Everybody knows that it’s considered kewl to pointlessly misspell wurdz. In fact, as a rule, Chris Porter does not deal with any establishment that does not have at least one misplaced letter in its name. Lucky then for the newly opened Sinnamon on Stranmillis Road, Belfast because that is one box that it ticks.
As always is the case just before entering a brand new cafe, we were a bit tentative. This time though, there was something else, something that Porter was the first to notice. I looked at the bright pink sign, the pink walls inside the cafe, the red flowers decorating the service counter, and the current clientele that consisted solely of men – and thought that yes, it does look quite gay.
Sinnamon has a few things that make it stand out. The first is the need to pay for your stuff before you sit down. It was quite nice to be able to sit down and enjoy your coffee, without the need to pay at the end lurking in your mind. Although, I can’t see this system helping the staff with their tips. There was also free wifi, much to Burr and his iPhone’s delight.
The service was absolutely excellent; we really could not fault it. It was quick too; I was surprised to find that my soup had already arrived when I returned from my pre-emptive piss. It is because of all these positives that it is such a shame that their food and drink was so distinctly average.
Part 1 – Inside Sinnamon.
My broccoli and cauliflower soup could definitely have been creamier, and maybe it’s because I’ve been away for three months, but the wheaten bread did not taste like wheaten bread.
I thought the Chrises were being very kind in their comments on the cookies. I tried a bit and thought it was pretty horrendous.
Perhaps it was the thought of facing the cold, cold night outside; perhaps it was the comfortable sofas and nap-time lighting; or perhaps it was the naked men dancing at our table, but there was something that prevented us from ever wanting to leave. As you will soon see, this played a big part in Burr’s final decision on the score.
Part 2 – The verdict + Burr invents a new word.