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|Address:||5 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PF|
|Tel:||020 7437 1664|
|Price: £36.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £48.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm|
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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.