Harden's survey result
The casual operation, behind Regent Street, “may not be up there with the Cinnamon Club”, but “it has an interesting menu of well-cooked Indian food” and “is really affordable”.
“Not like the other Cinnamons – this is a truly casual one” (the styling is “adequate”), just off Regent Street. It “breaks the stereotypes of Indian food” with dishes such as “rogan josh shepherd’s pie and vindaloo ox cheek – highly recommended”.
“The less well-known, more basic sibling of the Cinnamon Club family” lives just off Regent Street; “it’s not a big place”, the ambience is “about average” and service can falter, but its “wonderful Indian-fusion fare” is “superior” and “good value”.
Cinnamon Soho W1
A handily-located West End offshoot of the Cinnamon Club mini-empire, offering robust Indian-inspired dishes in a somewhat basic contemporary-style bistro setting.
The charming Vivek Singh is one of those 'ethnic' restaurateurs who've helped make that term pretty much redundant for savvy Londoners. Say 'Cinnamon Club' to anyone in the know, and the image that comes into their mind is as likely to be 'bastion of the Establishment' as it is 'Indian restaurant'.
Having succeeded so well in helping to take Indian cuisine out of any sort of 'ghetto', it's perhaps some sort of joke that the menu of his casual but efficient Soho newcomer includes the likes of his very own take on the Scotch Egg, and on shepherd's pie too. Such dishes - if not displaying the sort of finesse you'd expect, and pay for, at the Cinnamon Club - were all done very well on our visit, and the setting is well-spaced by West End standards, if not to our mind especially stylish.
For a robust and reasonably-priced dinner in a handy location in the heart of the West End, then, you're unlikely to do very much better than here. Two chaps on a night out, drinking semi-moderately, spent a reasonable £40 a head, but the pre- and post-theatre menus offer the prospect of something approaching bargain Soho dining.
5 Kingly St, London, W1B 5PE
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 â€“ 01:00, Sunday: 11:00 â€“ 17:00
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 4.30 pm