The three brothers Majumdar, Simon, Robin, Jeremy ( yes I know it sounds like a line up at a gay knocking shop )have just been to the much hoopla'd Cinnamon Club
A very basic summation ( coined by Robin ) would be Tabla Lite. It has the sames aspirations as the NY based fusion restaurant and therefore suffers from the same fate for the same dishonesty that is the truth of all attempts at fusion.
The bar there is very comforting and drinks were well made if expensive ( c£8 a pop ) The room is rather uninspiring but not so cavernous as to be intimidating.
The real problem we had is that Indian food by its nature and by our (semi) Bengali upbringing, is a home food and should be simple and not over spiced. This was Indian food for Whitey who wanted a notch up from Bangla town curry houses but enough spices to make them think they were having a curry. So, starters of Rabbit loin suffered from far too much cardamon ( sp?) and a seafood selection of tandoored scallops and salmon was smothered.
Main courses of Wild boar chop were dry and the sweetbreads while exemplary ingredients were again flashed with more spices than a thieves bazarre.
The highlight surprisingly were desserts which included a black pepper ice cream and a steamed rice cake.
Including an overpriced veneto at £33 the bill for the three of us came to some £200
I am sure this place will continue to make cash as it is so close to channel four and medja folk will fall for this schtick. As for us, we will stick with a bowl of my mothers mustard fish