Cinnamon Culture

Our rating 

User rating 

21 reviews
Venue Image
46 Plaistow Lane,

(020) 8289 0322

The ViewLondon Review

StarStarStarStarNo Star
Review byNicola Jane Swinney20/08/2012
This regal looking restaurant in the backstreets of Bromley is definitely worth a visit if quality Indian food and exotic ingredients are your thing.

The Venue
‘Serene’ best describes the décor — this grand building’s previous incarnation as a pub of dubious repute is indiscernible. Sleek black and cool cream create a chic dining room, with spotless white napery and elegant chandeliers. Light pours in through vast windows, but it would be a warm and comforting space in winter, too.

The Atmosphere
On an early evening in high summer, however, Cinnamon Culture is flooded with light — heavy rain, alas, means that no one is sitting in the charming garden. The restaurant, while busy, is not full, so the ambience is chilled rather than buzzing. There are tables of couples and foursomes and the charming waiting staff flit between them with efficient aplomb.

The Food
This is Indian food, but not as we know it, with a menu featuring classic dishes given a modern twist or two - as evidenced in the ‘khatte bater ka seena’ (£6.75), or tamarind-glazed tandoori quail, a not-oft seen, velvet-soft meat with subtle spices. The dish comprises two breasts of quail served on lightly spiced bubble and squeak - and very good it is too. But quail isn’t to everyone’s taste, so go for the CS Cinnamon grill (£8.15), a selection of tasty chicken and lamb kebabs, none of which is mind-blowingly hot, but all are impressively spiced, and served with a cooling mint sauce.

Buffalo farming in the UK is on the increase. Water buffalo are placid, gentle creatures and are easy to look after — they lack the group aggression of cattle and are good ‘doers’ on poor forage. On the minus side, they are liable to crash through fences to reach water. But their meat is lean, lower in fat than beef and higher in Omega-3, as well as being BSE-free.

It appears on the menu at Cinnamon Culture as ‘las maas’ — clove-smoked buffalo, served with buttered rice (£13.85). The plateful of buffalo is dauntingly huge — it would easily serve two people - and that is its only fault. The meat is thinly sliced (rather than cubed), astonishingly tender and with masses of flavour. In India, where the water buffalo is king, it is referred to as ‘beef’; to the Hindu, the cow is sacred, but not so the water buffalo. However, the taste is more akin to venison and the rich sauce in which it is served enhances, rather than overwhelms, the meat.

The coconut lamb (£12.95), served with tomato rice, is also excellent. The coconut is not strong, but lends a delicate sweetness to the luscious lamb. The tomato rice has a hint of sharpness that complements the meat splendidly.

After all that, you may not think you have room for pudding, but it’s worth letting out your belt, because Cinnamon Culture puts its special spin on old favourites. So a classic crème brûlée (£6.55) is flavoured with coconut and served with a sesame seed ‘brittle’, to contrast with the silken cream. Cumin may not be the obvious spice to go with chocolate — cardamom is the more usual pairing — but it adds a background hint, as subtle as an echo, to the rich, dark fondant (£6.45), served with vanilla ice cream. It needs nothing further.

The Drink
Do cocktails go with Indian cuisine? It’s a moot point, because Cinnamon Culture’s cocktail list is so exciting it would be a tragedy not to try at least one. As well as the classics, it includes a Pear and Cardamom Sidecar, combining Cointreau, lemon juice, pear and cardamom syrup; Saffron Garden, with saffron gin, lemon, jasmine syrup, apple and elderflower (all £8), and the exotic-sounding Golden Orb, a blend of vodka, Cointreau and mango (£7.95).

The winelist, too, offers some delights, including an exuberant Stonewalker Chenin Blanc from South Africa, a bargain at £19.95; a deliciously clean Santa Serena Sauvignon Blanc from Chile (exceptional value at £16.75), and a beguiling McGuigan Black Label Gewurztraminer Riesling from Australia (£23), whose aromatics complement perfectly the spicy food.

The Last Word
Buffalo not your thing? Don’t worry, you’ll find something similarly excellent from Cinnamon Culture’s extensive, innovative and impressively put-together menu.
Cinnamon Culture has been reviewed by 21 users

What's near Cinnamon Culture?

Below are the nearest 5 venues within 500 metres of Cinnamon Culture.
Shopping near Cinnamon Culture (0)
Cinemas near Cinnamon Culture (0)
Hotels near Cinnamon Culture (0)
View Offers
Sunday Roast only £8.95 at The Hampton Pub

Most Read Today

01 Pimms No 1 Cup

A guide to the history of Pimms No 1 Cup, Pimms dr...

02 Free Summer Festivals in London

Don't be put off by little things like money, part...

03 Summer Sales London

Grab a bargain bikini for your escape to the sun a...

04 Ice Skating London

Ice Skating London – your guide to the capital's b...

05 Parent and Baby Film Screenings

Let them scream their little lungs out at these fi...

Content updated: 28/07/2015 14:18

Restaurant Hire

Planning a party?

Find a special restaurant to make your party special here.


Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Aladin Brick Lane
    Great overall experience. Unique vibrant bustling curry house. ...

    Nicola_I on 25/07/2015 @ 17:38
  • Petriti's Restaurant
    You will not be disappointed by the cooking at this restaurant W...

    Iprent on 25/07/2015 @ 17:08
  • The Oak
    I am a regular at The Oak and last night was really bad. The sear...

    ccm on 24/07/2015 @ 10:26
  • Kitchin
    A really trendy place in Kings Cross. It's all about food, more t...

    MorganRara on 23/07/2015 @ 20:37
  • Shanty Town
    Loved Shanty Town when we first arrived was abut confused as some...

    Siouxieroxs on 23/07/2015 @ 12:37