Cinnamon Club’s stand-alone bar offers an accessibly priced taste of chef Vivek Singh’s vibrant modern Indian tiffin. Enlightened, spice-loving palates seeking an alternative to Brick Lane’s increasingly clichéd offerings should invest their money in Punjabi tilapia fish fingers with pea relish, Kent lamb kebabs, chicken tikka nanza (a naan ‘pizza’) and addictive lentil fritters. Wines start at under £4 per glass and Cobra is the Indian beer of choice, although everyone is really here for the cocktails. Lime-leaf daiquiri and Morley mojito (more like a Mumbai mule with its ginger-beer kick) will have escapists swooning, although mixes such as almond and pistachio bourbon sour may divide opinion as much as the merits of Bollywood movies. The hard-edged concrete and cardamom-toned decor (softened with scatter cushions) adds to the post-modern exoticism – ‘Dehli-cious’, quips one fan.
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