A spontaneous road trip (pre-Tier 3 and 4) led us to Oxford and to the first first out-of-London venue for Chef Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Collection, on the rooftop of the Westgate Oxford. They are currently in Tier 2 and open for service as normal so if you are in Oxford go go go!
I have dined at pretty much all of the Cinnamon Collection now and I adore the contemporary take on Indian Cuisine. If I had to pick a favourite venue it would be Cinnamon Kitchen City, especially during summer with the outside area on Devonshire Square.
The new Cinnamon Kitchen in Oxford is a large and spacious restaurant with a gorgeous colour palette and a semi open plan kitchen where you can watch the hustle and bustle in the kitchen as the chefs prepare aromatic modern Indian dishes. In addition they have a chef’s table and a semi-private ‘Pagoda’ room which seats up to six guests.
If you would prefer to dine alfresco, there is also a large rooftop garden terrace, that overlooks the Oxford spires so you can have some scenic views with your spice! 😉
We first picked our drinks, an Apple Sour for me, which was a blend of Apple juice, fresh lime juice, Gin and sparkling wine, and a Chieftain IPA Pint for Amit. The cocktail was sublime!
You can choose either a tasting menu or a la carte and we opted for the latter as we had to drive back to London. For nibbles we decided to share Kadhai Spiced ‘Bullet’ Chillies with poppy seed and gunpowder, which had a lovely fiery kick. It actually went really well with our drinks!
We also decided to try the Chana Masala Hummus with toasted seeds and served with celery sticks. This was Amit’s favourite. He loved the velvety texture of the hummus and I loved the added pomegranates which gave a little burst of flavour whenever they popped into a mouthful!
For starters, Indo-Chinese Chilli Paneer had such amazing flavour, heat and was incredibly moreish. I would say this would be my top recommendation of a dish to order!
Compliments of Chef Santosh Shah, who was at the restaurant at the time, we also tried the Surat Bhel Papdi, which had fabulous textures and was really tasty,
For mains we shared the Old Delhi Style Butter Chicken which comes with Pilau Rice. We also ordered some Naan on the side to mop up the gravy with, which was delicious.
Too full for dessert I decided to have another cocktail and this time I went for The Rose, which was Champagne, Rose and Indian Sandalwood aromatic. It was fantastic. I have to say I was really impressed with the cocktail menu choices!
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Cinnamon Kitchen and would highly recommend. Perfect pit stop to fuel up after shopping at Westgate or if you live in or are passing through Oxford. You can park at the shopping centre if you are driving and there are also lots of parking spots dotted around nearby within walking distance.
It is also a destination in it’s own right perfect for date night or when you fancy some quality Indian gourmet food. If you haven’t dined there yet, add it to your list pronto!
I was happy to meet my friend Chef Santosh Shah there as an added bonus!
Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, Westgate Shopping Centre, OX1 1TR. Tel: 01865 951670.