Indian favourites are given a British twist at Cinnamon Soho, back in business after a cool, contemporary re-design.
What to Expect
Cinnamon Soho is not your average Indian restaurant – you won’t find starched linen table cloths or dated décor here. Founded by award-winning chef, Vivek Singh, Cinnamon Soho is the little sister of the much-acclaimed The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen, and promises a casual approach to modern Indian dining.
Step through the door from the cobbles of bustling Carnaby Street and be transported to the streets of Mumbai (or at least a much cooler vision), with stark, vivid walls and tangled light installations. There’s even a vendor cart suspended from the wall.
What to Eat
Open all day from breakfast through to dinner, start off your day with one of their Parathas – warm flatbreads filled with combinations such as cauliflower and Keene’s cheddar (Bollyflower Cheese) or coconut and jaggery rice (Meetha). The Big Kitchen Mash Up has everything you’d expect from a traditional English fry up with a few surprises thrown in, including kadhai field mushroom and spicy potatoes, alongside fried eggs and streaky bacon (there’s also a vegetarian alternative).
But Cinnamon Soho comes in to its own with its lunch and dinner menu of individual Soho Plates, which are designed for sharing. Try the Keema Paratha – flatbread filled with smoky, spiced lamb mince, which melted in the mouth, served with pomegranate raita – or the Pepper Fry, with curry leaf and plump, juicy pepper-fried shrimp.
But, as we’ve come to expect by now, look closer and you’ll find dishes that have been given an Anglo-Indian twist: the Lamb Rogan Josh Shepherd’s Pie started life as traditional British comfort food, but was raised to new heights and given a generous kick of spice.
Similarly, the Spinach Dumpling, again with roots in a British classic, was served with a light, flavoursome tomato and fenugreek sauce. For something sweet, try the Chocolate Golis: chocolate truffles with unexpected flavour combinations, including dark chocolate and chilli and white chocolate and cardamom. Unusual… but it works!
What to Drink
Don’t miss the signature cocktails… with a twist! The Cinnamon Bellini is a warming combination of cinnamon tea, Goldschläger and prosecco, while the Chilli Black Mango mixes whisky, Fireball, mango juice, spicy vanilla sugar and a hint of black pepper to create a heady kick. As for beer, of course there are the Indian classics, Cobra and Kingfisher, while Britain is represented with London Pilsner and Guinness.
With so many delicious plates to share, Cinnamon Soho is great for dining in a group. The relaxed atmosphere and central location make it the perfect spot for lunch with friends or dinner with colleagues. Downstairs, the dining room seats 35 people and can be hired out for a birthday celebration or a Christmas party that’s different from the norm.
The High Chai afternoon tea. Take a break from shopping and pop in to discover this very British institution given an Indian twist. Choose from the finest Jing teas or Indian Masala Chai, served alongside three tiers of Indian delights, including Tandoori Chicken and Chutney Sandwich, Paneer Naan Pizza and Malabar Plum Cake to name just a few!
Cinnamon Soho | 5 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PF | Opening times: Monday-Saturday, 9am-1am, Sunday, 10am-4pm | Set menu: lunch, two courses for £12, three courses for £15; dinner, two courses for £16, three courses for £19 | Afternoon tea: £25 for two people or £35 including two glasses of Cinnamon Bellini