REVIEW: Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden
WHAT? For centuries the energy and theatre of Indian marketplaces has inspired the Cinnamon group to build vibrant bars and restaurants in London – the antithesis of your old-fashioned local curry house.
Cinnamon Bazaar is the latest and perhaps most colourful addition to the reliably excellent family, in the middle of Covent Garden – bejewelled, beautiful and buzzing with life, it’s great for a date or small group.
BEST DISH: Start with the Crab Bonda: Calcutta spiced crab and beetroot in chickpea batter (£5.90), followed up with the samosa chaat, a Punjabi vegetable samosa with curried white peas and a tangy tamarind chutney (£5.95).
For mains, the superb ox cheek vindaloo comes with a punchy masala mash and pickled radish (£14.50) and is somewhat of a signature dish. The lamb galauti kebab is a fun snack, served up like pizza with flaky saffron paratha (£7). Don’t leave without trying the Bazaar shrimp fried rice with stir-fried bok choy (at £14, it arrives like a biryani and is just as filling).
Dishes are so delicious you’re likely to keep ordering, which can quickly start to add up. Enter the set lunch menu: Monday to Sunday you can get two courses for £15, or three courses for £18 (12pm –3pm).
There’s a set dinner option too, two courses for £21.50 or three courses for £23.50. This includes of the famed Mr Lyan cocktails, exclusively designed for Cinnamon Bazaar in collaboration with award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana. Vivek Singh had a hand in them also; one of the most successful and respected modern Indian chefs in the country, who so happens to be the CEO. Try a Makhani Gin Fizz (or two) and the Bazaar Old Fashioned to help revive tongues doused in masala and tamarind.
DETAILS: Cinnamon-bazaar.com / 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7JS / 0207 395 1400 / email@example.com