The Westgate Roof Terrace has been open along with the rest of the shopping centre since October 2017. As soon as I first laid eyes on the Roof Terrace I knew it would be a fantastic place to eat and drink on a nice summers day in Oxford.
So now that the Roof Terrace is up and running, most units have been filled and summer is upon us I thought it would be a great time to try out a new restaurant there.
One that caught my eye in particular was Cinnamon Kitchen, with their lavish decorations with plenty of marble and gold in sight. From my understanding this is one of the few high end Indian restaurants in Oxford. The only restaurant I could compare this to is 4500 miles from Dehli on Park End street which is in my opinion, is highly priced for what it is.
According to the Cinnamon Kitchen’s website, ‘The restaurant is a relaxed all-day dining concept. Like its sister restaurants in London, the restaurant specialises in modern-Indian cuisine with British influences using innovative cooking techniques’.
The marble and gold theme extends into the interior of the restaurant and it looks like something you would expect in a five star hotel, so this got me excited about the prospect of the quality of the food judging by the effort put into their interior and general decoration.
Food and Drinks
Below you can find some pictures I took of the menu which for reference, was in July 2018 and gives you an idea of the food and drinks on offer as well as pricing.
To start we tried a couple of their cocktails. In the Whiskey glass I tried a ‘Coriander Seed Old Fashioned’ (£8.50) which consisted of Amrut Indian Whisky, Coriander Seed and Angostura Bitters.
In the Jam Jar glass, my other half tried a ‘Amchoor Spritz’ (£9.00) which included Amchoor, Dried Lemon Peel, Mango and Prosecco.
We agreed that both cocktails tasted as elegant as they were described and even though I’m not a big whiskey drinker I really enjoyed the sharp refreshing taste of my Coriander Seed Old Fashioned.
In terms of food, the first item we tried was Chana Masala Hummus with sourdough toast. This was really nice, the hummus was both sweet and spicy and the pommegranate pieces gave a nice sharp twist on the crunchy sourdough.
For starters we ordered one of the char-grilled seabass in banana leaf parcel, lime pickle and sticky rice and Aubergine with sesame, tamarind and peanut crumble. Both were delicious and light. What I started to notice from the beginning of the meal is that a lot of effort is put not only to the unique ingredients in each dish, but also the lovely presentation.
It was rude not to enjoy a Cobra with the meal. Above you can see the amazing view of the top of some of the towers in Oxford from the roof terrace at the Cinnamon Kitchen.
For our mains we ordered the char-grilled pork ribs with chilli and honey glaze (top left), Peswari Naan (top right), Chicken tikka and cheese naan (bottom right and yes this combination works incredibly well!) and finally the Tandoori king prawns, Bengali turmeric curry, ghee rice and spinach poriyal which you can see on the bottom right.
The flavours in each dish were incredible, we shared and tried a bit of everything each. I have never tasted such tender prawns that fall apart and are so white when cut open and the sauce accompanied the prawns so well which had a nice spicy kick.
In terms of the ribs, they were cooked to perfection and also fell apart off the bone which is exactly what you want from a decent set of ribs.
And finally for dessert we opted to try two slightly different dishes. The Sorbet selection of the day and the Dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate crumble, milk chocolate ice cream.
My preference out of the two would definitely be the dark chocolate mousse. It was so dense you could cut it with a knife without it wobbling, my mouth is watering looking at the picture below again and at the thought of eating it. The ice cream really accompanied this well.
Final thoughts and Conclusion
To conclude, our meal at the Cinnamon Kitchen can only be described as a grand dining experience. I am yet to find a place in Oxford that offers the same standard of quality in terms of Indian food and if you are looking for somewhere to go for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or celebration of any type this makes the perfect place for it.
That being said, I would also recommend the Cinnamon Kitchen as somewhere to grab a light bite to eat. If you look at their Appetisers there are plenty of nice dishes to choose from which are all around the £10 per plate mark, which is not unreasonable for the quality of food on offer.
A big shout out has to go to Andrea, who looked after us so well. If you visit the Cinnamon Kitchen you will know straight away if Andrea is serving you as he has an amazing natural instinct when it comes to looking after people. This was clearly seen as he was dashing around the restaurant consistently checking everyone was ok and enjoying their meals.
If you visit any of the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurants in London you may also have the pleasure of seeing him there, as he works between the Oxford and London restaurants.
Overall in terms of our dining experience we would rate the Cinnamon Kitchen a 9/10 with very little, if anything at fault with their food and service.