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Replacing Mexican favourite La Perla, Cinnamon Bazaar spices up Covent Garden's foodie hotspot Maiden Lane. The latest venue from Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection, this is the group's most casual format yet and also the first new project since it was acquired by Ranjit Singh Boparan (Giraffe, Harry Ramsden, Fishworks) in January 2016. The budget menu revolves around different sized sharing plates, snacks and chaats (street food), with sides such as creamy black dal, mopped up with roti or paratha. Dishes were a lucky dip. Crispy bonda stuffed with Calcutta crab in a chickpea batter and papdi chaat topped with tangy tamarind and yogurt were winners, but lumpen onion dumplings and dry chicken wings failed to impress. Top honours went to double-cooked 'Koorg-style' pork belly, which was succulent and judiciously spiced. There's an Indian-style afternoon tea every day from 3-6pm while the cocktails, courtesy of Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), raise the bar; we loved the mango-infused Gin Julep. Colourful drapes and painted walls in the high room recreate the bustle of an Indian market, with plenty of noise and somewhat shaky service when it's busy.