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|Address:||The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU|
|Tel:||020 7222 2555|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7.30am-12M (Sat 12N- )|
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Last evening, 21st November 2013, we dined again at a local restaurant (having just moved into Westminster). This time, we were more comfortably seated on the edge of the room where the ceiling is lower and the space feels more sedate. Having enjoyed the game menu at their sister restaurant celebrating CK's 5th anniversary, I just had to order the quail again which was as perfect and lip-smackingly good as I had recalled. We enjoyed a flawless meal at the hands of the Cinnamon empire's talented people. Pheasant for me and chicken for him. The experience was complete in the round warranting a score increase. Too few superlatives sprang to mind yesterday whilst munching through my pheasant which was every bit as good as the quail, and the black lentils are so addictive that these risk becoming a staple in my diet…What an amazing restaurant to have 5 minutes away from my new home!
Finding ourselves visiting Westminster again last week and knowing The Cinnamon club was close by, we just could not walk passed the former library building without checking if they could feed us. About 20% of the tables were occupied and I was seated at the rear banquette looking towards the front of the building. Personally, I did not find the room inspiring, but it is no doubt a grand space in an under-stated way. Service was very good and the appetiser set us off to a good start. Every single morsel which passed our lips was carefully and lovingly spiced so as to enhance the ingredients and provide us with delight. I have the utmost respect for a chef who can make so many ingredients in each dish result in interesting, fresh, modern cooking. Chicken was the stand out dish for me and the black lentils were divine.
One of the best and most memorable Indian meals we have had in a good while. It seems rightfully revered, and deserving of recognition as judged by so many here on SqM.