Cinnamon Kitchen review
Cinnamon Kitchen & Anise
9 Devonshire Square
020 7626 5000
CINNAMON Kitchen, the sister restaurant of the famous Cinnamon Club in Westminster, shows no signs of letting up on the sibling rivalry.
While its brother attracts the political class, Cinnamon Kitchen is a stone's throw away from the capital's financial hub so expect a buzzing and lively atmosphere with lots of people suited and booted.
The dining room is a large and bright open -planned area where you can see the chefs working the grill while the kitchen is hidden away behind opaque windows.
The menu is simple but oozes class. It is the brainchild of executive chef and CEO Vivek Singh, a regular on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, Celebrity Masterchef and UKTV’s Market Kitchen.
We began with the Scottish lobster in a momos dumpling, a light starter which went well with the spicy sauce. That was bettered by my partner's wild african prawn, a huge lobster-like shell where you have to scoop out the meat which has a strong barbeque taste and goes well with the range of chutneys on offer. Both starters are better off for one person rather than to share.
For mains, my partner had the wild muchroom and fig koftas with layered parathas. It had a traditional home-cooked taste and will leave you wanting more.
I went for the char-grilled rump of kentish lamb which was tough to chop up but goes well with rice, creating a fusion of eastern and western flavours.
For dessert, I went for the Valrhona dark chocolate souffle, a light dessert which takes 15 minutes to make. A better option is the passion fruit tart, a good portion which has a mouth-watering taste and is complemented by the blob of clotted cream.
Be prepared to wait between courses though as the diners stream in for late dinners.
Overall, Cinnamon Kitchen more than holds its own in the competitive Devonshire Square area.
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