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Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen
Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen
Situated at the top of Union Street, Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen
is a relaxing place to eat. The subdued lighting gives the ambiance a romantic and intimate feel. The mix of Indian and Bangladeshi food has been given a modern Western twist making this a unique eating experience you'll want to keep coming back to, especially as the waiters are all very friendly and always give the warmest of welcomes.
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Nouvelle Indian Cuisine
Do allow an extra 10 - 20 minutes than normal when visiting a restaurant - the Cinnamon Restaurant has an extensive menu to choose from and all the food is freshly made. A worthwhile wait you'll agree once you've dined here, the food is exquisite and has to be the best Indian food we have tasted in Aberdeen. The extra wait soon passes because you get complimentary poppadums and relishes. Each poppadum is crispy and light and the relishes, such as cucumber dip and mango chutney are all home-made.
Cinnamon Restaurant Menu
Portions are generous and many meals come with rice. The Shomi Special is highly recommended. It is named after the sister of owner and head chef Khalis Miah. It is a lightly spiced dish containing a range of tenderly cooked meats such as chicken, lamb and beef and seafood such as prawns. Served on a bed of pilau rice with refreshing raw vegetables, such as juicy cucumber and tomatoes around the edge and topped with fried onions and peppers. Presentation is visually stunning and thoughtful - even the tomatoes are chopped into love heart shapes.
Breads such as nan and chapatti are lovely and fresh and are home baked on the premises. Most of the special meals come with rice which is fluffy and non sticky.
The menu changes monthly but favourite starter dishes include salmon kebab which has been marinated in yoghurt and sesame oil and then charcoaled, tiger prawns roasted in tandoor and then finished with ginger and cinnamon. There are also traditional Indian starters such as samosas with a choice of fillings, a range of pakoras and onion bhajias.
Main meals include a humorously named chefs experiments section which have dishes such as burnt green curry which is chicken tossed in burnt spinach and then mixed with spices and herbs and also Mango Murgh which are tender cutlets of chicken served in a thick mango curry cooked to Bangalore style. Traditional Indian dishes such as pasanda dishes and balti meals are also available from the menu.
A range of side dishes include yellow lentils with okra, saag makhani (spinach cooked with baby corn and cherry tomatoes) and bharwan baign (baby aubergines with fresh coriander and mustard seeds).
Prices are very reasonable and some delicious mint chocolates are given to finish off a finely cooked and served meal.
If choosing from their special group or couples' meals you will need to book at least 24 hours ahead. If you are eating in the evening it is best to make a reservation. Lunch time visits are generally less busy, though table booking is still recommended.
There is an extensive takeaway menu which includes set menus.
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The restaurant and take away is one ground level. There is disabled access and disabled toilets.
Cinnamon Restaurant is owned by Khalis Miah who is also the head chef.
In 2005 Cinnamon was the winner of Aberdeen City's Best Restaurant Award - a well deserved prize.
More awards followed including Best Newcomer prize at the British Curry Awards September 2006.
Contact Address and Telephone Number Of Cinnamon Restaurant
476 Union Street
Tel: (01224) 633328
Website: I think it is www.cinnamonaberdeen.net
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Scottish Curry Awards
In 2009 Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen was awarded the honour of being named the top place in Scotland to enjoy Indian cuisine, an award they also won in 2008. Owner of Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen Khalis Miah, manager Jab Miah and their staff were awarded the Scottish Curry Award title at the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow. It is thought that the judges dined undercover at Cinnamon Aberdeen and enjoyed their burnt green curry and Bangladeshi special chicken. The Scottish Curry Awards is sponsored by top companies in Scotland which include Irn Bru and The Sunday Post. Over 5000 restaurants were nominated by their customers.
Cinnamon Television Advert
Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen have a television advert shown on STV and the model is local lass Amanda Jane Taylor. Read about her and see photos
British Curry Awards 2007
In October 2007 it was announced that Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen made the top 100 of the British Curry Awards 2007. There were only four Scottish restaurants in the top hundred and they were joined by another Aberdonian Tandoori restaurant, the Namza Tandoori restaurant on Bridge Street in Aberdeen city.
Over 3000 restaurants throughout Britain competed for a place in the much coveted top 100 in the British Curry Awards 2007.
Staff from the Cinnmaon Aberdeen, including chef and owner Khalis Miah, attended the British Curry Awards ceremony in London.
British Curry Awards Winner
In October 2008 Cinnamon Restaurant Aberdeen were the British Curry Awards winner for Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Cinnamon team wore kilts to the award presentation which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Cinnamon Aberdeen also won the 2009 British Curry Award which was hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald at Battersea Evolution in London. There were 40,000 public nominations and over 2700 restaurants for the 2009 British Curry Awards.
There is a Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant in London which featured in the 2009 Masterchef program on BBC1. Cinnamon Kitchen specialises in modern Indian cuisine.