Cinnamon Soho’s current limited-run Summer Festival Terrace menu takes diners out onto the street of Kingly Court to enjoy the restaurant’s fusion of homemade flavours, accompanied by upcycled cocktails, as well as to enjoy the art of people-watching nearby punters frequenting pubs, shops and restaurants.
The special menu offering marks the second collaboration between the Cinnamon collection and the award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr Lyan. While dishes are all very much Cinnamon’s chef’s own, all abounding with the signature vibrancy expected of this modern Indian restaurant, drinks have been crafted by Mr Lyan with ingredients that aim to reduce and reuse food and drink waste.
Arriving slightly early for our reservation we were given an interim table in the dark and somewhat narrow ground floor (there’s basement space also) from where to peruse the warm yet rustic interiors, including a bicycle mounted on the wall about a set of tables.
Drinks arrived in recycled milk bottles with cardboard nametags as we took our seats outside on the attractively decked-out terrace complete with astroturf; the Pistachio Shell Daiquiri is sure to be a hit amongst pistachio fans for the sheer flavour from the pistachio shell infused Bacardi rum, accentuated by a sole lime juice mixer and unexpectedly sweet.
Food, overseen by head chef Vivek Singh, was equally as superb. The Bhelpuri Chaat came out as an unbeatable rice and chickpea vermicelli combination with spiced potatoes and coriander chutney, and had us hankering for more and remarking on its impressively cheap £4 price tag (the cheapest option on the menu.)
The Vegtable Samosa Corner proved another excellent choice, arriving as three, sizeable and abundant in rich Punjai flavours with plenty of additional notes from curried white peas and tamarind.
If you’re after something a little more Anglo-Indian and hearty go for the Amritsari-style masala fish finger bap with pao, green chilli mayo and green pea chutney or the vegetarian alternative, the Bonda bap, encasing South Indian spiced potato, green chutney and masala peanut.
Or opt for the Dahi Vada, a white lentil dumpling with cumin yoghurt, if you can’t handle the heat. Away from this menu and over to the a lá carte, we couldn’t resist adding in an order of Bangla-scotch egg (Quail’s eggs wrapped in Calcutta spiced beetroot) to see how the Bengalis do it. Magnificently if truth be told.
The only glitch in sight? The sunshine offering on this Thursday evening was limited!
The Summer Festival Terrace menu is available until September 30th
Address: 5 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PF
*Had no sim card in the camera in the end so reverted to phone photos.
Always on the hunt for London’s best bottomless brunch, Clarissa has over three years’ experience in food writing and actions a ‘try anything once mindset’. Eating her way around London (and the world) Clarissa has developed an appreciation of alternative cocktail glasses, spacious tables for two and the best seat in the house. Also loves Halloween and random, useful facts about the world we live in J