Cinamon Soho is the latest venture from Executive Chef Vivek Singh and his first foray into the West End, just a stone’s throw from Carnaby Street. Together with head chef Ramachandran Raju, who has worked with Vivek for over 10 years, they have created an all day menu that combines modern Indian cuisine with British favourites.
Dishes getting food fiends hot under the collar include a range of Indian inspired balls such as Bangla-Scotch Egg and Vegetable Shikampur and a collection of Brit-style pies, such as Roganjosh Shepherds Pie and Keralan Seafood Pie. Other British influences includes Curried Cullen Skink, a Scottish staple spiked with Indian spice, and a Punjabi-style Fish and Masala Chips that’s about as far removed from the newspaper-wrapped classic as you can get.
In addition to a la carte, diners can also enjoy a menu of sharing plates on an all-day menu, plates such as Indian Pizza, Green Pea Kachori Fritter and Paneer Bhuji Delhi Sandwich, set lunch, pre- and post-theatre menus and a menu of daily specials that features must-tries such as Rajasthani Rabbit and Corn, Chilli-fried Beef and Paratha, and Lobster Momo.
To accompany your Indian British meal, Bar Manager Dainius Kazlasuskas has devised a cocktail list that will certainly make conversation with your dining partners interesting. The list includes cool concoctions such as ‘Bhangra Bubbles’ – rum, Chambord, homemade spiced syrup and champagne. ‘Burning with Passion’ – vodka over proof rum, orange juice, passion fruit and strawberry puree, dusted with cinnamon and served flaming. ‘Orange Julep’ – bourbon infused with toasted figs, Grand Marnier and gooseberry chutney; and ‘Cha Cha Cha’ -Green Chartreuse, cloves, pineapple and champagne.
Meanwhile, oenophiles can enjoy an accomplished wine list that showcases an array of old and new worlds by the carafe and glass, whilst those after something less alcoholic can sip on sweet or salted lassis, mocktails and a cinnamon-infused masala tea.
The Cinnamon Club opened in Westminster to much foodie fanfare in 2001; Cinnamon Kitchen followed in 2009 and caused a similar stir in the City. Never one to stand still Singh has struck again with his venture into Soho. All sleek teak and shiny steel, Cinnamon Soho retains all the sophistication of its older siblings with a sexy Soho twist.
The stylish space is spread across two floors; upstairs is the main restaurant with a see-and-be-seen-in dining room; downstairs offers more dining space with a peepshow into the kitchen that gives guests a voyeuristic glimpse of chefs’ creative hands at work. For the balmier summer months, there’s an additional smattering of coveted tables outside on Kingly Street; perfect for people-watching. Chic but more casual than its sister restaurants, Cinnamon Soho is sympathetic to its Soho surroundings and offers stylish dining in the heart of Central London.
Visit: http://www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/Soho-Landing for more information.