Situated in the surroundings of the Grade II listed Old Westminster Library, The Cinnamon Club gives the feeling of a being in a colonial Indian gentlemen’s club. There is also a chic lounge bar which provides an ideal setting for a few excellent cocktails as you discuss the latest issues in Parliament!
However, it is the dining experience where The Cinnamon Club really comes into its own. I’m not just talking about the food, but everything from the point where you are seated to the next day when you’re reminiscing about how good it was. The Cinnamon Club manages to take the most basic of traditional Indian dishes and elevates them to world class cuisine. The extensive menu also features a range of seasonal game options which are influenced by dishes once revered by the ruling warrior tribes in Rajasthan.
I started with a very well cooked Tandoori Anjou pigeon, whilst Ms Pancake went for with the ‘Tasting of Bombay street food’ – a delicious trio of vegetarian dishes which are indeed what you would find on the streets of India, only with a much cleaner flavour. The mains were simply outstanding. Roasted grouse with pumpkin was the most expertly spiced game dish you ever likely to eat and a dish to truly savour. My tasting plate featured Oisin deer with pickling spices, Herdwick lamb with Chettinad spices and pork loin with a chill & date sauce. This dish presented excellent combinations of delicately spiced meats with complex sauces. Sides of mushrooms with spinach and the bread selection maintained the high standards.
The dessert featured an outstanding Carrot & ginger sticky toffee pudding and a super-intense Dark chocolate mousse which made the accompanying white chocolate fondant & (not-so) bitter chocolate ice-cream redundant. A special mention also needs to be made about the excellent staff and a sommelier who managed to recommend some perfect wines amongst their 200 bins to match our intricate dishes.
With exquisite food and a stunning site in the heart of Westminster, The Cinnamon Club is a perfect demonstration of how Indian cuisine can excel in the realms of fine-dining.
Cuisine type – fine Indian cuisine
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £100
Wine – £8
Cocktails – £10
The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library
30-32 Great Smith Street
London, SW1P 3BU
020 7222 2555