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Cinnamon Bazaar

Restaurants, Indian Covent Garden
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An offshoot of the iconic Cinnamon Club, serving Indian food with a twist.

The inspiration behind Cinnamon Bazaar may be a traditional marketplace, but don’t go expecting to haggle. With rose gold walls, rich pink silk awnings and flower baskets hanging from the ceiling, this is a pimped-out bazaar for the business-lunch crowd. As an offshoot of Westminster’s Cinnamon Club – an old hand at high-end Indian dining in London – this kitchen specialises in imaginative fusions of East and West. The star dish was a lamb rogan josh shepherd’s pie; filled with cardamom-infused lamb and topped with buttery mashed potato, it was a perfect balance of old-school British comfort and tangy, warming Indian flavours. Another highlight was a Malabar boatman’s haddock curry rich with beautifully fresh fish.

With the hits came a few misses. Service was slow (and a little clueless) and my carrot halwa roll pud came with an overbearing, clove-heavy ice cream. There’s also something about all that pristine silk decor that makes you long for a bit of dirty souk atmosphere. But if it’s a swanky work lunch you’re after, Cinnamon Bazaar will deliver the goods. And that shepherd’s pie might change your life.

Details

Address: 28 Maiden Lane
London
WC2E 7JS
Transport: Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £95.
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Special offers

Journey through Bazaar Tasting menu £38pp

7 dish tasting menu Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 10 People Mon-Sat 12:00PM-10:30PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Vegan menu 4 courses £30pp

from a set menu Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 10 People Mon-Fri 12:00PM-10:00PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Lunch hour menu: 2/3 courses £17pp/£20pp

From a set menu. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Daily 12:00PM-5:00PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Pre-Post Theatre menu with a Bazaar Bellini : 2 courses £21pp

Or 3 courses £24pp. From a set menu. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Daily 5:30PM-6:30PM 9:00PM-10:30PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Afternoon tea with a twist £24.50pp with a Bellini

includes Bellini Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 10 People Daily 3:00PM-5:00PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Weekend Brunch 32.50pp for 3 courses and a Mr Lyan cocktail

From a set menu Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 10 People Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM,Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

The Grand Bazaar Weekend Brunch: £30.00pp

A selection of dishes served at once, family style with bread and rice. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes VAT, includes service. Valid For: 4 - 20 People Sun 11:00AM-4:00PM,Sat 11:00AM-4:00PM

Offer valid until May 1 2019

Users say (9)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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tastemaker

This place would have had much higher stars form me if the value had matched the quantity we got.

Firstly I'm not against spice but honestly the food we had was way too spicy for me. Goodness. A simple watermelon dish had more spice than any of the curries we ordered.. How is that possible?

And the £22 prawn dish I ordered had 3 small prawns a handful of rice and some melted greens... Honestly I have no problem splashing the cash but that dish was extremely bad value. I dont think they are good enough for the amount of money that was spent there... Sorry... There are places like dishoom, hoppers and bengal kitchen dishing out delights at wayyyy better prices. Also I found the waiters too nosey and linger-Y... It made me feel uncomfortable and pressured.

tastemaker

Amazing decor in the restaurant, a welcoming bar and fantastic staff. We popped in for a margarita believing this was still the site of a fantastic mexican restaurant and upon realising the premises had changed we decided to stay anyway. I was still able to enjoy a sublime margarita followed by a twist on the classic old fashioned cocktail. The cinnamon powder and coconut infused whisky was a delight and from what I saw, the food was just as good. Will be back to try more again soon.

tastemaker

The service stood out for me at this restaurant. Staff were friendly and really helpful with explaining the menu and recommending dishes.

I think the concept is Indian tapas but as we had a set menu it was difficult to judge.

The lamb kebab for starters was so tender I thought it was raw. Apparently the texture is unique to this type of kebab and was created for someone very important back in the day. Without teeth perhaps?

Anyway it was delicious and served with yummy chutneys and a paratha.

I had a pork main which was like a dry curry. Slightly crispy but tender pork with a mild but very tasty marinade. Strangely the dishes didn't come with rice/nan but dhal, so we ordered some on the side to mop everything up.

For desert I had a walnut and chocolate cake which was basically a brownie and made me very happy.

My only gripe was that the voucher had the lamb rogan josh shepherds pie listed as an option but this wasn't on the restaurant menu for me.

Would definitely go back. Tasty food, great service and a buzzing atmosphere.

tastemaker

Cinnamon Bazaar is the hipper version of its sister restaurants. The decor is beautiful and the vibe is relaxed. However, I had a disappointing experience at their afternoon tea today. The vegetarian food options for the tea were mediocre in comparison to the delicious a la carte options which I've enjoyed on previous visits and the service wasn't up to its usual high standard. I will definitely be going to the restaurant for the a la carte menu but not the afternoon tea!

Tastemaker

Loved:

- Decor: This restaurant is soooo colourful! All the pinks, greens and oranges - Totally loved it! And there are plants everywhere.

- Price: It has the look on the outside of a restaurant that would be very expensive but, as it tunrs out, it's very affordable! I was so happilly surprised!

- Food quality: TASTINESSSSSS! The food smelled good, looked good, and tasted awesome! I had a lovely lamb main that was also served with an incredible yogurty, pink, pomegranate wonder. I would so recommend!

- Service: All the staff members we encountered were adorable and very helpful.

- Location: It doesn't get more central than the heart of Covent Garden and is located right across the street from a super cool Irish Pub so I believe that would be the perfect combo for an evening out.


Hated:

- Frankly, nothing.

Tastemaker

This is a beautiful restaurant nestled in the heart of Covent Garden.

The set dinner menus are great value, if you're not looking to blow the budget, especially as it includes a cocktail which is almost half the price of the two course set menu.

The cocktail list is crazy; I have never come across such an eclectic combination of ingredients. We tried a few of the cocktails, including the Gin Fizz which is Beefeater Gin, cream, saffron tincture, almond, lemon, egg white, soda. The Old Fashioned was probably my favourite although the Masala Coke float was nice but perhaps better suited to after dinner.

The food is the real star of the show although some dishes are better than others, which is to be expected. The Crab and beetroot Bonda is visually stunning but it wasn't that exciting taste wise although it was enjoyable. The double cooked pork belly on the other hand is the stuff that dreams are made of.

tastemaker

As I live in tooting surrounded by amazing curry houses I had very high hopes for this new Indian on my favourite street in Covent Garden. My four friends and I had booked a late 9.30pm slot and accidentally managed to qualifying for their 2 course set menu which we decided to opt for! After ordering four of each starter and four of the best mains (definitely order two of the Indian shepherds pie...lush) we split everything evenly and dived in to try it all. The cod was a surprising highlight with a really fluffy and tangy texture and all four starters exceeded expectations.

The place has such a lovely atmosphere with the hanging plants, colours and busy tables that it's a joy to eat in and we had a memorable meal. Different to your average Indian as they're not afraid to create some unique dishes. Definitely returning soon for more of that pie :)

tastemaker

A more affordable version of Cinnamon Club. We had to wait quite a long time for our mains but the good quality and affordable prices made up for it.

tastemaker

Cinnamon Bazaar by Vivek Singh is the latest addition to the Cinnamon Collection family following the successes of its sister restaurants The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Kitchen. Inspired by Bazaars dotted along the spice, silk and frankincense routes around India, the restaurant has a more relaxed feel compared to the other collection members. Bazaars, similar to marketplaces, are home to trade, socialising and entertainment and the influences of the colours, smells and energy successfully shine through the vibrant menu.


The first thing that caught my eye on the menu was the varied chaat selection. Chaat is one my favourite Indian dishes - the casual roadside delight which includes yoghurt, savoury snacks and delicious chutneys bursting with flavour honestly makes my heart skip a beat. It’s so rare to find an Indian restaurant in central London with more than two chaat options so I was firstly impressed with the choice and secondly with how veggie friendly the choices were. My fave was the Aloo Tikki Chaat – a stand out dish and a great accompaniment when paired with other spicy dishes.


From grilled aubergine to carrots incorporated in the dessert, vegetables are not an afterthought on the menu and vegetarians are in no way stuck for options or limited to paneer and daal (a familiar scenario with many of the nicer Indian restaurants in central London). We tried a selection of the vegetarian dishes and were impressed with the flavours and varied spices that seeped through the food. The dishes we enjoyed the most were the chaats, kabuli kofta, honey and garlic potatoes and the cardamom kheer creme brûlée. I expected a bit more from the house daal and char-grilled cauliflower because the daal and cauliflower at Cinnamon Soho were memorable and richer in flavour. 


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