The Cinnamon Club is located down a one way side street just off The Parade. This quaint little restaurant seats 24 and offers all your traditional Indian favourites and then some. They also have a selection of dishes cooked in their tandoori oven, dosas, biryanis and club wraps which are only available at lunch time. The curries are cooked using the freshest ingredients and are preservative, MSG and gluten free. Spices are also available if you want to cook your own curries at home.
The decor is neat and well presented. There’s a nice elephant mural on their main wall, and their leather bound chairs are quite comfortable. The frontage of this place isn’t overly large, but there is a good amount of natural light that flows in.
Today, I ordered the $12 lunch special which is rice and two curries. I chose the Butter Chicken and Lamb Korma. The curries arrived 13 minutes after ordering and had good presentation. The curries were entree sizes.
There are basically two ways you can cook Butter Chicken. The first way is to cook it from scratch, whereas the second way is to use tandoori chicken and add it into a curry sauce. The Cinnamon Club uses tandoori chicken.
Inside an entree sized bowl, you get two reasonably sized boneless chicken thigh pieces. The chicken was well marinated, tender and succulent. The meat was swimming a thick rich tomato sauce and you could taste the sweet nutty flavour of the fenugreek leaves. Personally, I prefer Butter Chicken cooked the other way, but for this method of preparation, it was pretty good.
The Lamb Korma was pretty good. I counted at least 8 reasonably sized morsels of lamb which was lean and well marinated. The lamb was perfectly cooked as it had nice pinkish centres. The curry flavours were well infused and the meat simply fell apart. The sauce was rich and creamy, and the flavours were spot on. My only complaint was that curry wasn’t heated well enough. It was warm instead of hot.
The staff were friendly and the service was fast and efficient. The atmosphere was relaxed and their lunchtime pricing is very reasonable. I’ve had $10 curries at other places and all you get are a few morsels of meat. For $12 here, you get two curries and more satisfying portions. The quality and taste is also very good which is a bonus. If you come here outside of lunch, their mains range from $8-$20 which is still acceptable.
Verdict: The curries are very good here and I look forward to coming back.
WHERE: 2/1 Margaret St, Norwood