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From the people behind Westminster's highly successful Cinnamon Club comes Cinnamon Kitchen, which offers a more informal dining experience than its sister venue without compromising on service or quality. The restaurant features London's first Indian grill and tandoor bar where guests can enjoy a unique dining experience bordering on the theatrical.

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MON

12:00 - 22:30, 18:00 - 23:00

TUE

12:00 - 22:30, 18:00 - 23:00

WED

12:00 - 22:30, 18:00 - 23:00

THU

12:00 - 22:30, 18:00 - 23:00

FRI

12:00 - 22:30, 18:00 - 23:00

SAT

18:00 - 22:30

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By Serena A.

I had a couple of cocktails in the adjoining bar (Anise )but the restaurant side looked really good - has anyone eaten here? What's it like?


By Monika S.

Really great wine range to choose from. The appetizers were really delicious. I loved their bar service and style. Looking forward to trying their main course as well !


By Fred J.

Best dining experience. I am converted in to a Non-vegetarian after having visited The Cinnamon Kitchen and trying their King prawns. Wish I could post the picture here!


By Molli T.

Gorgeous venue for group bookings and must say very impressive backdrop for weddings. I had been there last year to attend a friends wedding coupled with a personal visit recently. It never fails to impress and very popular among both Britishers and Indian fraternity. I wonder how they mange to please people with various expectations. One of the interesting aspect was to see how manage the crowd in the Bar as it does get a bit busier and people after few pints forget they are humans. I was very impressed with their Indian Duty Manager's approach towards a city broker. My only suggestion to them would be to also open on Saturday for lunch time and perhaps change the furniture in the front area. Other than that perfect and stylish setting and "Best Indian food" in London atleast in east.


By Jacques F.

One of the best Indian restaurants in city of London. Went there for a business lunch recently and enjoyed the London restaurant fortnight offer. Impressed with the creativity and innovation gone behind creating the food. Didn't know it was a sister restaurant of the famous Cinnamon Club albiet a little trendier. Suits my business requirements and perhaps will take family soon. Heard they opened another one in Soho so perhaps will check out Cinnamon SOho next..


By Dale H.

Not happy at all with the experience I had here last night. I don't think I've ever been moved to complain online about a restaurant before. It took ages for them to take our order. Then, an overly icy and expensive mojito (hardly any drink) arrived. The servers, who kept changing, were appallingly slow and inept. We had about 5 visits to our table post-ordering from the waiters b/c they could not get our order straight (it was very simple, two small dishes each). We kept telling them, again and again, what it was. And still, when it arrived, one dish was wrong! The kitchen was extremely slow, and in fact we were presented with our bills, and paid them, a good 1/2 hour before any food or drink arrived. By then the evening was nearly over. AVOID! I also think the food is overpriced and average.


By Tonka T.

I agree the food is great. I also think the images on the wall are amazing - these seem to be by an artist of the same name.


By Jennifer J.

Went there for a colleague's birthday celebration lunch.

We'd booked a three course set meal with half bottle of wine per person through an online reservation site.

Upon arrival the maitre 'd told us that the restaurant was no longer running that offer and would not honour the wine as part of the set meal.

Although we were disappointed we decided to stay.The food was fantastic - every bit as good as the restaurant's big brother, the Cinnamon Club.

A la carte menu is pricey, and some may moan that it's shockingly expensive compared to currys found on Brick Lane, a mere stone throw away.

But, it's definitely worth it. As there was glorious sunshine, it was a refreshing change to sit outside on the terrace.

The major downside to the Cinnamon Kitchen was service. Perhaps it was teething problems with serving people on the terrace, but having one waiter for drinks, another for taking orders and yet another for serving didn't work.

We had to wait absolutely ages to place orders, and the aloof waitress nearby could only comment that it wasn't her job to take guests' orders.

After returning to the office, I contacted the online reservation site to complain that the Cinnamon Kitchen didn't honour their special deal.

The matter was dealt with quickly, and the manager of the Cinnamon Kitchen profusely apologised and refunded the difference immediately.

I would highly recommend the Cinnamon Kitchen for lunch as the food is outstanding. If you are pressed for time you may want to consider somewhere else.


By Rosemin A.

Making a trio of successful Indian restaurants with The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Soho, Cinnamon Kitchen is a funky fusion of city dining with Asian flair. Executive Chef and CEO Vivek Singh combines his classical Indian training and innovation with Head Chef Abdul Yaseen’s culinary skills, and it works.

The Venue
Tucked away in the courtyard at Devonshire Square, the restaurant is a spacious division between the restaurant and the corresponding bar called Anise. The restaurant features wooden tables and cream walls, with Indian-style lanterns illuminating the dining area. In front of the wall-length grill at the far end, there are a row of spectator’s dining seats, perfect for watching the kitchen staff in action. The outdoor patio area is extensive, and would be delightful in the summer months.

The Atmosphere
The prevailing feeling is that of warmth and open space, with friendly and efficient staffing. Under the careful management of General Manager Jean-Luc Giquel, formerly of Chez Nico, Galvin’s and Le Manoir, the restaurant is run impeccably. The waiting staff are attentive and knowledgeable, with recommendations being given in light of understanding the various dishes’ components – an excellent sign for diners who are a little unsure of what to select. The clientele is a wide mix of businessmen, families and couples, with the décor and low lighting being suitable for any sort of gathering.

The Food
Scouring the precise menu at Cinnamon Kitchen, you might be forgiven for thinking this is not a strictly Indian restaurant. All the dishes are intriguing matches between Indian flavours and fresh ingredients, leading to non-traditional combinations that sound absolutely mouth-watering. However, there are traditional elements and for those looking for halal fare, the restaurant has a selection of dishes that are completely halal, all sourced from local vendors.

First, the selection of naan bread – which includes a cheese and a sweetened option – is very moreish. Served with a mashed pea sauce, chilli sauce and sweet tamarind sauce, these are quickly scoffed by even the most dignified diner. A house speciality, a moist cake-like dish made with chickpeas and topped by a green paste, is soft and beautifully constructed.

For starters, the Bombay spiced vegetables with truffle pao (£7.50) is well cooked and the vegetables suitably seasoned, but the real winner is the Lobster soup with Devon crab and chilli toast (£12.50). The soup is thick and creamy, and the crab and chilli toast gives the dish a hearty kick that is simply delicious.

It is difficult to select from the list of main dishes, but the meat dishes are too spectacular to miss. The Tandoori spiced red deer with root vegetables and a yoghurt sauce (£32.00) is tender and succulent, and the creator of the dish perfectly complements the rich meat with the tang of the dressing. The smoked saddle of Kentish lamb with saffron sauce and accompanied with a garlic and cumin mash (£23.00) melts in the mouth, with the mash being an interesting - but welcome – take on a classic British side.

The dessert menu further demonstrates the chef’s skill at creating great fusion dishes. The buffalo milk kulfi and dum cooked vermicelli nest (£6.00) is smooth, creamy and delicious, the vermicelli adding a hint of sweetness to the relatively less sweet pistachio flavour of the kulfi. The cumin profiteroles with cardamom shrikhand (£7.00) come highly recommended, and rightly so. Though at first the cumin flavour of the profiteroles is a little disorienting, the combination of the cardamom sauce and the thick, almost yoghurt-like quality of the cream contained within are a celebration of flavour.

The Drink
Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are served, with thoughtful choices amongst both menus. The non-alcoholic cocktails include the fantastic Apple Pie (£4), with apple sauce, lemon, apple juice, vanilla and cinnamon; and the Pom Pom (£4), a whimsically pink creation with lychee, pomegranate, lime and cucumber.

On the alcoholic front, the wines are reasonably priced, with the warming 2011 Back Block, Syrah from New Zealand (glass £8.50) adding an extra layer of spice to dishes, whilst balancing a plum and oak taste. The dessert wines are also excellent, with the 2007 Tokaji Blue Label from Hungary (£ 9.80), which is potent yet sweet, a perfect choice for balancing dishes such as the saffron poached pear.

The Last Word
For Indian cuisine lovers and novices alike, this is the ideal choice for a relaxed evening out. Delicious food, a warm atmosphere, and excellent staffing make this an easy selection for any kind of social event. The novel nature of the dishes makes them well worth a try.

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