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    Monday, 30 April 2018

    CINNAMON KITCHEN, BATTERSEA PARK

    I’m sat writing this while looking out the window and it’s absolutely lashing it down. This isn’t the kind of weather we deserve on the 30th of April! We deserve heat! We deserve something exotic! And while you won’t get those vibes from the weather outside, I promise you will be able to get them from this restaurant recommendation. 

    Yep, this place promises to deliver you something spicy, fragrant and super tasty down at Battersea Power Station - so without further ado (drum roll please...), allow me to introduce you to for the newest Cinnamon Kitchen.    
    If the name rings a bell, that’s because there’s already two Cinnamon Kitchens in existence over in the City and Oxford. The restaurants are the brain-child of Vivek Singh where he serves up modern Indian cuisine with a super laid-back vibe - and this newest offering has to be his edgiest yet.
    I fell in love with the interiors as soon as I walked through the door. Industrial-style metals. Exposed brick-work arches. Touches of moody blue and orange velvet. It all feels super modern and sleek - just like the food being served on the menu. 
    Now if you're anything like me (and love a good curry) then you're in for a real treat here. All the dishes have such big, bold flavours with incredible aromas transporting you across the globe with every mouthful.The dishes are a bit on the pricey side but don't skimp out on the starters as these were some of our favourite dishes. I'd say your best bet is to order a couple of dishes from the starters and mains and just share the whole lot amongst your table to get the best value. I definitely recommend ordering the spice crusted lamb fillet (£9). It has the most incredible melt-in-the-mouth texture and comes served alongside a tomato salsa and smoked paprika raita. It's perfectly pink and the balance of spices is near perfect - honestly one of the best lamb dishes I've ever eaten. 
    The Tandoori Chicken Breast (£8) is delicious too - although, if you're a bit squeamish about pink chicken, you may want to ask for yours to be cooked a little longer. For me though, it was spot on.  Perfectly tender, juicy and packed with delicate, subtle heat from the red chilli and fenugreek marinade.  

    Next on to the mains...
    We decided to share two dishes starting with the King Prawns served in a Bengali turmeric curry (£25.00). I'm sure nearly every other table in the restaurant ordered this dish and with good reason too. The prawns are huge and meaty and the curry itself is packed with flavour (if slightly on the mild side for me) - BUT the price-tag is pretty hefty and as delicious as it was, I'm not convinced I would pay that again. 
    I was actually surprised by the fact this next dish was my favourite of the two. The veggie option (I know, shocker right?!) Kadhi Pithod Saag - spiced chickpea gnocchi served in a yoghurt and spinach sauce (£15.00). It had a soft, silky texture and I couldn't stop myself from scooping every last scrap of sauce up with my peshwari naan (£5.50). Definitely well worth an order!
    I don't usually tend to order puddings in Indian restaurants (as I'm usually too stuffed) but I couldn't resist my all-time favourite pud, Sticky Ginger Toffee Pudding which has been given an exotic twist served with Garam masala ice cream (£7).
    While Tom devoured the spiced bread and butter pudding which came in a fragrant rasmalai sauce (£7). The perfect way to round off an epic feast!
    Overall, we both loved our evening at Cinnamon Kitchen and I would definitely recommend it. The prices are a little on the higher side so it's reserved more for date night or a treat but the quality of the meal helps justify the spend and I really can't fault it. The food was delicious, the wine was incredible and I even got to take the boat home. All in all, a brilliant evening.

    Cinnamon Kitchen
    4 Arches Lane, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB

    * We were invited to review Cinnamon Kitchen
    Our food was complimentary and all opinions are my own

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