“ 2 Malvern Grove / Duston / Northampton / NN5 6AY / Tel: 01604 580680 / 750444 „
Cinnamon is the closest Indian restaurant to me and is also the closest take away service which is a stroke of luck really as it is the best Indian restaurant I have sampled in the seven years that I have lived in Northampton. The only annoying thing is that for the first four years I was either unaware or chose to ignore its presence and it was only a recommendation from a friend that prompted me to visit.
Part of the reason for this was the fact that it is located on the end of a row of four shabby looking shops in a residential area and every time I drove past it seemed from the outside to be empty due to a lack of parked cars however the reason for this is probably because most people walk there as on a Saturday night and even in the week I have found it to be quite busy, it is just from the outside there is no way of telling this.
The restaurant is open seven days a week including bank holidays from 17.00 to 22.00 and is full air conditioned. Inside it is not large and has enough seating to cater for about 40 to 50 people I reckon however I like the fact that the tables are quite spread out. The décor is quite subtle and there is a nice atmosphere in the restaurant ad it is very clean. The only slight complaint I would have is the constant stream of foot traffic arriving to collect take away orders however as I'm occasionally one of those people it is a bit hypocritical of me. Along one of the walls is a bar with some sofa seating opposite for you to enjoy a pre meal drink or to sit while waiting for a take out. There is a modern feel to the restaurant which has an interior design based upon clean cut lines with a wood floor and modern art on the walls, in all a pleasant place to enjoy a meal and this is helped by the fact that it is not located near any public houses and the fact that it shuts at 22.00 means it does not attract the drunken curry eating yob, instead it is somewhere to take the family and my kids love it.
The reason for this is the quality of the food and the range of the menu that is available. What I really like about Cinnamon is that it has a varied menu that does not consist of the basics recycled across the lamb, chicken prawn range like so many places, of course if you want you can go for a balti, bhuna or tikka just like any place then you can but I have found myself trying a new dish most of the time I go and the quality of the food is excellent and the prices very reasonable.
In all there are a thirty chef specialities on the main menu and although there is a lack of vegetarian option in this list there are still some great dished. Three of my favourites are Beguni Lamb which is prepared with aubergine in a hot dry sauce and had a nice kick to it, the King Prawn Shoodari is a milder dish in a medium sauce with a generous serving of king prawns with large chunks of pepper, mushroom and onions which have been roasted before being added to the sauce. Finally my particular favourite it I want something quite mild is the Raj Shahi Khana which is chicken with crushed mango in a buttery light creamy sauce with has a wonderful fruity taste and the chicken is so well marinated that it just melts in your mouth. There is a wide range of starters to choose from as well as side dishes, the Sag Paneer which is a combination of cheese and spinach is really nice and the Bombay Potatoes are probably the best I have ever had. The Nan breads are quite large and one is more than enough to share as are the portion sizes with the rice, in fact all of the portions are quite generous and often there is some food left over on the plates. There is also a good selection of desserts and the mango ice cream made in the traditional manner is to die for.
The service is excellent, friendly and efficient and I have always found that they allow just the right amount of time between courses to allow the food to go down and not interrupt conversations. Due to the fact that it is quite a small venue it is easy to attract attention and there is always enough staff on duty whenever I have visited.
Price wise it is very reasonable, the average price of a main course is £6.50 with the most expensive being £8.95 and the cheapest £4.95, the restaurant is fully licensed and although it does not have an extensive wine list there is something to suit most tastes at acceptable prices. There is free local delivery for take away meal or a 10% discount of collections if the order is over £12 and paid in cash.
Access does involve some steps, not into the restaurant itself which has a sloped floor inside as well so suitable for wheelchairs but there are steps up to the frontage which are the responsibility of the local authority and not the shop keepers.
Defiantly somewhere I would recommend however its location means that it will stay an enjoyable local venue without the need to book ahead and I hope it remains that way well into the future.
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