Cinnamon City Kitchen: It's a cinn' not to try this London curry house
If you find yourself in London and craving curry then you need to head to Cinnamon City Kitchen.
Located in Devonshire Square beside Liverpool Street, this rates as the best Indian restaurant I have eaten in while in the city.
One of the stars of Indian celebrity chef Vivek Singh's growing empire of high-end Indian restaurants, it is a must try if you love spice.
Expect a range of unusual and stunning dishes from this casual but sophisticated eatery.
While you wait on your food make sure to grab a cocktail (try the Coconut Kir consisting of toasted coconut, coconut liqueur and Wyborowa vodka - it is a wonder!).
They have also a mouth-watering snack menu to whet the appetite while you wait for your starters. Think masala popcorn and firecracker chicken wings with a deliciously moreish chilli-garlic sauce.
The food menu has a range of small street food style plates known as Muzzeh you can also try. We chose the perfectly spiced madras hot shrimp pepper fry. It has just the right kick without overpowering the dish.
It would be so easy to just eat a load of snacks and small plates but in the interests of a proper review, I disciplined myself to wait for the mains and I was so glad I did.
My punjabi kurchan chicken leg curry was superb. This rich, spicy dish was a delight and exemplifed the skill in the kitchen. My other half chose the tandoori chicken breast with fennel and coriander, bay leaf and pepper sauce. While the dish may sound simple it was anything but with complex flavours that worked wonderfully together.
Only I was too full I would have tried their chargrilled saddle of lamb with Rajasthani corn, yoghurt sauce and pilau rice. It looked exquisite on the table next to me.
We were both beaten and couldn't try dessert but they have a great selection, including ginger toffee pudding, cinnamon ice cream and saffron poached pear with coconut rice payasam, which both caught my eye.
And when you have finished your meal why not relax under the stars with a few drinks at their all-weather terrace with its large palm trees, verdant plants, colourful daybeds and festival-style festoon lighting.
If you want elegant Indian dining that is a true taste sensation you must check this out.
- Cinnamon Kitchen City, 9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL