Holi, the Indian festival of colour, takes place on March 27th this year, and Vivek Singh’s trio of modern restaurants will be celebrating it in style, with colour-themed evenings and special menus. Running from 18th to 30th March, these menus have been designed to mark the arrival of spring and the passing of winter, and offer a welcome antidote to London’s overcast weather. If you fancy claiming a free Holi cocktail at any of the three restaurants (and who wouldn’t?) simply order two courses from the Holi menu and wear a splash of the appropriate colour: green at The Cinnamon Club, bright blue at the Cinnamon Kitchen, and vibrant pink at Cinnamon Soho. Great food, a free cocktail and the chance to liven up a dark winter evening – what’s not to like?
Lucky visitors to The Cinnamon Club restaurant in Westminster can indulge in a traditional and suitably colourful five-course Holi menu – created by head chef Rakesh Ravindran – for just £50 per head. Dishes include crisp zucchini flower filled with tamarind-glazed vegetables; roast rack of Herdwick mutton with Chettinadu curry sauce and pilau rice; and a tasting of Indian sweet treats including gulab jamun, almond fritter and white chocolate barfi. To add even more cheer to a chilly evening, there will also be a selection of special Holi cocktails to sip on.
At Cinnamon Kitchen on Devonshire Square meanwhile, City workers can relax and enjoy a special five-course meal for just £38, including dishes such as lotus stem korma with spiced green pea paratha and a platter of Holi sweets including carrot halwa parcels, coconut and pistachio burfi and saffron rabri. There’s never been a better excuse to take a break from the office and spend time with friends and family.
Cocktail aficionados should head to Cinnamon Soho, Vivek’s third restaurant which is nestled just off the cobbles of Carnaby Street. Here they will be serving aptly named concoction Rangeela (meaning ‘colourful’) a kaleidoscopic vodka-based drink with a kick. For only £35, you can also enjoy a five-course meal courtesy of head chef Raju Ramachandran, including dishes such as chargrilled king prawns in coconut malai sauce and smoked saddle of Cumbrian lamb, mint and onion sauce.
With three wonderful venues each celebrating Holi in suitably striking style, it’ll be tricky to choose which to visit first. Just be sure to dig out some colourful clothing for the occasion.
Find out more at www.cinnamon-kitchen.com, www.cinnamonclub.com and www.cinnamonsoho.com, or by checking out their Facebook and Twitter pages.