What is it with Littlehampton this past year? Another new curry house, sorry, Indian restaurant, and this one is really worthy of a review believe me.
Cinnamon in Littlehampton has been around for several months now, myself and Andy tried to get a table in this place a couple of months ago but couldn't get in on a Saturday night before 10. You then only have to go onto Trip advisor and see its ranking of numero uno from 77 restaurants in the area to realise they probably know what they are doing.
Just before I carry on, what's with the name cinnamon anyway? Surely there are far better spices to choose for a curry house name. Worth thinking about, but probably best not spending too much time on it though.
On entering the restaurant it looks nice, modern and comfortable as you would expect from any new place, and the staff are quick to make you feel welcome and show you to the table and offer you drinks.
Now, I'm not totally sure how to write this review as I've been two times with the misses (that's not Andy by the way) in the past 2 weeks and the menu had changed over that period and some prices increased. Large cobra's were £3.75 now £4.25, and there were some food options on the menu that have now vanished.
The starters have remained the same however. First visit was the calamari and a mixed kebab. The squid was not over done and still tender, had a light spice batter and chilli jam drizzle on the plate, very nice indeed. The mixed kebab consisting of chicken tikka, shami kebab and onion bhaji, was a monster of a starer with all elements well executed. Presentation of both was a different standard to the typical indian fair, and instantly triggered my brain into thinking this could be run by the same people that own Masala Gate in Chichester, which later proved to be correct.
The more recent visit (8th November 2012) prawn puri and chicken tikka puri were chosen to start with, both of which were quite different in presentation which was nice to see and quite a substantial portion as well, almost too much, could nearly be a meal in itself. Both tasted excellent, but I would say though although this might sound strange, there were almost too many prawns in the puri, there were loads of those tiny little ones, personally i would rather have fewer larger better quality ones. There are a couple of pics attached, they are a bit dark and total pants in all truth but give you a good idea into the presentation effort these puri starters.
The main courses in Cinnamon tend to differ from more traditional Indian eating culture and what you order comes out on your own plate rather than a hot plate in the middle of the table and served in balti dishes. Some prefer this, however I think its fair to say when eating curry with the people I dine with all like to share and try the different orders on offer, not a big deal though.
The first visit was a Rashoone chicken which is no longer on the menu and a chicken tikka dhansak. Both of which the meat was super tender, the curries tasty and well spiced and pretty hard to fault to be honest. We were certainly well impressed.
This week the misses had a lamb Molisa (spelling needs verifying I think), which was a slightly fierily dish with lamb tikka, fresh chillies with extra onions and tomatoes, served neatly in a thick line on a large plate, a bit rich for te pocket at £11.95.
I had the chilli masala which was served in a red pepper, which all looked rather nice. The curry was tasty and had some heat to it, a little sweetness, the meat very tender but the pepper to curry ratio was well off and it had a salad on the side which I don't want or need that with a curry. After being totally stuffed from my starter I managed the curry, I don't think it was much bigger than the entrée to be honest.
As for the sundries. We've had a naan on both visits, the first was a keema which was slightly underdone and doughy but nice enough, and more recently we had the garlic option, and this wasn't the best around because there was way too much garlic butter on the top, the likes you find in Italian restaurants, it just wasn't quite right, think it had parsley in it as well, garlic naan should have bits of garlic in them and not taste like a bake yourself garlic bread.
The rice had been absolutely fine on both occasions and I've probably said this before, if you cant get the rice right you shouldn't be in the kitchen.
Cinnamon in Littlehampton is defiantly a good place to eat and is more than worthy to top of the list for Indian Restaurants in Littlehampton, its not without fault though but most places aren't but it really cuts it where it should and thats the curries! I really like it here and will be visiting again soon. Oh and it's well worth booking for a Friday or Saturday.