Cinnamon Soho: where Indian food goes urban

Vivek Singh’s London restaurants are definitely like real-life sisters. First born Cinnamon Club (Westminster) is the overachiever with its Michelin star; middle child Cinnamon Kitchen (Liverpool St) is the cool, calm, stylish one with its Anise Bar; and the youngest Cinnamon Soho, is the trendy urban type.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreCinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreMG and I found ourselves in Cinnamon Soho for dinner. Compared to the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, the vibe is a lot more casual and a lot more relaxed here. The offering is quite similar though, the menu centers around modern Indian small plates.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreWe started off with cocktails. MG went for Burning with Passion (£10 – vodka, over proof rum, OJ, passion fruit and strawberry) whilst I went for a Garden Mojito (£9 – Bacardi, elderflower, apple juice, cucumber and mint). I thought the cocktails were a bit too sweet and not so potent. Perhaps we’ll grab wine next time.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreFirst to arrive were the crab and curry leaf balls (£4.50) which I thought were pretty decent. I liked the balance between the sweetness of the crab and the boldness of the cumin.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreMG ordered the chicken korma (£12.50 with £1 donated towards Action Against Hunger’s Love Food, Give Food campaign). I didn’t think anyone could ever make curry look photogenic, but Cinnamon Kitchen’s modern take on the Indian curry classic defied that. More importantly, the tandoori chicken breast was moist and the cashew korma sauce was not overwhelming.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreI opted for the Kolkata spiced cod (£9) with mustard leaves and red onion on our server’s recommendation. The fish itself was cooked beautifully and sans the sauce, flavoursome. The curry sauce has a good spicy kick and the flavours are really strong. I liked the dish overall, but I think they could refine it a bit more so as the sauce won’t overpower the fish.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreWe also ordered a biryani (£14) with Hyderabadi-style lamb. Whilst I thought the lamb was cooked very well, I wanted the rice to have had a bit more smoky, curry flavours.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreThat said, I loved how comforting this was. It came with a Burhani raita which gave a slight kick and cream to the dish.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreTo mop the sauces, we ordered two portions of the garlic naan (£3) which was very yummy and garlicky – just as we like it!

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreWe were rather too full, but for blogging purposes, we ended up getting some anyway. MG had a scoop of banana ice cream (£1.50) which was decked with some berry coulis, crumble and peanut brittle. I ended up finishing this because I really enjoyed it!

OOPS.

Cinnamon Soho by The Girl Next ShoreMy dessert was a chilled rice kheer with honey parfait, rosewater and pistachio. Essentially, a rice pudding which I didn’t enjoy as much as I wanted. Possibly because the rosewater was too overpowering that it had that perfume-esque aftertaste.

Verdict

Indian cuisine may not be my forte but I thought Cinnamon Kitchen offered decent, bold flavours and good cooking. The ambience may not be as refined as Vivek Singh’s other restaurants nor as vibey as Dishoom down the road, but hey, you won’t have to wait two hours for your food. It’s quick, easy and pretty delicious. Go for a casual curry night.

(3.5/5)

Cinnamon Kitchen
5 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B
Our meal was complimentary but ave spend pp is £30
Cinnamon Soho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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10 Comments

  1. 27th November 2016 / 6:36 pm

    It does look yummy, and you’re right, Dishoom queues are just not the thing when I want a good quick Indian!

    • 30th November 2016 / 8:05 am

      I can’t believe people still queue for it! 🙂

  2. 28th November 2016 / 6:32 am

    I have to say I didn’t really enjoy my meal at Cinammon Kitchen… and thought it was very spenny! Prices here look more appealing though and I’m glad some of the dishes were tasty, I wouldn’t mind trying 🙂 Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

    • 30th November 2016 / 8:08 am

      I liked the vibe in Cinnamon Kitchen but food-wise I thought it was just okay. I wouldn’t mind trying Cinnamon club! This one was decent although I’m hearing mixed reviews!

  3. 29th November 2016 / 10:33 am

    I do enjoy a good Indian meal, this looks a little hit and miss. I really want to go to Cinnamon Club as I’ve heard such good things!x

    • 30th November 2016 / 8:09 am

      Yeah I’ve been hearing mixed reviews! 🙂 I wouldn’t mind trying Cinnamon Club as well!

  4. 30th November 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Have heard mixed things about this place but I rather like the look of it. Looks like a great place for dinner pre-Friday night in Soho!

    • Honey de Gracia
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      3rd December 2016 / 10:47 am

      I didn’t know what to expect but I genuinely enjoyed my meal. Probs not for dindin but it was oka! =)

  5. 1st December 2016 / 10:04 am

    Having been to Cinnamon Club I was a little disappointed by Cinnamon Soho. I thought the food was ok but the decor was boring and a little tired. I think it’s fine for a lunch in Soho but definitely not a night out.

    • Honey de Gracia
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      3rd December 2016 / 10:45 am

      Agree, not a dinner spot! I’ve yet to try Cinnamon Club! x