The Cinnamon Collection – which includes Vivek Singh’s “inspirational” nouvelle Indian The Cinnamon Club (set in the “classy” surrounds of Westminster Library) as well as the chef’s more casual ventures, Cinnamon Kitchen, Cinnamon Soho and Cinnamon Bazaar – has chosen Oxford for its first restaurant outside of London.
Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, opening this October in the new Westgate Centre, will be a relaxed all-day dining affair, serving modern-Indian cuisine with British influences. An offshoot of the original restaurant, located in the City of London’s Devonshire Square, it will open for brunch, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and light bites from Monday-Sunday.
The kitchen, led by Thangavel Murugavel, will focus on seasonal, quality ingredients to create Vivek’s trademark Indian flavours. Dishes include: Chukka-spiced 35 day dry-aged Hereford beef rump steak and char-grilled sea bass in a banana leaf parcel alongside a tasting menu of signature dishes. A portable trolley will make its way through the restaurant, serving Kerala spiced lobster soup and flambéed desserts tableside. The bar offers spiced-infused cocktails, alongside a range of locally-sourced Oxford wine.
Though the bar is the focal point of the room, Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford will also vaunt an expansive, open-plan kitchen, giving diners a peek into the cooking action behind the scenes. There will also be a huge ice block centrepiece featuring fresh fish of the day and ceviche, whilst a chef’s table and a semi-private ‘Pagoda’ room seating up to six will host cooking demonstrations and private parties. And there will also be al fresco dining available on a large rooftop garden terrace overlooking the iconic Oxford Spires.
Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford will be open Monday-Sunday, 11 am-late.