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Cinnamon Soho – High Chai

There is something so comforting about pouring tea from a teapot. Unfortunately due to our busy lifestyles the ritual of teapot tea making is slowly disappearing. Instead we’re forced to make and drink our brew from the one-stop-shop mug. Hence my love for afternoon tea, where you’re able to indulge in the tradition of brewing your tea properly. So to feed my love for all things tea, this Diwali we headed to the hustle and bustle of Soho with the girls for some high chai action.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

Yes, you read right. And no, you haven’t been transported to the days of the Raj. This is high chai London style! Cinnamon Soho combine two of my favourite things – afternoon tea and Indian food. It’s the third restaurant from Vivek Singh of Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen

Compared to his other eateries this venture is more cafe-esque in style, wooden chairs, colourful walls and menus on clipboards.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

The menu takes a contemporary Indian twist on some British favourites. My mouth was salivating at the words on the menu, I couldn’t wait to order. We went straight in for the tea for two at £25 with Indian masala chai. Although my eager anticipation was quashed as I watched the tea being poured.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

The flavour matched the look. Weak and milky. It had the taste of boiled teabags with a distinct lack of fresh ginger and cardamom. I was geared up for some just-like-mummiji-used-to-make authenticity, so in my disappointment I sent it back. The waiter immediately apologised and offered to make me a fresh pot. I didn’t want to risk it, so ordered a pot of Assam instead. Thankfully that tasted exactly as it should.

Fear set in for the rest of my order. This was quickly set aside when the girls food arrived, it looked as it tasted too. This time very delicious. The girls’ went for the junior menu on offer for £8 which included Bombay potato bonda, a curry leaf and chilli mash in chickpea batter.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

It wasn’t too hot and ‘very, very tasty’ in the words of Radha. Her only request being she wished there had been more.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

Spinach dumpling in a tomato and fenugreek sauce followed. This looked and smelt so tasty that I had to ask for a little nibble. The dumpling was perfectly crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. Again the spices were just right for their little palettes. If your little ones are the carnivorous type there is also an option of tandoori chicken malai tikka.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

Finally after eyeballing my kids’ food for quite some time the high chai arrived. It was impressive looking and we were starving. Our plate also contained the Bombay potato bonda, accompanied with a lovely spicy green chutney. The Hyderabadi caramelised onions and mint samosa came boasted buttery pasty and the filling was delicious. Our high chai came with two vegetarian alternatives, firstly a paneer naan pizza. The fluffy base was topped with tiny juicy cubes of paneer joy.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

And my favourite savoury item went to the Bengali beetroot burger, which made a welcome change to the bean or portobello mushroom burgers I regularly consume. The spicing in the beetroot patty was on point and the oozy cheese topped it off perfectly.

The high chai would usually come with a tandoori chicken and chutney sandwich and bhangra lamb slider.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

We wasted no time in moving swiftly on to the sweet treats, which cooed ‘Eat me’ as soon as they landed on my table. They included a piece of Malabar plum cake, which resembled a bitesize sticky toffee pudding. It was so good that being bitesize was just cruel, I needed the whole cake. The bitter chocolate tartlet with dates and ginger was probably my least favourite. It was very chocolatey but with no hint of ginger really. I deftly swerved that one over to Mr S.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

You know those high school movies where Plain Jane is basically a Disney Princess in disguise and somehow ends up prom queen? Well top prize went to this rather unassuming spiced scone with apple and fennel chutney. The crumbly, soft melt in your mouth scone was peppered with assorted indian herbs and caraway seeds. For once in my life I didn’t miss the clotted cream. The sweet, textured chutney did a splendid job of complimenting the scone very well.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

The girls ended their spice fest with a scoop of saffron and strawberry smoothie homemade ice-cream, included in the junior meal.

Cinnamon Soho - High Chai

I have to admit the initial chai blunder was a real let down – after all we were there for an afternoon tea. I wish I’d gone for the cinnamon bellini instead for an extra £5. However, they did deal with the complaint really well and the food that followed totally impressed my tastebuds.

Cinnamon Soho certainly offers an afternoon tea with a difference. For only £12.50 considering the central London, it’s great value for money. I think it’s the perfect spot to refuel after shopping or for a pre theatre treat.

Where is your favourite afternoon tea? Let me know in the comments box below.


Cinnamon Soho | 5 Kingly Street | London | W1B 5PF




Cinnamon Soho


  • La French Connection 6th November 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Mmm what a feast, that looks amazing. Looks like you won’t have much room left for weeks now 🙂

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th November 2016 at 3:55 pm

      We certainly walked out quite full!

  • Ayla 10th November 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I keep meaning to try this place but haven’t got around to it yet. The Indian styled afternoon tea may just persuade me into it though as it sounds fab and I love an afternoon tea that’s a bit different. And what great value too!

    • Sima Sthanakiya 10th November 2016 at 3:55 pm

      It makes a great change. Obviously for £12.50 it doesn’t come with all the airs and graces of normal afternoon tea. But the food was tasty which is the most important thing.

  • Katja 11th November 2016 at 3:20 pm

    This place looks amazing! The food looks super tasty and who doesn’t love a good cuppa! Next time in that neck of the woods I’m totally checking it out.
    Katja xxx

  • Marleeen 11th November 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Okay, wow. Looking at your photos just made me hungry. It looks like a delicious meal. I don’t really have afternoon tea but when It is a special occasion, I do love having a cheese, cracker and dip platter for a nibble. It normally goes down nice with a glass of wine.

  • Misa 11th November 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I’m 100% sure I’d love the tea! And something tells me that the other yummy things as well 🙂

  • GIGI 12th November 2016 at 9:49 am

    Recently I have ordered variety of English tea afternoon tea was Chai Spice and my family loved it! I totally agree with your own well brewed tea! As for cinnamon soho is one of the places I have always wanted to visit in London!

  • Kitty 14th November 2016 at 9:09 am

    It looks yummy … I love tea places

  • Saranda 14th November 2016 at 6:56 pm

    This place, again, looks so good! I love articles like this! Putting it on my to do list for London in January! 😀

  • Jazmin 15th November 2016 at 5:33 am

    I work at an Indian restaurant and this trumps us by far! Looks so tasty!

  • Julia 27th May 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Oooo this place looks great, and I especially love the look of the desserts!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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