Cinnamon Indian Restaurant
68 High Street
BS31 1EA
T: 0117 986 8090
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Cinnamon, High Street, Keynsham
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4 stars

The winter weather showed no sign of letting up and with the temperatures at what felt like sub-zero, the wind whipping through my scarf, gloves and woolly coat, it seemed a sensible option to get some heat on the inside at least and make a visit to Cinnamon for a jolly good curry!

Cinnamon takes you straight to the heart of India via its warm and friendly staff and intimate dining area, coupled with an extensive menu drawing inspiration from many different regions. Starters were a difficult choice as there are so many but at last I settled on vegetable bora which I’d not tried before – pancake-shaped mixed vegetables, deep fried with a crunchy coating, and for my dinner companion who had already firmly made his choice before arrival, nothing but onion bhaji would do, followed by the tandoori mixed grill, chicken tikka, lamb tikka, seekh kebab and tandoori chicken served with nan bread.

I took a while looking through the main courses; there were two new chicken dishes on the menu – lorriant chicken, fried with butter and cooked with onion and oriental spices in a sweet and sour sauce, and joytun chicken, chicken tikka cooked with fresh olives, onion, capsicum and tomato. However, I decided on badhonia chicken, cooked with butter beans (which I love), and coriander in a thick and spicy fairly hot sauce. Side dishes of sag aloo and pilau rice completed our feast and we were away.

Our starters were lovely; there were two magnificently large onion bhajis quite enough to deprive you of the power of speech for a while, and the vegetable bora with its delicately spiced vegetable mixture and lightly fried coating was delightful. We spent the interval between starters and mains eavesdropping on a happy family birthday celebration going on at the next table who were obviously staunch regulars and the birthday girl received a card from the restaurant – nice touch!

Our main courses also hit the spot; the tandoori mixed grill was meaty and satisfying served with a particularly nice piece of pillowed nan bread, (I know this as I stole some!), and my badhonia chicken was an inspired combination; the butter beans giving a nice balance to the chicken and thickly spiced sauce. Both were really filling and at this point we came to a full stop. We’d achieved the warm glow necessary to face the elements outside for a very reasonable £40.00 for two, including two pints of Kingfisher lager.

Jacquie Vowles