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Reasons To Attend High Chai At Cinnamon Soho
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Reasons To Attend High Chai At Cinnamon Soho

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Updated: 9 December 2016
While there are few things finer than English afternoon tea, chef Vivek Singh of Mayfair’s Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen brings a beautiful blend of East-meets-West flavors to Cinnamon Soho. Here are the key reasons why you should head here for High Chai instead of high tea.

It’s High Chai

Whether your preference is builders, Earl Grey, chamomile or green, Indian tea, or chai, plays in a league all its own. While Cinnamon Soho does offer the usual tea staples, we highly recommend you try the masala chai, best with some milk and a cube of sugar. It is heavier than a lot of English teas, but its richness is what gives it that sweet, fragrant, comforting feel, like a velvety blanket on a rainy day. Some say tea is like a hug in a cup, and from the very first warm sip here in Soho, we can already feel India welcoming us in. For those looking to add some glamor and bubbles to the meal, go for the signature cinnamon Bellini cocktail, for an extra £5 per person. The combination is aromatic and refreshing, and makes for the perfect appetizer while you wait.

Food Selection

What sets High Chai apart from regular high tea is the wondrous way in which modern Anglo-Indian flavors create a tasty twist on a British tradition. There are both savory and sweet components, from a tandoori chicken and chutney sandwich to the spiced scones and garam masala cake. The flavors are reminiscent of traditional teatime favorites, but have an exciting, exotic spin to them. We love the bhangra lamb slider and bangla scotch egg, especially combined with the pungent red and green sauces and relish with which they are accompanied. The selection is a welcoming stepping stone for those new to Indian cuisine, and a warm reminder of why you fell in love with the cuisine, for those who know it well.

Presentation

There is something elegant and sophisticated about the presentation of high tea, and High Chai is no exception to this. Presented on a traditional three-tiered cake stand, there is high-tea majesty to the way in which the rich apple and fennel chutney, the Bombay potato and the juicy Bhangra burger sit on each of their respective levels.

Location

There are few postcodes cooler in London than Soho. Located conveniently close to Carnaby Street and Regent Street, Cinnamon Soho’s location offers a sweet break for shoppers, tourists, foodies and fashionistas.

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Price

Contrary to many high teas in London, Cinnamon Soho offers their High Chai menu at a tasty £20 for two people, and offers great value for the price. The meal is filling yet not overwhelming, and for those yearning for more, there is always the option of ordering from the regular menu.

High Chai is served Monday-Saturday 3-5.30 pm, and Sunday 2-4 pm

5 Kingly street | London W1B 5PF | T: 0207 437 1664