Absolutely amazing place. They have the best food around and I would recommend the charred pork ribs with hot and sweet glaze. It's listed as a starter but it can be just as good as a main course as the portion is quite generous. I personally, got quite full on it and barely had some room for dessert.
And oh my, those desserts! I don't even know where to start from and quite frankly I don't remember it clearly; it was all so delicious and sweet, it's a blur.
The inside and outside of the restaurant is lovely. There is a covered terrace outside and the inside is modern and cozy. We went with the American Express restaurant festival menu for 22GBP for two courses or 24GBP for three courses.
We tried a chicken stew, chicken livers, cauliflower, lamb kebap, and banana cake. The chicken livers were doused in the perfect amount of spice and onions served over a small piece of naan that soaked up the sauce. I wasn't a huge fan of the cauliflower. It seemed to be lightly battered and fried with a sauce that was a bit overbearing. The banana cake was just lovely though!
Really impressed with the service, menu and cocktails. Quality Indian food with a modern twist. Tables are well spaced out with a lovely outdoor area also (under the main courtyard glass roof - screw the weather!)
Service is efficient and not over bearing, but still takes care of you!
There's also the bar attached to make it a longer evening.
Very nice location, with a large terrace. Lucky me: I found this place out completely randomly, while walking back towards the Gherkin...
The service is brilliant, very efficient and nice.
Food is simply, yet tasty and well-cooked. I can strongly recommend the Sardines with apricot glaze, subtly shot, and the mackerel.
As for drinks, in addition to the regular list (wine, beer, softs, etc.=, there is a varied list of fruit juices which blend perfectly with the succulent food.
Little attentions like a complimentary starter and biscuits at the end make the whole experience very enjoyable.
Excellent for private parties and grill tasting menu. Brilliant chef and very personable too.
Highly reccomend to visit their adjoining Cocktail bar Anise famous for it's quirky and trendy cocktails. The bar food is perfect if you want a variety of platter at affordable prices.
Try to visit after 9pm or so and enjoy the best service and great prix fix menu at just £19 for 2 courses and a cocktail!
This review is entirely based on my experience of the bar, not the restaurant.
It's a swanky place - playing nicely into the hands of the clientele and demographic you're going to find in Devonshire Square and the City. The decor is massively over-done, but fair play to them for really taking the concept to the maximum level of tackyness.
They've got a bar you can be served at on all sides, which works well when it's busy. It's 2-4-1 drinks between 5 and 7pm, which is why you'll often find me in here - it is right next to our office after all.
They also like to play super loud trance music at 6pm on a Friday - pair that with the lack of natural light and it feels like you've left work and gone directly to a club. Which is why you'll find me sat or stood outside on their terrace.
with so much choice. I have since stolen a few of their recipes for my own home
cooking.. 9 out of 10 for food and service!
This was a 4.5 stars from me and a half more because my wife absolutely loves this restaurant.
the service was very friendly and helpful
The food was very interesting - the Indian fusion food had great taste and was definitely innovative
The price was slightly more than what I'd have expected - given that the ambience is not the tops
Portions for the side dishes (daal etc) were small
Review based on two visits with positive experience both times.
We had a group of six people at the last visit. Overall a great experience - all in the group rated the food highly.
On arrival we were warmly welcomed and we were shown to our table. Interesting amuse-bouche set the taste buds going for the rest of the meal. Starters and main courses were all well thought out and excellent. The combinations of flavours and ingredients were interesting and, importantly, worked well. The dishes are well thought out with attention to detail. Deserts were as good as the main course. Cinnamon kitchen is quite different from your standard Indian restaurant and a pleasant surprise.
On a Friday evening the place was quite bustling but the staff were very efficient, friendly and attentive. Food arrived in good time and was well coordinated. I like the modern, simple interior design. There are some outdoor tables in the covered courtyard for warmer weather.
It's fairly pricey but not exhorbitant. My expectations go up with the prices but in this case it delivered so the value quotient was also good. Five stars for me since it ticks all the boxes.
Haven't tried the Anise cocktail bar next to the restaurant but hope to next time.
We love Indian food and were excited to try a fusion approach. We've been in India many times and love the food there.
We started with the appetizer sampler (not on the menu), variety of breads, and the chilled tomato soup with tropical fruit sorbet. The breads were interesting but disappointing (two types of naan and one paratha-like bread). The appetizer sampler had a few very good ones and some fine ones (nothing was bad). The chutneys that came with everything were pea, tomato, and a "spicy" one that was not spicy.
For entrees, we had Rajasthani red deer in curry (served a true medium rare as we requested) and prawns with a masala chutney side. Both were very good. Would have loved to try the norweigan crab (one claw for 18GBP) and African wild prawn (around 30GBP) but too expensive for a dish you don't even know the preparation of and it was only our first visit so we wanted to focus on the more Indian dishes.
Overall, we found the food to be mild and wondered if they serve it that way because that's all the spice an average Brit can handle. The mango lassi was nicely not too sweet but had a good yogurt tartness.
The most enjoyable part was eating outside on the patio while the World Cup game was playing on a big screen. We enjoyed the cheering and the weather was perfect for eating out. If I were to recommend it to a friend, it would be to sit outside and to have good (not amazing) and creative food.
I do have to say the service needs improvement. We got soup but no spoon and a few episodes like that throughout the meal. I also recommend more details on the menu because the preparation of many of the items was not at all explained on the menu or by the waiter. I would like to know what type of curry and spices will be used (not just red deer and "curry').
What a wonderful experience. My girlfriend's arranged a dinner here on a Saturday night recently and it was excellent value for money at less than £25 for a three course meal with cinnamon bellini.
The set menu had at least 4/5 choices for each course and the portions were the right size to not leave you feeilng bloated at the end of it. We also ended up ordering one of the seafood biriyani's at £17 and it was delicious!
I had to knock off one star from the rating, as there were at least a dozen bones in my mackerel main course, and the carrot cake was underwhelming and average at best.
The mango mojito's are pricey at £9.50 but divine, and I would probably avoid ordering the mango lassi as it wasn't at all sweet enough.
I didn't go into Cinnamon Kitchen but I did sample a few of their canapes after a round of mini-golf (qype.co.uk/place/815803-…) . And they were delicious.
Small wedges of roti bread with dabs of mild wasabi or chili; potato and pine nut morsels; and spicy roasted chicken chunks. Great finger food that bodes well for attention to flavour and cooking to the right texture.
Innovative menu (possibly one of my favourites in London)!
Gorgeous interior (especially the chic Anise Bar) with an expansive outdoor terrace with views of the Gherkin!
Brilliantly (and conveniently) located within the beautifully renovated Devonshire Square Courtyard near Liverpool Street Station!
I love Cinnamon Kitchen. Their Anglo-Indian breakfast (londonist.com/2009/07/re…) is a dream; their coastal menu (londonist.com/2009/08/re…) (August 2009 only - but beg them to bring it back) is as flavourful as any pre fixe menu you'll have in this town. And the restaurant truly is elegant and modern with attentive service and a great location!
We came here for dinner last Tuesday. I was pretty excited about it but left a little bit underwhelmed.
We had mixed Indian starters, which was really good, particularly the prawn and the salmon. We had fish curry and vegetable korma for mains, with black lentils and aubergines for side dishes. We also had a mixed selection of breads and some rice. All of the dishes were good and we finished the lot, but - based on the price, and what I'd heard and read about this place, we were expecting them to be incredible. Which they weren't.
We also weren't massive fans of the setting. It felt like we were eating in an overly well lit big school assembly hall surrounded by shouty recruitment consultants.
So overall it was good but also disappointing.
Ah, the City. My old nemesis... I am you see a former banker who predicted the crash and got out. Yeah, alright, I was 12 years early but I was right: it's just the timing that's never been my strong point.
Anyway, I used to work just around the corner from Devonshire Square - in the supposed boom times - when it was home to a couple of overpriced bars and near to a couple of dull sandwich bars. Now, with the economy in the duldrums, they've got restaurants everywhere including The Cinnamon Kitchen, Vivek Singh's follow-up to The Cinnamon Club. Where's the justice? I ask you, where's the justice...?
As you might expect, with that heritage, Cinnamon Kitchen is a delight, Indian food that celebrates the flavour and spice rather than the pointless macho heat, the sort of platefuls that will make your tastebuds very happy indeed and leave you feeling surprisingly light and healthy. This isn't the ghee-infested Indian food you'd usually get around the City, this is proper, modern fare in a proper, modern - and swanky - setting.
As I was dining with the man behind the Bangras we had to start with one of those (and dear God, they're good) atop a mound of exquisite masala mash. I then moved on to something "predictable", with a gently spiced tikka chicken breast that was moist and punchy. With a gorgeous Californian Pinot Noir adding a very satisfied glow, the final flourish of Buffalo Milk Kulfi - and a superb dessert wine - sent me rolling back towards Liverpool Street with a very satisfied grin. Damned good.
I went to Cinnamon Kitchen for lunch with a colleague and it was delicious: modern, inventive Indian cooking. As somebody else already mentioned in the reviews, the spices are all there for you on your palate but they are not out for the kill.
The lunch menu was surprisingly affordable. The restaurant is stunning, the service is very attentive and I am really looking forward to going back. Last time I tried to sell it as an Indian place close to Liverpool street we should check out, from now on I will talk about this great restaurant tucked away we must go to...
Gorgeous venue for group bookings and must say very impressive backdrop for weddings. I had been there last year to attend a friends wedding coupled with a personal visit recently.
It never fails to impress and very popular among both Britishers and Indian fraternity. I wonder how they mange to please people with various expectations. One of the interesting aspect was to see how manage the crowd in the Bar as it does get a bit busier and people after few pints forget they are humans. I was very impressed with their Indian Duty Manager's approach towards a city broker.
My only suggestion to them would be to also open on Saturday for lunch time and perhaps change the furniture in the front area. Other than that perfect and stylish setting and Best Indian food in London atleast in east.
Can recommend this! Went here on a Saturday with a party of 4 incl one 6yr child (we went early...). Atmosphere in both the Anise Bar & the restaurant was already very good (our little girl love
Had very nice cocktails to start with (try the Asian tempest and yes, or little girl had a non alcoholic one!) and then on the recommendation of the waiter (around in abundance!) a mixed platter of all starters: very good recommendation as it was a very good all round start to the meal!
Main courses came not to soon & not to late after starters: monk fish, king prawns & lamb. All were very nice (we shared...). For our girl they did a straight up salmon with green veggies & rice: right on the spot (so if you go with kids who might not be used to spicy food: ask what they can do!)
We had only 1 desert but that was a real, real treat: chocolate mousse, a little warm chocolate tart & chocolate icecream, all with a spicy twist. Loved it!
All in all definitely worth going there, can't wait to go back myself and in summer sitting outside must be great too!
To be completely honest, I've got to say this is not the best place I've been, but its still preferable. The food is pretty nice when talking about quality and the portions are small, then again the prices doesnt seem to be that high. Other than that, I can say that the quality of the service somehow manages to compensates all downsides. Staff are so polite and welcoming, making you feel literally at home. Recommended!
The place looks just amazing. I like the little cozy tables and the big menu. I like coming here with friends at the weekend. I haven't seen their website until now but it made me very good impression stylish and intuitive.
Anise is a hidden (only from me apparently, as it seems to be quite crowded on Fridays) gem in the heart of the City, at Devonshire square. In spite of having worked in that area for about two years, i paid my first visit there only last month.
The bar is in a large room, and unlike at most other watering holes, its located right at the centre of the room. This means that customers can be served from all four sides, which is a big advantage during rush hour. They have a decent cocktail list, with a disproportionate stress on the use of anise, as the name suggests. I would strongly recommend the anise margaritas. It was interesting, elegant and tasty.
Since the cinnamon kitchen is an Indian restaurant, the bar menu has some Indian snack items in it. The chilli paneer that is served at the bar is absolutely marvellous. I had even ordered it once from the restaurant, and have taken friends over just to have this. No one has been disappointed till date.
I have frequented the bar more than the restaurant. But i have tried the food also, and found the menu to be interesting and different. Its costly (will be ~£30-£40 per person for a meal) and has none of the standard dishes that you will expect to fine in an Indian restaurant. I had rice with guinea fowl curry (with bone). It was good. But i didn't think that the restaurant stands out as much as the bar did.
The service is good but somewhat inconsistent. Once they got me an orange margarita instead on anise and once they forgot the salt on the edges. The service can be slow on occasions. But the people there are courteous and friendly.
On some weekdays Anise has a happy hour on the cocktails, which effectively makes them half as expensive (normally they are around £8 each). I might not repeat the restaurant soon but it is a very good place to come to for an after work drink.
Anise is a great place for Happy Hour Fridays (though I always miss them). There's great outdoor seating with bottle service and the atmosphere is always fun. It's the kind of place you go for a couple drinks to start a night. The only real problem is the bar service inside. It's slow and it always feels that there aren't enough bartenders.
After trying their canapes at the Qype crazy golf event, this restaurant is definitely on my 'must visit' list! The food was elegantly spiced, attractively served and absolutely delicious. If the full menu is anything like as good (and other reviews suggest it is), then it will be a meal to remember.
A real treat if you are sick of the Indian 'restaurants' in Brick Lane/Shoreditch area. I know it may be a bit on the pricey side, but oh it is so worth it. The place really surprised me... initially I was worried of that 'eating in a shopping mall' feel. The contemporary decor is easy on the eye, chairs super comfy for your bum and food the tasty perfection for your tongue. After the meal go and digest in their stunning bar next door- I do recommend the wine/beer, but I found the cocktails to be very average.
Wow - an excellent modern Indian restaurant tucked away in the city. Devonshire Square has a hidden inner courtyard blessed with crazy billiards / golf and several restaurants, Including Cinnamon kitchen and the adjoining Anise bar. The first thing you notice is the terrace, a raised platform with sleek wooden tables and potted orange trees that allows you to feel like you're eating outdoors, even though the vaulted roof is made of glass. Genius - braziers in winter mean the brave can sit outside all year.
Anise bar is a seperate room to the left of the reception with soft corner booths, low lighting and sperical lampshades of silver punched with tiny holes that throw light over the walls. In the centre is a rectangular bar - I recommend their signaure cocktail - a cinnamon bellini with cinnamon tea and syrup with goldschlager at £8.00. They do have a bar tasting menu, but for more substantial meals, Cinnamon Kitchen is the place to be. An open kitchen allows you to see the chefs almost from the whole restaurant, or choose to sit by the demonstartion bar for the best views. the decor is soft grey tones with light wood and the metal lampshades that echo the feel in the bar. Behind the reception desk the walls are inlaid with mother-of-pearl stars that look really beautiful. I think the overall feel is very sophisticated without being over the top or fussy. There's a dark grey and hot pink private dining room for groups that has a glass wall directly onto the kitchen to appreciate the workings of a busy kitchen. If that inspires your guests then the restaurant holds a monthly masterclass for up to 12 people where the head chefs coach on the use of spices and how to adapt traditional Indian cooking skills into today's modern cuisine.
The a la carte mains range from £12 - £32 so there would be somthing for all budgets. Alternatively, try a few starters or tasting plates to get the broadest idea of this beautifully light Indian cuisine.
Cinnamon Kitchen in London is super tasty and service is so efficient it's almost overwhelming. Highly recommend the corn soup, fat chili stuffed with lamb, chicken with thyme, and beef stew. Incredible flavors in everything and def worth the price, but it's disappointing that they try to get even more money out of you not offering tap water and recommending more food than you need, when the cost of the food isn't exactly cheap as it is.
I was skeptical about heading to an Indian restaurant for breakfast, but I am always willing to try something new.
I was impressed even before sampling the food. CK is located in Devonshire Square, which I didn't know even existed. The restaurant is located within a covered atrium in the square and there is lovely outside seating sheltered from the rain. The Gherkin imposingly watches over diners. Would love to see what it looks like in the evening.
The food was fantastic from the preparation, to presentation, freshness of ingredients and balance of flavours. My dining companion and I shared a Kedgree with smoked haddock and poached egg (£7.50), which is a lovely spiced rice dish reminiscent of the Korean bibim bap, and Bombay scrambled eggs with tawa paratha (£7.00), which is light and fluffy scrambled eggs with Indian spices and chopped vegetables with a side of a lightly fried paratha. The assam tea and coffee (£4.50 for the lot) were delicious and the tea is loose, not bagged - a big plus. Bottom line: Delicious!
The wait staff was cheery and efficient. Some of the better I've encountered in a long time.
Along with the Indian (scrambled eggs) and Anglo-Indian (kedgree w haddock), CK also offers a full English breakfast and some a la carte items, such as the Bangras butty, a homemade spiced lamb sausage in toasted whole meal bap (£6.50). Not a cheap breakfast at approximately £20 for two, but certainly worthwhile for a splurge or for a breakfast meeting with a good client.
We sat outside on a gloriously sunny morning, but the interior looked polished and swanky. There is also a lounge bar, Anise, that looked great. I'd like to check that out at some point as well.
I will go back to try their dinner and drinks menu and I hope to do so soon.
Well, I have returned for dinner and my oh my what a dinner it was! My dining companion and I each had the seafood prix fix menu (£45/ea), which the restaurant began serving only at the beginning of August. The menu comprises a refreshing aperitif, an amuse bouche, and a choice from two starters, two mains, sides, bread and dessert. I especially liked the ceviche of squid and scallop with mango, black sesame seeds, the chargrilled nile perch with lime leaf and chilli (starter) and the seared haddock, devon crab and kokum crust (main). All the seafood was fresh and expertly prepared. The desserts were spectacular as well - a mango creme brulee tart along with a saffron/cardamom infused ice cream. Yes, please!
The restaurant clearly caters to the City crowd. The restaurant is nicely decorated and clean, the service is polite and attentive even when the restaurant is packed, and the food is good. I think the portions are perfect I left satisfied.
We got a table for six people, but we booked for seven. Unexperienced staff. They forgot one main dish and one side order. Some dishes were amazing, others below average. Not worth the money.
This was an upmarket version of the nearby Bricklane curry houses. A fusion of Asian & European. Although the food was delicious, we found service rather slow & the staff rude. We went as a large group on what appeared to be a quite, Friday night. We only ordered 8 entrees, because not everyone wanted one. The waiter insited we should ALL have one & it took several attempts to get just 8. At no point were all the tables filled, yet we waited over an hour for entrees. The £25 for 2 people entree selection is rather small & pricey for what you get.
It was a nice change from the usual Indian restuarant, with tasty food, but I wouldnt be rushing back for the service. They got several drinks mixed up with another table, then claimed that we had ordered them! It took 20mins to summon a waiter to give us the bill, & they seemed happy to get us out. The nearby bar was good with much friendlier staff.
Wonderful food. Top notch service. Sat at the grill watching assistant chief prepare wonderful and creatively prepared meal. Reservations are essential - barely got a place to sit on Monday night. Visiting London just got more exciting.
Indian is one of my favorite dishes, the food was very tasty and it was at a reasonable price.
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