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Cinnamon (Restaurant)

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134 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Banglatown, Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
Cuisine: Indian
Tel: 020 7377 5526 | Email to Cinnamon | Transport: Liverpool Street | Write review

Cinnamon Review

Best for: Indian food, escaping the madness of Brick Lane, service.

Great: Atmosphere, Tandoori mixed grill, regional specialities.

BANG – the door of the flat came flying off its hinges. Eight men stormed the flat, shouting “RSPCA, don’t move.” They shot the lion with a tranquiliser and, despite his newly acquired courage to fight, he was taken away and incarcerated near Regent’s Park. Having relocated from Kansas to London, Dorothy had found life tough after only a month and in order to pay her rent, she had reluctantly sold the Tin Man for scrap.

Feeling sorry for herself she went to her wardrobe, put on her, slightly slutty, ruby red slippers and clicked her heels together thrice, saying “the Yellow Brick Road.” Disappearing in a cloud of smoke she materialised elsewhere, but not the Yellow Brick Road. This road was dirtier and less inviting. Looking around she saw a grubby plaque on a wall with the words ‘Brick Lane.’ Clearly, her magic shoes didn’t work so well outside the US, only picking up the Brick reference of her command.

Finding herself in London’s most famous area for the national obsession with curry, she decided to stop for dinner. As if by magic, she bumped into a friend, and immediately they set off on their curry adventure. Having not been to Brick Lane previously, Dorothy was surprised to see men standing outside each of the multitude of restaurants lining the road trying to drag people into a their establishment.This was the last thing Dorothy had expected from the land of the famous stiff upper lip.

Having managed to negotiate their way half way down Brick Lane, they saw a restaurant called Cinnamon. Having been to The Cinnamon Club restaurant in Westminster recently, she had high hopes for the quality of the food by name association alone. So they entered the lively, busy restaurant.

Looking around the restaurant Dorothy was not blown away. The walls were plain and uninspiring. However, she had been instructed by a friend a few weeks earlier that the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ was none more poignant than when directed at a curry house.

Menu in hand, a smugness fell over Dorothy face. She was pleased to know her balti from her biryani and her dupiaza from her dansak; the menu had all these but what drew her attention, and that of her dining partner, was the specials – a long list of dishes that she had never seen before and may potentially never see again.

It was not long before a Tandoori mixed grill came bursting from the kitchen to start; the sizzling plate spitting oil and delicious scents over the table. This carnivore’s paradise was soon devoured, Dorothy wolfing down morsel after morsel of deliciously tender and charred flesh.

Dorothy’s dining partner was from a distant land called Yorkshire, which meant he was normally legally bound to order a curry hotter than any sane human could enjoy; it very much being a right of passage rather than for enjoyment. On this occasion, though, out came a lightly spiced duck dish – the lure of trying the novelty of a duck curry was clearly even more appealing than a burning tongue. Dorothy’s Raja Chingri Karahi was to die for, the prawns tender and the sauce turning her mouth into a pleasantly warm sauna.

Whilst talking and stuffing her mouth with forkful after forkful, Dorothy looked around and realised the restaurant was absolutely packed with people who looked like they were having a wonderful time; the friendly and attentive service helping people on their way.

Stepping out of the restaurant later in the evening into the cool air Dorothy was hit again by the wave of energy, noise and “FREE POPPADUMS IF YOU EAT IN HERE” being screamed her way. Cinnamon had without doubt been a fantastic book in a pretty ordinary cover. There was little from the outside to distinguish it from the other restaurants lining Brick Lane, but it had managed to lift her out of her unhappiness for an extremely modest price. Dorothy walked up the road and tapped her shoes thrice “There’s no place like home.” THE END.
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Customer Reviews for Cinnamon

Average (based on 7 votes): 7 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Had a very good meal at the Cinnamon Brick lane. Staff very helpful and explained the menu and made good recommendations. We bought a couple of beers from the shop down the road and the waiter provided glasses with out us having to ask.”
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willia,, london (1 years 1 months 10 days ago)

“The best curry house in Brick Lane! The curry and nans were amazingly cooked. Hats off to the chef! Had a fantastic lunch on Sunday. ”
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harry, london (1 years 1 months 24 days ago)

“Very very good grab if you know your food you will know the meat and chicken dishes are cooked from fresh product not frozen. it very tender I have been to many places all over the world I can really say cinnamon will be one of the top ten restaurants that I have been in my life time. it's a must try place if your around in bricklane. I know I will be makin a trip there very soon”
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Mike, London (6 years 5 months 2 days ago)

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“Went for meal @ cinnamon had a excellent meal and service was incredible highly recommended to any curry lovers”
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Mr Dom, Heathfield (6 years 9 months 7 days ago)

“Cinnamon has been the best Indian restaurant I have eaten so far service was good and friendly will be comin back.one to try and judge for yourself”
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Mike, London (6 years 10 months 21 days ago)

“Really enjoyable place to have a good curry - would recommend. And cheap with it”
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Mic Fare, London (7 years 22 days ago)

“Last sunday it was the curry festival lots of restaurants given offers on door but cinnamon door was so polite and offered as a great deal showed a big banner on the window 5***** award & best in bricklane so we had a great meal & servvice was great will be back”
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RIMZ, EAST LONDON (7 years 2 months ago)

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