Cinnamon Soho, Soho
Cinnamon Soho is a good deal more informal and relaxed than Singh’s other two restaurants, The Cinnamon Club in Westminster and Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square. It feels fresh and young and serves modern Indian fare with a nod towards British favourites. The décor is sleek and minimal and the focus is very much on the food and cocktails. Friendly waiters, tasty food and a low key and gently buzzy vibe just moments from Carnaby Street, a pleasing find I’d say.
Order a couple of Cinnamon Bellinis, made with cinnamon tea, Goldschläger and Prosecco and get ready to share some ‘Balls!’ We went for crab and curry leaf, and they were superb. If you are unfortunate enough to be dating a sap who can’t handle spicy food, fear not as there is a wide variety of mild options and vegetarians will also have plenty to choose from. The main dishes aren’t really built for sharing but I would suggest doing so anyway. The Vindaloo of ox cheek with masala mash potatoes is melt in the mouth delicious and I could have eaten twice as many grilled prawns in coconut sauce, Tanjavore style. The Tandoori chicken tikka with green coriander chutney was wonderfully tender and delicately flavoured. Cleanse your palate afterwards with a Mango Kulfi on a stick and another round of cocktails.
This is an informal restaurant for an early dinner before the theatre, or a late lunch when you have been wandering around Soho and suddenly realise you are ravenous. They also do ‘High Chai…Afternoon Tea Twisted’ between 3pm – 5.30pm, so you have lots of options. If it’s sunny try and get one of the little tables outside, a perfect spot for people watching. The food is really great so take your time, try lots of dishes and enjoy each other’s conversation. A little footsie is always to be encouraged but save your kisses for later on, you are a stone’s throw from lots of great bars and live music venues.
It’s not exactly a ‘destination’ date but that’s part of its refreshingly low key charm.