Dinner at Cinnamon Bazaar with CAKE
Restaurant Review: Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden, London
Cuisine: Modern Indian
Style Points: 4/5
Although this restaurant has a casual, market theme, the rose gold walls, silk awnings and gorgeous flowers adorning the space give it a more upscale feel. In fact, the colour scheme and foliage have made Cinnamon Bazaar the place to be seen this summer.
What's on the menu?
The menu at Cinnamon Bazaar is an imaginative fusion of East and West, and includes a variety of snacks, chaats and larger Bazaar plates.
To start, we opted for the samosa chaat, served with Punjabi vegetable samosa, curried white peas and tamarind chutney, which was without doubt my star dish. As an undeniable fan of chaat, the combination of tangy tamarind chutney and lashings of yogurt coating the samosas was nothing less than heavenly.
We also tried the lamb galauti kebab, which was sadly a disappointment as it was served atop an overpowering saffron paratha that masked all other flavours on the plate.
For our main course, the lamb Rogan Josh shepherd’s pie and Kolkata spiced cod were appetising to start with but held a mismatch of flavours which meant we couldn’t quite finish them.
Dessert is my favourite course and thankfully the desserts at Cinnamon Kitchen are a sheer delight. Our dark chocolate and walnut cake served with Malacca coffee ice cream was seductively rich and the cooling cubeb kulfi on a stick was perfect in the heat.
To finish off our meal, we ordered masala chai which came served in gorgeous colourful traditional teapots!
Could I Afford Seconds?
Cinnamon Bazaar offers a Set Dinner Menu with 2 courses for £21.50 or 3 courses £23.50. This is great value for money as it also comes served with a selected Mr Lyan cocktail exclusively designed for Cinnamon Bazaar in collaboration with Chef Vivek Singh.
Cinnamon Bazaar is also available on the leading restaurant payment app CAKE, which made it quick and easy to pay and cut the cost even further with the use of referral codes and rewards!
Cinnamon Bazaar is certainly a beautiful restaurant, but there are dishes on the menu in which the flavours are more overbearing than appealing. But as a fairly new restaurant, these may be 'teething' pains, and with a few tweaks, Cinnamon Bazaar could be just as popular as its older sister restaurants.
I was also really impressed with the CAKE app and how smooth it made the process of paying. Unlike other payment and restaurant apps I've tried in the past, which have created more fuss than freedom, paying with CAKE app meant that sorting the bill wasn’t an ordeal. A few taps on my phone showed me the bill, spilt it exactly how I needed, and paid it off too. Highly recommended!