Cinnamon Soho describes itself as the “younger and cheekier sibling” of Cinnamon Kitchen (reviewed elsewhere on this site), offering “modern Indian cuisine with a nod to British favourites”.
Certainly the starters were some of the most unusual and delicious I have ever tasted. These included a Burnt Chilli Chicken, a Tandoori Salmon with Green Pea Relish and – most interesting of all – All Balls! This latter dish consisted of five pairs of deep-fried spherical nibbles, including their take on Crab Cakes, Scotch Eggs and Beef Shammi Kebab; these were presented on a rectangular plate with a selection of suitable dips and sauces. Very different and very good.
So it was something of a disappointment that the main courses did not live up to the same high standard. A Black Leg Chicken Biryani was rather dry and tasteless, and a Roganjosh Shepherd’s Pie was uninspiring (although it did look like a miniature Shepherd’s Pie). The Old-Delhi-style Chicken was better, but nothing special.
The food was relatively pricy (compared to other London Indian restaurants), but the house wine was excellent and not expensive. The service was first rate, being genuinely friendly and efficient.
I think I’ll go back for a further visit and just order masses of starters.