Following on from the results announced in the 2012 Scottish Curry Awards, we have received the following article that looks at Aberdeen’s Cinnamon Restaurant in more detail.
The 2012 hungryhouse Scottish Curry Awards took place back in June and showcased some of the finest Indian cuisine in the country. One of the winners was Cinnamon restaurant in Aberdeen which won ‘best restaurant’ in the north-east regional category. Hungryhouse grabbed an interview with Mr Jab Miah from Cinnamon to get some of the back story on the restaurant.
Since opening in 2005, the restaurant has gained a reputation for their Indian fusion cuisine. Describing this type of Indian food as “Indian Novelle cuisine”, Mr Miah explains that “we tend to use flavours that go back to our roots (Bangladeshi, Indian and Nepalese) which are then infused with local produce such as Scottish salmon, trout, king scallops, venison, pheasant and rabbit and much more.”
Mr Miah goes on to say “Food has always been a passionate subject to us. We delight in the preparation of it, the presentation of it and of course partaking in eating it. In our kitchen the team revel day and night cutting and chopping, boiling and baking, stirring and shaking to come up with new creation dishes on which we can put our trade mark. After the weeks and months of re-creating dishes you eventually get the flavours that you can work with and keep.”
This can be seen with their latest innovative menu creation ‘Indian tapas’ as well as their plans to introduce Rogon Josh Roast Pot Cooked Poussin to the menu. This dish has been the result of months of experimentation to ensure the recipe is exactly right. Combining a classic Rogan Josh recipe with their specially-made marinade sounds like a mouth-watering prospect is in store for customers.
So how did the restaurant celebrate the Curry Awards accolade? Well naturally they threw a big party inviting all of their customers to sample their newly launched menu, as well as hosting a fashion show that was supported by many of the other local businesses. Live jazz, cocktail mixing, wine tasting, whisky tasting and a sic-course banquette were all part of the course.
In addition to their excellent menu, the restaurant is also heavily involved in their community, both at home and abroad, through the running of their registered Scottish charity. The Shomi Miah Memorial Fund has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Meningitus UK as well as helping the poor in Bangladesh. The restaurant has also just founded the Shomi Miah Education Trust, which has provided one-year scholarships for 165 children aged 6 to 21, enabling the children to gain access to valuable education and medical facilities.