Who doesn’t love Indian food? While most of us have a favourite eaterie there’s a new one in Oxford that takes Indian cuisine to a new level.
Cinnamon Kitchen opened at the Westgate towards the end of last year and has now introduced a two and three course set lunch and dinner menu that makes taking a break from shopping all the more worthwhile.
Celebrating the diversity of the subcontinent the newly-created dishes showcase Cinnamon Kitchen’s modern Indian cuisine.
We stopped in on a snowy day recently and were definitely in need of something to warm us after the winter walk.
The restaurant itself is light and airy and offers plenty of space between tables.
Opting for comfy banquette seating we enjoyed a glass of Prosecco while we decided on our lunch.
The set menu features some real showstoppers and some firm favourites and we decided on the achari lamb fillet on spinach roti with anchovy chutney and grilled chicken skewer, labna, pomengranate and toasted buckwheat.
Not only did both taste like no Indian dishes we had tried before, subtle flavours packed with taste and a treat for the eyes – the pomegranate seeds glistening like rubies, made you want to dive in.
Moving on the mains, we were attracted to the Tandoori trio – paneer tikka, achari cauliflower and padron pepper and old Delhi style butter chicken with pilau rice.
Again as much a feast for the eyes as for the palate and who knew cauliflower could taste so good! All three elements of the trio had a delicious smoky hint and the chicken was rich and moist in a light butter sauce which we eagerly dipped our peshwari naan into.
All was perfectly cooked, spiced and seasoned, leaving you wanting to come back for more.
Light refreshing desserts were the order of the day after and the mango and strawberry sorbets delivered on that score. We also tried the carrot halwa treacle tart with thandai sorbet – a sticky but light treat not unlike a carrot cake.
At £21 for three courses it was money very well spent for lunch (an evening version is available for £28 with a glass of Prosecco).
With the promise of lunch here on future shopping tips I may even persuade my husband to come shopping with me again.