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Cinnamon Kitchen, the City

  • November 18, 2023
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Cinnamon Kitchen, the City

by Philip Ashby Rudd

In the midst of the evolving landscape of the City of London, we recently stumbled upon a culinary gem – The Cinnamon Kitchen, Devonshire Square. Nestled within a converted courtyard adjacent to Liverpool Street, the restaurant provided shelter from the endless rain we’ve been experiencing recently. The setting exuded a certain charm, featuring well-established trees, understated fairy lights, and many different restaurants to choose from, contributing to the area’s revival.

When arriving at the Cinnamon Kitchen, we were warmly received by Peter, an attentive waiter, who exuded Mediterranean hospitality. He graciously led us to a comfortable balcony overlooking the bustling square. The menu offered a captivating blend of contemporary Indian cuisine, thoughtfully incorporating locally sourced British ingredients.

We started with a selection from the à la carte menu, complemented by Indian-inspired cocktails. The Mumbai Sweet Manhattan, priced at £11.95, masterfully integrated Indian spices, while the non-alcoholic Lemon and Lime Jack offered a crisp alternative. Peter’s suggestion of the St. Laurand, a refined South of France Chardonnay at £35 per bottle, harmonised beautifully with our starters: Punjab Samosa Smash (£8), Chargrilled Lamb Fillet (£12), and Chettinad Shrimps (£11). The chef’s expertise shone as each dish held a distinct flavour prior to the infusion of aromatic spices.

A short break and out came the Tandoori Venison Rump (£29), sourced from a Scottish estate, accompanied by Garlic Rice and Savoy Cabbage. A side of House Black Lentils (£5.50) and freshly baked Tandoori Bread provided a touch of indulgence. The addition of Homemade Chutney (£4) raised the bar further and didn’t disappoint. The meticulous preparation of Chargrilled King Prawns (£25), delicately seasoned with turmeric, showcased a visually appealing and flavourful creation.

For someone who appreciates desserts, a satisfying conclusion to the meal is incomplete without a sweet touch. The Cinnamon Kitchen’s innovative twist on classic desserts piqued my interest. The Mango Crème Brûlée (£7.50), featuring a subtle chilli note, was a delightful revelation. The Royal Punjab Malai (£6.70), a decadent fusion of double cream, condensed milk, vanilla, and ice cream, stood out in particular. A soothing mint tea was the perfect ending to a delightful meal. 

About Author

Philip Ashby Rudd

Philip Ashby Rudd, a Dorset-based writer, artist, and hotelier, boasts a colorful past. After rubbing shoulders with Damien Hirst at Goldsmiths College, he took a brief detour as an army officer—albeit a short-lived one, thanks to a memorable encounter involving a taser and one too many drinks. Under the tutelage of Raymond Blanc, he honed his culinary skills before acquiring Bishops Cottage, a hotel in Lulworth Cove, once home to Bishop Wordsworth, the poet's great-nephew. Where he once spent his days channeling the spirit of Jeffrey Barnard, he now critiques restaurants for EyeOnLondon, a venture he co-founded.

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