Celebrate Holi in style at the Cinnamon Kitchen, London
Spring is well and truly here, desi style. Celebrate Holi in style at the Cinnamon Kitchen’s #HouseOfHoli2015 in London.
The holi pod is situated in the stunning Devonshire Square and offers festival goers the chance to celebrate in the heart of London. Chase and thrash your pals with bags of rangoli (powdered colour) to the beats of Indian dance anthems. Each session lasts 30 minutes and be prepared to get absolutely covered in colour. Protective jumpsuits are offered but they can only do so much in protecting your undergarments. Besides, nobody wears a protective suit in India.
This is a great place to head for an after-work do, especially with the House of Holi on offer. The Anise bar inside the restaurant is a great central London bar with aesthetically pleasing masculine and modern interior. On offer is a juicy selection of refreshing Holi inspired cocktails complete with a set Holi menu.
The Cinnamon Kitchen, London is a restaurant that has a genuine and fantastic repertoire of vegetarian options and the chicken and lamb are both halal.
The complimentary potato fritter with tamarind sauce will keep your taste buds tingling in anticipation whilst the rest of the menu arrives. The Khasta dal kachori starter is the underdog dish with great imli (tamarind) and pomegranate flavours to accompany lentil stuffing and the vermicelli topping. A modern take on the classic Dehi Bhalla Chaat. Alternatively, you may choose the Kentish lamb escallops with black stone flower; with smoky paprika scents and soft textures, they come with mint chutney that is earthy and leafy in flavour. A Thandai (refresher) is presented to cleanse the palate before the mains. Think sorbet meets paan masala – there’s no shying away from the flavours in this one!
The first option is for the vegetarians. Khumb sarson ka saag is a Cinnamon Kitchen take on the age-old Punjabi classic, makki di roti and saag (corn flour chappatis with saag). Diners are introduced to a chickpea flatbread with tandoori mushroom sides and the main feature of saag and mushrooms. If mustard isn’t quite your thing, the strong dijon-ey flavours of the saag may be overpowering. Option two is the excellent prawn curry (Jhinga malai curry). Bold yet not too much flavour, chunky king prawns and a surprising side of cabbage served with a portion of fluffy ghee rice.
The dessert is a delight saved till last, especially if like me you have a soft spot for traditional Indian sweets. A trio serving of pistachio barfi, fig-semolina halwa and carrot samosa, look and taste of the Indian spring time. The Holi menu presents a range of Holi inspired dishes that truly reflect the season, with each dish is as visually pleasing as the rainbow-powder coloured bonanza that occurs just an hour before hand.
A range of teas and coffees (but no chai!) and a selection of colourful Holi cocktails with names like “Holi ka Fire” and “Neela Heera” come recommended.
£30 per person for a 3-course meal excluding drinks.
For more information and reservations please visit: www.cinnamon-kitchen.com