Brunch Review: Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea launches new weekend power brunch
Brunching in Battersea is something the stylish south London neighbourhood is very accustomed to, paired with plenty of lycra and a small dog or two for good measure. Adding a vibrant touch into its mix is the new Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea with its ‘Weekend Power Brunch’ that can be found under the arches of the Power Station development.
Fusing its popular modern Indian concept with weekend favourites, east meets west with quirky dishes from renowned chef Vivek Singh. The menu itself is as colourful as the food: mustard yellow set against teal with rich purple showing us that this Indian eatery, having settled in its south London home, is starting to really have some fun.
Tailored to family feasting, it’s impossible to not graze, pick and share. Cinnamon Kitchen has creatively shaken up a British classic with a sea bream and turmeric kedgeree, topped with a poached egg. Other smaller dishes include tandoori chicken tikka and cheese naan with coriander chutney, Bombay scrambled eggs and keema paratha or a bhuna lamb naan roll.
Some of the main attractions to dig into on this new weekend exclusive include pollock malai curry with ghee rice, Uttappam: (a south Indian rice pancake with coconut chutney and lentil sambhar) or a Lucknow-style chicken biryani. If these Indian treats catch your eye, then the Railway style lamb curry is a must. Rich with a warm and friendly spice and served with pilau rice, it may be more lunch then brunch, but is a dish certainly worth throwing into the mix.
For larger groups, the Power Station Feast at £29 per person showcases the very best of this menu. Designed as an Indian banquet for four or more people, choose from papdi chaat, chicken tikka, cheese naan and pao bhajis followed by the sea bream kedgeree, rich butter chicken, chana bhutura chickpea curry and my recommended railway-style lamb curry. This feast is complemented with sides of rice, house black lentils and pomegranate raita finished off with the Malpua pancake – (an Indian pancake with spiced honey and homemade garam masala ice cream).
Located under the railway arches, Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea has transformed a space that was almost long forgotten. Stylish new furnishings set against exposed brick reflect the group’s modern concept with many new dishes unique to the restaurant. The polished bar draws diners in with award-winning mixologist Tony Conigliaro responsible for the bar menu. Inspired by the dishes found on the Mumbai Jaipur Pink City Express train route, cocktails include ‘Mango Sour’ with triple sec, Havana rum and lime – whilst my guests select the ‘Indian Gin & Tonic’ that Tony Conigliaro has infused with allspice with a fenugreek & black mustard gin.
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea’s new brunch menu is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Kids under 12 can eat for half price, and those under six for free.
Address: Battersea Power Station, 4 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB, cinnamon-kitchen.com/battersea, 020 3955 5480