Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Cinnamon Club

Where: Westminster

Cuisine: Indian

Swank Levels: 5/5


Cinnamon Club has a reputation for being the best Indian Restaurant in London and it certainly lived up to this on my long awaited visit. As the pinnacle of Indian cuisine in London I have been craving to go to Cinnamon Club for years and was beyond excited when the perfect opportunity came up.
It cost £2.6million to set this restaurant up, by converting the Grade II listed building which was the Old Westminster Library. The actual dining space is a calming and spacious large high ceilinged room with rows of books lining the upper mezzanine. This is a beautiful space with a sense of grandeur and authenticity to it, helped by the leather panelling and classic wooden tables and chairs, as well as the fact that all the waiters are dressed in smart black suits.

The restaurant also houses two very different bars, one within a library which exudes a calming atmosphere, and a slightly more quirky and modern bar downstairs. As always with Michelin Star Restaurants, the bathroom is luxurious to the extent that it stocks L’Occitaine products. In fact, this is the first restaurant I have been to where there is a doorman to open the door for you as well as call you a cab should you require it when you leave, throwing the swank levels of the scale.

Would I Want Seconds?

My Starter - Amazing chutneys!

Of course. Executive Chef and celebrity in his own right Vivek Singh is amazing, as is his menu. The dishes on his menu all have traditional Indian origins but are also given are slight European makeover to deem them worthy of a Michelin starred kitchen. Cinnamon Club’s aim is to combine traditional Indian cooking techniques with modern European design templates to create dishes that are very distinctive to this restaurant.
Cinnamon Club has a variety of menus to choose from including a highly acclaimed Breakfast menu, an eight-course Feast Menu and special festival showcases. Alongside this array of food, the extensive wine and cocktail menu also reflects the diversity and quality on offer, which is to be expected from a restaurant which has two bars.

One fear with top quality restaurants like this is that the portions will be tiny, but this is not the case with Cinnamon Club. From the three courses that I ordered they were all a decent size. More importantly of course the flavours are beautiful and well thought out. The spicing in my curried char-grilled chicken breast was warming and soft on the taste buds. My dessert, a white chocolate parfait was stunning and a perfect way to end the meal.

Could I Afford Seconds?

The reason why it has taken me years to step into Cinnamon Club is purely because of the price. Politicians frequent this place for lunch regularly but when you’re not getting your meal expensed Cinnamon Club was out of bounds. However I was beyond thrilled when I discovered the restaurant had launched a ridiculously low priced set menu which allows humble beings like myself to dine at such an exclusive restaurant.


 
The menu consists of two courses for £22 or three courses for £24, which would usually be the price of one main course if dining from the a la carte menu. What’s more, if you choose to dine from this menu in the month of May they will throw in a free Strawberry Burst Cocktail which is quite heavy on the alcohol! This menu is available Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm–2:45pm, 6:00pm-6:30pm and from 9:30pm onwards, and it is definitely worth a try. In fact, I plan on making the most of this offer and dining at Cinnamon Club as many times as I can this month!





Overall 5/5

I’ve tried a few high-end Indian restaurants in London and Cinnamon Club is one of my favourites.

Although this is one of the best and most exclusive restaurants in London diners eating from the cheaper set menu are not hurried along or brushed over. Instead the service delivered by the doorman to that by staff in the two bars and in the main dining room in attentive and well-informed; it’s obvious that the staff here are trained to make everyone feel like a VIP and it’s a feeling I’d happily get used to.
I would highly recommend Cinnamon Club to all and am yet to think of a negative about it.


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