Please note, Cinnamon Soho has now closed. Time Out Food editors, September 2018.
An offshoot of Westminster’s classy Cinnamon Club, this more casual venue specialises in small plates inspired by pan-Indian flavours and western presentation. Don’t be deterred by the dark and narrow ground floor and basement dining areas – the cooking, overseen by talented executive chef, Vivek Singh, is the real attraction.
Try, for instance, the Punjabi-style gingery lamb mince, topped with crisp-crusted juicy brain fritters sharpened by a kick of lime. Remember to order breads for mopping up the marvellous masala. Lighter in texture, South Indian quinoa salad, seasoned with curry leaves, mustard seeds and chopped tomatoes, provides plenty of splendid citrus notes. An Indo-Chinese chilli chicken collaboration was so good that we ordered second helpings of the delectable seared morsels with their sweet and garlicky soy-chilli glaze.
An outstanding ox cheek vindaloo featured tender meat in an unbeatable, almost pickled, garlicky masala. The only glitch was laal maas, a supposedly fiery lamb curry from Rajasthan, let down by a shortfall in chilli heat. The young service team needs to invest more energy in getting to grips with the menu, and promoting it to curious diners unsure of what to order.
|Venue name:||Cinnamon Soho - CLOSED|
5 Kingly Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; 11.30am-4pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Oxford Circus or Picadilly Circus tube|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:4
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:2
- 1 star:3
Had the most amazing vegetarian aubergine dish here and banana ice-cream to die for! Definitely intend to visit again to try out their High Chai.
Over-priced and disappointing. Food is below average, the tables are too close together and the service is slow and unfriendly. This isn't a patch on the superb Westminster branch which I would recommend. With so many great places to eat in Soho there is no reason to go here. AVOID!
Our visit to Cinnamon Soho last night was pre-booked as a birthday treat and intended as a chance to experience another Cinnamon venture - it was extremely disappointing, expensive and something never to be repeated. The service, when finally noticed, was skittish and lacked consistency, concentration and coordination – forty minutes just to be served a re-filled bottle of tap water. The food, which will only be remembered for being later than Marilyn, was pretentiously and artlessly arranged for what it was, tepid with unconvincing flavours, while the only dish that appeared freshly cooked and hot was the peschwari naan [with a fig jam stuffing – why?]. As for the spatial arrangement of tables – you need a desperate re-think. Tables within such intimate proximity that we felt we were dining with the adjacent cover with questionable table manners, and had attempt an assault course to exit. Altogether an arduous and exhausting experience leaving one, especially the birthday girl, feeling less than elevated or replete, certainly not celebratory.
Gorgeous venue for group bookings and must say very impressive backdrop for weddings. I had been there last year to attend a friends wedding coupled with a personal visit recently. It never fails to impress and very popular among both Britishers and Indian fraternity. I wonder how they mange to please people with various expectations. One of the interesting aspect was to see how manage the crowd in the Bar as it does get a bit busier and people after few pints forget they are humans. I was very impressed with their Indian Duty Manager's approach towards a city broker. My only suggestion to them would be to also open on Saturday for lunch time and perhaps change the furniture in the front area. Other than that perfect and stylish setting and "Best Indian food" in London atleast in east. www.cinnamonsoho.com
Brilliant Indian outpost in the westend of theatre district. Been here a few times after visiting its sister restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen for business lunches. Went there for Sunday brunch which seemed quite relaxed and perfect after carrying the heavy shopping bags for my partner. Guess it's an oasis behind the busy Regent street. Liked the Holi cocktail they were serving along with the spiced scotch eggs. Very creative and reasonably priced!
Magnificent Indian restaurant famous for it's Bheja fry. I tried them at Taste of London as they had won the award for this best dish. At first I wasn't very sure if I can really try the Lamb brains but it just melted in my mouth. The other best dishes on the menu were kachori fritters, burnt chilli chicken and the carrot halwa roll! I still have taste in my mouth and can travel to London just to try these dishes time and time again.
We tried it today and loved the food and presentation. Nice atmosphere and not too expensive. We ordered the quick lunch (set meal) and it arrived promptly and full of flavours.
Having been a fan of Westminster’s Cinnamon Club, I decided to try Cinnamon Soho for Friday lunch, hoping to get the weekend off to a good start. There were three options: a rapid lunch with the curry of the day for £7.50; a two-course lunch for £15 (three for £18); and the regular a’ la carte. Having booked in advance, I was shown to a great table for four next to the bar but with lots of space around us and which allowed us to sit adjacent to each other. Some of the smaller tables looked a bit nipped in and the downstairs bar may be fine for an intimate evening dinner, but looked too dark and stuffy for lunch on an unseasonably sunny October day. The service was professional, friendly but not in our face and didn’t disrupt conversation. As this is the ‘cheekier’, trendier and newest addition to the Cinnamon family, staff were informally dressed with black Cinnamon branded aprons over their normal clothes. “I thought it would be busier than this” said my guest when he arrived in the virtually empty restaurant promptly at 12.30pm. By the time we left 90 minutes later, the place was packed and understandably so. We opted for the two course menu and chose the burnt chilli chicken and sweet potato cakes. Both were well presented and accompanied by a dollop of spicy green sauce but the chicken won the day with succulent chunks of meat cooked with onions and coloured peppers in deliciously dark, sticky coating. The potato cakes for me, could have been a little spicier. We checked out the Keralan fish pie with our waitress but I was put off by the addition of ‘squids’ in the pie and the pastry topping didn’t appeal to my guest. We both plumped for the tilapia which was served with a timbale of white rice and florets of al dente broccoli. The two decently sized fillets of fish were coated with seasoning and free from bone and skin with yet more green sauce. We opted for a side order of a plain naan although it wasn’t really necessary. We lingered over coffee which allowed us to see the rapid lunch being served to the next door table of suits. The rectangular wicker baskets contained lots of small dishes and looked terrific value if you were in a rush and wanted something relatively simple. The wine list started at £16 and our bottle of Hungarian Pinot Grigio “single vineyard” Hilltop at £19 was fine. So, how did it compare with the older, grander atmosphere of the Cinnamon Club? It’s smaller and less formal with its table settings but the food is just as good and being just off Regent Street, it would make an ideal lunch-time respite from your forthcoming Christmas shopping. My only suggestion: get the waitress out of her blue jeans.
7 of us went for dinner last night and we found the meal to be very average. It took around 45 minutes to get our dishes and the restaurant was not very busy. The lamb dish that three of us ordered was simply a large bowl of rice with 5-6 pieces of lamb in it and several pieces of lamb were very fatty and not tender. We expected a much better dish considering the time we waited. The restaurant doesn't have any character, particularly compared to the Westminster branch. For £30 per head including wine it wasn't expensive but that was for one course and for that sort of money you can get much better Indian food in London. Very disappointed.
Amazing and exciting food at a really reasonable price. Disagree with the above review regarding the portion sizes and the service, not only were the portions more than ample but our waitress was extremely quick & efficient. Agree that the interior is a little lack lustre, but you are able to sit outside which in the summer would be perfect.
Oh dear. My friends and I were excited by the review. It is half right the room is as described It is wrong because the food is awful too. The experience lingers unfortunately. The worst meal I have had in a while.
Great review. Also THANK YOU Guy Dimond for being one of the ONLY reviewers in England to get the name Keralite right - as opposed to the absolutely made up Keralan which is being used by UK chefs, press and even Indian chefs in the UK. Kudos.
Agree about the location and interior but not about the portion sizes; I was actually delighted that a new restaurant was offering starters, main courses and desserts rather than sharing/small plates and found them ample - certainly not 'the size of side dishes'. The halwa was a small portion but so too would one want it to be given the sweetness, and indeed the price - only about £4 as I recall.
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