It’s just on the right side of swanky; high ceilings, classy décor and the open plan seating is a far cry from your average Indian restaurant. You can even sit near to the grill to watch your meal being prepared in front of you – and I should probably mention that this place serves the best lamb I’ve ever tasted.
After bringing us some warmed flatbreads with a selection of three dips (the pea one was especially moreish), my dining companion and I decided to loosen our belts and go for Abdul’s platter of tandoori kebabs for two. A slate platter arrived with three generous portions of chicken, lamb and salmon, which were accompanied by buttery sauces. The lamb, as previously mentioned, was a delight, but we couldn’t fault the chicken or salmon either. All three were well cooked and juicy to boot.
For my main course, I went for the dry spice crusted free range chicken bread with korma sauce, and my companion ordered the tandoori red deer with root vegetables and yoghurt sauce. We polished off both. My chicken was just spicy enough to give it a kick without being too hot, and the korma sauce didn’t overwhelm it. Like the starter before it, it was tender and wonderfully succulent.
My companion’s tandoori red deer was so good he didn’t speak until he finished it; I tried a bit, and the combination of flavours was delicious. Cinnamon Kitchen know how to do root vegetables; not a wilted carrot or burned chunk of swede in sight.
We managed to find to find room for dessert, and plumped for the buffalo milk kulfi with a vermicelli nest, and a seasonal fruit sorbet. Both came beautifully presented and they weren’t too sweet – all in all, a perfect end to the evening.
Behind the bar:
We were served a glass of berry fizz on arrival, which went down very well, and then we tried a range of wines. The Domaine Sainte Marie and Barbera d’Asti, which are both reds, are fruity little numbers that complimented spicy food, and the Pernand Vergelesse ler cru, a white wine from Burgundy, was just as drinkable.
Starters from £6.50, mains from £12.50, desserts from £5, champagne from £7.10/glass, wine from £4.90/glass.
We left completely satisfied, and weaving a little from all that terrific red wine. I’ll definitely be back; these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to curry.
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Cinnamon Kitchen, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YL