Friday, January 06, 2006

Restaurant review: the Cinnamon Club

I went yesterday night to this exquisite restaurant located in the Old Westminster Library: The Cinnamon Club.

I started with some char grilled king prawns with dill and carom seeds, followed with some roast pheasant with green spices, mint and onion sauce, aubergine crush and finished with a saffron poached pear with cinnamon ice cream. Everything was exquisite, including the side stuffed naans and the curry Rajasthani sangri beans. Words are not enough to describe this fireworks for the senses, very fine cuisine.

The wines matched superbly the food, we had a saint joseph (white côte du Rhône) and although I usually avoid Chapoutier as they're a wine house and not a grower this was a very nice example of the viogner grape. The red was a Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel, very plummy and nice but as usual with Californian wines I have a (light) headache this morning -I can't prevent myself from thiking that they tinker too with what should be a natural product in the US. We finished nicely with a Baumes de Venise.

A top address!

The Cinnamon Club
The Old Westminster Library
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3BU
Telephone: 020 7222 2555

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