A modern Indian dining experience from one of London’s most famous chefs Vivek Singh. Similar to its more high-end sister, Cinnamon Club, the concept here is a clever mix of Indian heritage and urban London, this time inspired by the marketplaces–cultural and culinary melting pots.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden with a vibrant decor and a buzzing bar, you can see how Cinnamon Bazaar is appealing to both Londoners and tourists alike. It’s extensive menu covers variety of street food classics from the sub-continent such as a separate chaat section, grilled aubergine with coconut chutney (vegan) and Kabuli kofta (chickpea and spinach based dish). A separate vegan menu is also available, which feels a bit unnecessary as the main menu is clearly marked with dietary information. We went for what was recommended, and opted for the a la carte, instead of the tasting menu and stuck to a Cobra beer instead of ordering a cocktail. We liked having a variety of options to choose from and 5-6 small to medium sized plates to share between the three worked well. However, we found the quality of the food and service average and it was a bit pricey. We had higher expectations for Cinnamon Bazaar, as contemporary Indian food offering in London is competitive and full of exciting places doing great food.
Given its location, it is a good alternative for people to meet without having to worry about travel distances or different dietary requirements. But it is equally preferred by tourists, which lends itself to a touristy rather than the feel of a locals hangout.
We didn’t try the cocktails, but we are told they are as delicately spiced as the food.
Safe option to meet a friend who lives on the other side of the town or family visiting from out of town. There is quite a bit of hustle and bustle here, similar to a marketplace. So not one for a quite romantic night out. Don’t forget you are paying a Central London premium for the food.