Cinnamon Kitchen, located in the City’s Devonshire Square, have been serving up delicious food for a decade and are celebrating in the best possible way – by showcasing their brilliance through a special 10th Anniversary Tasting Menu, which revisits a few of their favourite dishes from the last 10 years, which I was pleased to try. This exclusive seven course menu with amazing iconic dishes, is available through November for £70 per person or £115 if you want to pair it with wines.
My evening began in the adjacent Anise Bar whilst I waited for Amit, with an Asian Sour Apple Martini made with Zubrowka vodka, apple sake, fresh lime & apple juice, which was really refreshing.
Once Amit arrived and we were seated at our table, we opted to share a bottle of the house red wine, which was a Pez de Rio Tempranillo Merlot, and delicious and smooth.
Amit had chosen the non-vegetarian tasting menu, whilst I went for the vegetarian, and his appetiser, was the organic cured salmon with green pea wasabi ‘jhal muri.’ He really enjoyed this dish and all the complementary flavours, and especially liked that the salmon was wafer thin.
My Appetiser was a Lahore style vegetable kebab, which was sublime and melted in my mouth. I loved the flavours and seasoning too.
Our first starter was the same – a Palak Patta Chaat, which was spinach & carom fritter served with a yoghurt, tamarind and coriander chutney. Also on the beautifully presented plate was grilled aubergine with peanut, sesame and tamarind, which was absolutely divine.
Amit’s second starter was Wild African king prawn with coconut and kasundi mustard, which is personally one of my favourite dishes ever at Cinnamon Kitchen. Give me a bucket of these and I will be happy!
This time though I tried the baked snake gourd filled with fenugreek, bitter melon and raisin, sesame tamarind sauce, which was really flavoursome. I did sneak a few bites of the prawn from Amit though!
The rest course was a Tapioca lime and coconut kheer with melon sorbet, which to be honest was so good I would happily have eaten it for dessert too!
Amit’s first main was a Tasting of Kentish Lamb, which was tandoori rump and fillet, chargrilled chapli and a corn curry sauce.
Mine, to my delight, was a crisp Zucchini flower with marrow and lentil sauce, topped with tamarind glazed vegetables. I really enjoyed the different flavours complementing each other in this dish as there was a flavour bomb exploding in my mouth!
Amit’s second main was a Tandoori grouse breast, venison and tawa mince, served with a Pickling sauce, and beetroot crush. He devoured this and really enjoyed the different textures in the dish.
I was almost defeated at this point but ploughed on with a fantastic Spinach and Paneer kofta with tomato lemon sauce and a stir fry of seasonal greens. This was definitely a dish I would have again as it was like comfort food and scrumptious!
Dessert is always a highlight and the Saffron malai kulfi with honeycomb crumble exceeded our expectations, both in presentation and in taste!
We really enjoyed the tasting menu and I highly recommend trying it whilst its available in November. If you don’t get a chance, and haven’t yet dined at Cinnamon Kitchen City, its a wonderful venue and definitely recommended for cocktails first at the Anise Bar, followed by delicious food at the restaurant.
For more information visit their website here: http://www.cinnamon-kitchen.com/