Cinnamon Club – Old Westminster Library

Being an information professional, it’s not surprising that what appeals most on my first visit to Cinnamon Club (Whitehall branch) is its location: the Old Westminster Library.

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Cinnamon Club restaurant in the Old Westminster Library

We are encouraged to relax and have a drink in one of the bars before being seated at our reserved table (which isn’t quite ready for our party of five, yet), and are led down to a neon-lit cocktail bar in the basement. There’s another library bar adjacent to the main restaurant.


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Library bar


The menu is haute cuisine Indian (posh nosh), with starters averaging at £10.00 and main courses at £25.00.


Starters
For starters, I have a vegetable kebab with mint and yoghurt @ £8.50 (a bhaji on a kebab skewer, which reminds me of falafel as much as it does a bhaji, as it’s bursting with fennel aniseed flavours and is absolutely delicious). A has a crisp zucchini flower with spiced vegetables, slow cooked marrow @ £8.50; M has a black leg chicken breast with dried mango and peanut, and chicken tikka rillette @ £9.50 and D has char-grilled Welsh lamb fillet with nutmeg, and sweetbread bhaji @ £9.50.


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Vegetable ‘kebab’ starter (bhaji on a skewer)


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Courgette (zucchini) flower with spiced vegetables starter


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Black leg chicken breast starter


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Char-grilled Welsh lamb fillet starter


Main course
For main course, I have Tandoori Portobello mushroom with root vegetable curry and saffron bread @ £16.00. Mushrooms are one of my favourite foods and this does not disappoint (even if portions are small). Three of those Portabello mushrooms and I’d have been in heaven.

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Tandoori Portabello mushroom main course


Wine list
While you can get a 750ml bottle of wine for £22 here (eg. red: a Sicilian Nero d’Avola/Nerello Mascalese, or white: a French Grenache Blanc – Bergerie de la Bastide, Terre du Sud, Vin de Pays D’Oc) the cheapest are mostly priced from the mid £30s. It’s an extensive list with the price of a bottle of white wine reaching up to £260 for a Chambertin Grand Cru, Clos de Beze, Pierre Damcy (2007 vintage) although there are many at around the £100 mark. Vintage reds reach up to £3,000.00+ a bottle.

Beers
I stuck to beer: it’s £4.00 for a 330ml bottle of Cobra or Kingfisher, £6.00 for a 350ml bottle of Sierra Nevada pale ale or £15.00 for a 750ml bottle of King Cobra (double fermented strong lager).

All in all, it’s a great restaurant if you’ve got something to celebrate. And you can keep costs down by going at off-peak hours and ordering from a set menu (currently £22.00 for two courses) so do keep an eye out for special offers/ discounts.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Indian
~ Address: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, London
~ Postcode: SW1P 3BU
~ Tel: 020 7222 2555
~ Nearest tube station: St James’ Park, Westminster
~ Website: Cinnamon Club website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Cinnamon Club food
~ Location: Cinnamon Club map


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