’d just like to say, I and quite a few people I know have visited more than once and have never reported feeling bad; so I would ignore that comment about the bad stomach. It’s hard enough for great restaurants like this to survive in this climate without the need to have nasty, unsubstantiated comments put on the internet. Unless people are sure it’s the food, they should keep it to themselves. How does that reviewer know they didn’t have a tummy bug at the time; totally irresponsible comment in my view and it should be removed. Anyway, we recently had a beautiful meal one evening and had the vegetable samosa, butter chicken (exquisite), the lamb biryani and dal. Really delicious and better even we agreed than Veeraswamy or the Mala at St Katherine’s Dock. The gulab jamun desert was original and absolutely delicious. Ambience is excellent and very cool, service is attentive and friendly and the décor is amazing. This is easily one of our favourite ever restaurants and my wife is Indian and we’re both very fussy and used to eating at very good places, from the Dorchester to the Witchery in Edinburgh, so this is not an easy accolade to give. I would recommend anyone who likes top quality Indian food and wants something different from the run-of-the-mill suburban fare. They even have live Jazz on at some Sunday lunchtimes!
What a brilliant menu. I loved the Lamb Biryani and good variety of scotch.
Must visit this restaurant, it is next to Sundridge Park Station.
What shall I say 'Just Brilliant'
Loved Shakarkandi chaat & Palak Kofta
Great Indian restaurant or shall I say Indian gastro pub. Good for a pint or two with the bar food platters. I like the garden, staff is polite. They could do with some more offers on drinks.
Will be back to have dinner.
By Nik S.
Posted on 29/07/2011
I Had a Great evening at Cinnamon Culture, the food was very nice and I enjoyed it a lot and the staff was very friendly, and i loved the blueberry cocktail
Overall it was one the best restaurants i have ever been to
I had very good time yesterday with my friends and family. I must say they are a bit expensive but worth every penny.
Menu is very creative menu and I loved the Chef's special Seafood menu.
By A B.
Posted on 27/07/2011
Positives: Modern decor, friendly staff and unusual decorative dishes compared to what you would normally see in an Indian restaurant.
Negatives: Food is average in flavour and it is Pretty expensive for what you get. I had a fish dish for my main course (the starter was much better) and 4 days later I still have a bad stomach!! Do not touch the fish in this place or just do not bother to go there at all! I have never felt so bad and I eat Indian food every week :(.
I booked a table for my husband's birthday and mentioned about the special day to get a nice table. We had an amazing time at the Cinnamon, I loved their Blueberry Mojito. At the end of a romantic dinner my husband got a surprise birthday cake from the chef.
Thank you Cinnamon Culture team.
Must have been a misunderstanding. 'Can I offer you a drink' is a standard line in a restaurant after all. Why you haven't brought it to the manager's attention? I'm sure he would sort it out to your liking... I took my family twice by now and the staff is always friendly and open to any kind of suggestions. Have a courage to bring your point up straight away, rather than posting it on world wide web. It doesn't solve anything...
Good luck in the future!
What a pleasant surprise with the lunch offer I had. Lovely Indian wraps including sides & drink for £8.99.
Highly recommended lunch treat.
Very different menu for Indian restaurant, serving Ostrich & Rabbit. My kids had freshly made chicken nuggets (Indian style) keeping them happy. They loved it, we will be back.
We went with family on Sunday lunch time, we were a bit late but they accommodated us. Great food & lovely staff.
Great food and great service! However having paid our bill (nearly £200 for 4) we were 'offered' a drink by the owner only to be surprised and disappointed to be presented with another bill! Would have said we'd be back next week, now not sure we'll be back at all.
Stylish interior, magnificent food, friendly service. We loved it. Highly recommended. Will be back soon.
Nice Indian food available in Bromley. Friendly and professional staff.
Definitely this restaurant is value for money.
This regal looking restaurant in the backstreets of Bromley is definitely worth a visit if quality Indian food and exotic ingredients are your thing.
‘Serene’ best describes the décor — this grand building’s previous incarnation as a pub of dubious repute is indiscernible. Sleek black and cool cream create a chic dining room, with spotless white napery and elegant chandeliers. Light pours in through vast windows, but it would be a warm and comforting space in winter, too.
On an early evening in high summer, however, Cinnamon Culture is flooded with light — heavy rain, alas, means that no one is sitting in the charming garden. The restaurant, while busy, is not full, so the ambience is chilled rather than buzzing. There are tables of couples and foursomes and the charming waiting staff flit between them with efficient aplomb.
This is Indian food, but not as we know it, with a menu featuring classic dishes given a modern twist or two - as evidenced in the ‘khatte bater ka seena’ (£6.75), or tamarind-glazed tandoori quail, a not-oft seen, velvet-soft meat with subtle spices. The dish comprises two breasts of quail served on lightly spiced bubble and squeak - and very good it is too. But quail isn’t to everyone’s taste, so go for the CS Cinnamon grill (£8.15), a selection of tasty chicken and lamb kebabs, none of which is mind-blowingly hot, but all are impressively spiced, and served with a cooling mint sauce.
Buffalo farming in the UK is on the increase. Water buffalo are placid, gentle creatures and are easy to look after — they lack the group aggression of cattle and are good ‘doers’ on poor forage. On the minus side, they are liable to crash through fences to reach water. But their meat is lean, lower in fat than beef and higher in Omega-3, as well as being BSE-free.
It appears on the menu at Cinnamon Culture as ‘las maas’ — clove-smoked buffalo, served with buttered rice (£13.85). The plateful of buffalo is dauntingly huge — it would easily serve two people - and that is its only fault. The meat is thinly sliced (rather than cubed), astonishingly tender and with masses of flavour. In India, where the water buffalo is king, it is referred to as ‘beef’; to the Hindu, the cow is sacred, but not so the water buffalo. However, the taste is more akin to venison and the rich sauce in which it is served enhances, rather than overwhelms, the meat.
The coconut lamb (£12.95), served with tomato rice, is also excellent. The coconut is not strong, but lends a delicate sweetness to the luscious lamb. The tomato rice has a hint of sharpness that complements the meat splendidly.
After all that, you may not think you have room for pudding, but it’s worth letting out your belt, because Cinnamon Culture puts its special spin on old favourites. So a classic crème brûlée (£6.55) is flavoured with coconut and served with a sesame seed ‘brittle’, to contrast with the silken cream. Cumin may not be the obvious spice to go with chocolate — cardamom is the more usual pairing — but it adds a background hint, as subtle as an echo, to the rich, dark fondant (£6.45), served with vanilla ice cream. It needs nothing further.
Do cocktails go with Indian cuisine? It’s a moot point, because Cinnamon Culture’s cocktail list is so exciting it would be a tragedy not to try at least one. As well as the classics, it includes a Pear and Cardamom Sidecar, combining Cointreau, lemon juice, pear and cardamom syrup; Saffron Garden, with saffron gin, lemon, jasmine syrup, apple and elderflower (all £8), and the exotic-sounding Golden Orb, a blend of vodka, Cointreau and mango (£7.95).
The winelist, too, offers some delights, including an exuberant Stonewalker Chenin Blanc from South Africa, a bargain at £19.95; a deliciously clean Santa Serena Sauvignon Blanc from Chile (exceptional value at £16.75), and a beguiling McGuigan Black Label Gewurztraminer Riesling from Australia (£23), whose aromatics complement perfectly the spicy food.
The Last Word
Buffalo not your thing? Don’t worry, you’ll find something similarly excellent from Cinnamon Culture’s extensive, innovative and impressively put-together menu.