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“Still a classic” – this “elegant” destination in “Westminster’s lovely former library” has long been one of London’s most pre-eminent posh Indians; and its “interesting and idiosyncratic” cuisine has made it “something of an institution” (including amongst the politico classes – “being within division bell distance of Parliament, there’s a fair chance of spotting a well-known face or two”). Its enjoyment was “tempered by episodes of wobbly service over the last year”, however, and those who found the staff “over-stretched” were more likely to judge it “too expensive”.
“It’s been around a long time and is perhaps now overshadowed by newcomers like Gymkhana”, but this posh nouvelle Indian remains one of London’s most popular grand restaurants (and still features in our Top 40 most mentioned ranking) and many folks’ “go-to fancy Indian”. Set in Westminster’s “fantastic” old Public Library it has “a lovely club-like feel, with the bookshelves reaching to the ceiling” – an incongruous but somehow fitting backdrop for Vivek Singh’s “beautiful, innovative, nouvelle-Indian food” (“lots of complex flavours and some bite”). This was not a vintage year for its survey results, however, with gripes about “variable food, and service that ebbs and flows, which just isn’t acceptable at these prices”.
Vivek Singh’s “refined cuisine” served in the “magnificent” (slightly “cavernous”) setting of the old Westminster Public Library still creates a winning formula for London’s grandest nouvelle Indian, which is nowadays one of the Top-40 most-mentioned restaurants in town. If it were not quite so “expensive”, its ratings would reach even loftier heights.
For “inspirational Indian cuisine in a very classy setting”, this “impressive”, “airy” edifice that originally housed Westminster Public Library, would be many reporters’ top choice in London. It can seem “a little stuffy”, and even fans agree “you pay the price”, but disappointments are rare.
Re-opening in 2015 following a major refurbishment, Executive Chef Vivek Singh and Head Chef Rakesh Ravindran Nair have developed a stunning new menu that combines The Cinnamon Club’s signatures with new dishes and celebratory platters. The Cinnamon Club is committed to pushing boundaries and continues to evolve its trademark Indian dining experience.
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The Cinnamon Club Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Delicious Indian inspired food, so much variety and flavour. Characterful old room too."
Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London, SW1P 3BU
lunch noon - 2.45 pm, Sun - 3pm, dinner 6 pm - 10.45 pm, Sun 5:30pm - 9pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm