Indian and South Asian
9 Devonshire Square, City , London , EC2M 4YL
Since it opened in April 2001, The Cinnamon Club's ethos has been to revolutionise Indian cooking in the capital - and it's done just that. Executive chef Vivek Singh oversees a brigade of chefs delivering excellent modern Indian cuisine: think starters like grilled half lobster with shallot and ginger crust and mains such as smoked saddle of Romney Marsh lamb with saffron sauce and ground lamb kebab. The restaurant's expert wine consultant Laurent Chaniac has compiled a 200-strong wine menu that boasts bins from around the world and rare vintages - 'Wine & Spice' pairing evenings are hugely popular. The surroundings, too, are something to behold. The Grade II listed Old Westminster Library has been beautifully transformed into a high-ceilinged, wood-panelled dining room complete with book-lined gallery. The restaurant also houses a private dining room, mezzanine level and library bar (ideal for more private affairs). The super-chic lounge bar on the lower ground floor is perfect for Indian-inspired cocktails and dancing late into the night. It's no wonder it's become a firm favourite with politicians from nearby Whitehall. But Vivek hasn't stopped there. Cinnamon Kitchen opened in 2008, just a briefcase's throw from Liverpool Street, followed by a more casual dining scene at Cinnamon Soho, just off Carnaby Street, which opened earlier this year. Rather fittingly housed inside the refurbished East India Company warehouses, Cinnamon Kitchen offers sharp-suited workers an outdoor terrace, the capital's first tandoor bar and grill and a private dining room with a theatrical window into the goings-on of the kitchen. With a collection of appetisers, grills, mains, sides and biryanis to share, diners can enjoy the menu's variety by mixing and matching courses to create a unique experience with each visit. And with adjoining bar, Anise, offering spice-infused cocktails and a bar menu of sharing and tasting plates, Cinnamon Kitchen has become a dining destination in its own right. Cinnamon Soho, meanwhile, sees Vivek loosen his tie even further and opt for something truly laid-back. The menu is inspired by Anglo-Indian dishes and features twists on tradition, such as Bangla-Scotch egg, roganjosh shepherd's pie and Punjabi-style fish and chips, whilst the cocktails are favoured with after-work media types. All three restaurants run alongside a host of seasonal and festival menus, including game, Diwali and even floral menus for National Vegetarian Week. Always keeping things fresh and interesting, it's hardly surprising that Cinnamon has become a byword for excellence amongst London's most discerning diners.