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.

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.

Library bar

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

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.

Vegetable ‘kebab’ starter (bhaji on a skewer)

Courgette (zucchini) flower with spiced vegetables starter

Black leg chicken breast starter

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.

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.

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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