Cinnamon Kitchen Play Holi in the City:
It is the festival of colour, the festival of love. And, amazingly good fun as I discovered last year at Cinnamon Kitchen. If you missed Holi in the City last year then you’re in luck. This year it has returned and you can join in the fun at Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square.
The Cinnamon Kitchen special Holi play pen can be booked for half hour sessions. Up to 30 guests dress up in white overalls to protect their clothes from the powdered paint and then spend the next 30 minutes changing each other from white to every colour of the rainbow.
Of course you might not get executive chef Vivek Singh playing with you. But, you’ll definitely have fun. And, if you work up a thirst there are some wonderful colourful cocktails (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) available for £8.00 and a selection of Holi Bites for £2.50-£3.50 a portion.
If you want to indulge in some more substantial food, Cinnamon Kitchen have a special Holi menu on offer for just £30 per person.
I was lucky enough to preview the food as well as watching the fun from the sidelines (I’m recovering from a bad wrist sprain and trying my best not to do anything too silly!).
Our meal started with a choice of lentil stuffed wheat bread with yoghurt, tamarind and pomegranate or the grilled Kentish lamb escalopes with black stone flower and smoked paprika raita that I enjoyed for the tenderness and sweet spicy seasoned meat
My favourite dish, the Jhinga malai curry (king prawns in coconut and cardamom) came with a generous portion of ghee rice and sides of naan and dahl.
Traditional assorted Holi sweets included a wonderful pistachio burfi and fig-semolina halwa.
The whole meal was rounded off with coffee and petit fours.
If you’d like to try for yourself, Holi sessions run from 5th -14th March only. Sessions start at 1pm during the week and finish with the last half hour booking from 7-7.30pm
On Saturdays there are special ‘Little Holi’ events from 12.00-12.30 and from 3-3.30pm. Adult only sessions run for the rest of the afternoon till 6.30pm
Each session is £8 per person or £15 including a cocktail and canapes. What a great way to let off steam and celebrate Holi.