Anise – Cinnamon Kitchen’s chic cocktail bar – isn’t one to jump on the PR bandwagon; it’s purely coincidence that its marathon of a menu is made up of five multi-coloured dishes accompanied by five flaming, torch cocktails.
Winning plates include the blue shrikhand cheesecake with berries (£3.50); the yellow dahi bhalla with chaat (£4); the black port baby back ribs (£5); the green tandoori chicken green spices (£4.50); and the red chilli paneer (£4.50). Forget bronze and silver: head chef Abdul Yaseen has struck gold with these gourmet offerings – though again, nothing to do with Stratford shenanigans.
For sustenance of the liquid variety, a martini menu of similarly colourful cocktails provides fuel for the fire at just £9.50 each. Prop up the bar with the Ocean Blue; the Hot Passion; the Black Temple; the Playmate; and the Velvet & Silk. Energising and exciting, they’re potent pick-me-ups that pack a heavyweight punch.
And with everything served just a hop, skip and a jump from the sporting site everyone seems to be talking about, Anise is the perfect place to recharge and refuel when the day is done and you’ve crossed the finish line.
But if you like a little culture with your cocktails and modern Indian cuisine, sidestep into adjoining Cinnamon Kitchen for a Paralympic photographic exhibition by Marcus Lyon: the British artist has created six new bespoke images for Cinnamon Kitchen inspired by the Paralympics that are will be on show in the restaurant from the end of June through to August.
So indulge in a plate or two, knock back a cocktail or three and kick off the running shoes. Victory is yours at Anise and Cinnamon Kitchen – just don’t draw parallels between this offering and the event-that-cannot-be-named.
Anise, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YL
T: 020 7626 5000. www.cinnamon-kitchen.com
For more info on Marcus Lyon, go to www.marcuslyon.com
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