If there’s ever a haven for vegetarians, this is it! It’s a well known fact that Asian food, and especially Indian is manna for vegetarians, who always get the blunt edge of the knife, often being limited to risottos, pastas and the sort. I know Woodlands from my school days in South India where they have numerous outlets serving the finest dosais (or fermented rice and lentil crepes). Having just returned from an extended vacation in Europe, the craving for good nutritious vegetarian food was unbearable and even more intense was the calling towards a masala dosai.
The younger sibling of the juggernaut Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen, which opened in 2009 has not only gone from strength to strength, but also further established the Cinnamon domination of fine Indian dining in London. Following on from the Club’s pioneering modern Indian cuisine, Kitchen is a lighter, funkier and more casual venture with an open grill, a handsomely designed bar, Anise and fantastic food.
There really is no denying it. The subcontinent of India does have the best food in the world. Since ‘curry’ just so happens to be Britains national dish, it’s incredibly satisfying to find top notch Indian restaurants in London. By Indian, I mean real Indian, and not what is passed of as Indian by incompetent fakes. Growing up in South India was what made me fall in love with dosai, idli, vadai and other Tamilian food whilst having a close family friend/aunt feeding me Keralan delicacies like appam, chicken stew, putt meant that heaven was usually never too far from the dining table.