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“Literature is a vast bazaar where customers come to purchase everything except mirrors.”
The House Curried Popcorn was indeed unusual, popcorn tossed in caramelised molasses and powdered with garam masala, gaving a sweet and spicy sensation that certainly left you guessing.
The Samosa Chat was a flavour bomba!!!! so many different flavour profiles and each mouthful had a different flavour, but the brilliant thing was the flavours did not clash, I was actually looking forward to the next mouthful. Really delish and tasty.
The playful unusualness continued to the lamb Rogan josh shepherds pie yes you heard it right – it was actually voted as one of Time Out’s 100 Best Dishes in London. so I had to try it, I flew to London for this dish actually. and yes it was delicious, the lamb filling was delicately infused with cinnamon, the filling was lamb and keema so giving a nice depth of flavour, and the mashed aloo was buttery and smooth, served piping hot it was a pleasure to eat tentatively, furtively even.
I am a biryani fanboy, and I love all things biryani, This biryani did not disappoint, oven cooked in a cast iron skillet it was firstly piping hot, secondly, the rice was fragrant and the chicken was moist, some of the masala and rice had caramelised on the outer edges of the skillet giving a second wind element of crispness. The flavours were balanced the only criticism was that the masala was slightly ever so heavy on the cardamom, which is a personal taste so in no way a failure.
The Cinnamon Bazaar was in essence precisely what Chef Vivek Singh says on the tin, an unfussy modern take on the traditional Indian menu, The dishes are imaginative and playful without being overbearing and arrogant. The focus is on playful taste and flavours rather than being modern for the sake of Michelin.
The Service was friendly and to the point, not overbearing and stuffy.
The Star of the Meal?
The Samosa Chat and Lamb Rogan Josh Shepards pie in my opinion the star of the show.
The miss of the Meal?
This is like asking which of my 3 children’s my favourite, I usually say in jest I hate them all equally (by the way I love them all equally) so enjoyed all the elements.
The Cinnamon Bazaar holds its own in the cutthroat modern Indian restaurant scene in London, I would say it is on par with Bombay Bustle, possibly the biryani at the Bombay Bustle pipped Cinnamon Bazaar at the post,
The Chicken and Lamb are confirmed 100% Halal, the Game is not
Alcohol is served on the Premises
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