Cinnamon Bazaar is a vibrant modern Indian restaurant in Covent Garden. Cinnamon Bazaar is part of the Cinnamon Collection, which is a group of splendid Indian restaurants around London. We dined at Cinnamon Soho in 2017 and added all the other Cinnamon restaurant to our list… but since then Cinnamon Bazaar is our first.
Cinnamon Bazaar is in the heart of bustling Covent Garden and the restaurant is just as busy. Our dinner was at 6:30PM last Saturday and when we arrived the restaurant was full to the brim. So much that we were seated upstairs in the Khaori dining room.
The ground floor of the restaurant is gorgeous and colourful, evocative of an upscale Indian bazaar.
The Khaori dining room is similar in its aesthetic, but more calm. The service was really good as well. Swift and friendly.
What we ordered
Cinnamon Bazaar is a small plates restaurant, which we love because we can order a lot. Well, we always order a lot 😝. The menu is split into snacks, chaat, and bazaar plates.
We didn’t order any snacks. We ordered Samosa Chaat and Aloo Tikki Chaat. Indo-Chinese Chicken Wings, Pepper Fry, Double-cooked Pork Belly, Lamb Galauti Kebab, and Lucknow Style Chicken Biryani.
The wings were great. Perfectly level of spice and flavour, and incredibly moreish.
We both preferred the Samosa chaat. The vegetable filing was delicious and the pastry was scrumptious. The aloo tikki chaat was okay, but most of the flavour was from the curried white peas.
The double-cooked pork belly was all mine – Shiima doesn’t eat pork – and she didn’t miss much. It seemed to lack much flavour and had no heat, and wasn’t a fan of the texture of the pork belly. Saying that, I devoured it 😳
Shiima’s Lamb Kebab was beautiful to look at. Really, just look at it. And it was just as delicious. Meaty, rich, and perfectly cooked lamb on fresh paratha.
The pepper fry was good. Nothing out of the ordinary, but well seasoned and lightly fried.
The chicken biryani was awesome. The rice was utterly delicious and the chicken was succulent and spicy. I rarely eat rice, but I had several mouthfuls of this and had to stop myself.
We ordered the “Bhapa Doi” cheesecake, which was err… okay. Well, not so much. It was tasteless. It looked good though.
Cinnamon Bazaar is a fun modern Indian restaurant. It’s uniquely beautiful, the service is good, and the food is mostly good too. We recommend for a casual date, and vibrant group dinner with friends, family, or colleagues. Cinnamon Bazaar is fairly expensive. Also, don’t forget to leave a tip because service isn’t included in the bill.
Dress Code: Casual
Shiima’s Star Dish: Samosa Chaat
Amen’s Star Dish: Indo-Chinese Chicken Wings
Rating: 4 out of 5