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Cafe Spice Namaste
Cafe Spice Namaste

Cafe Spice Namaste Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafespice.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 488 9242
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 12:00PM-3:00PM

    Dinner: Monday-Friday 6:15PM-10:30PM,
    Saturday 6:30PM-10:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Indian
  • Executive Chef: Cyrus Todiwala OBE
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Full catering service available at outdoor venues.
  • Private Party Facilities: Can accommodate up to 140 at the restaurant
  • Private Party Contact: Binay Aryal 0207 488 9242
  • Entertainment: Home to Adventure Gourmet@Cafe Spice Namaste, open courses for both neophyte and expert cooks and all discerning food lovers, featuring a revolving door of the UK's top chefs.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Cafe Spice Namaste caters for private parties and events, including weddings, charity functions, birthdays.Why not book a Chef Demonstration or Master Class with Cyrus as a special treat for you and your guests? Or a sizzling evening in our Ginger Garden?

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mansell Street
  • Public Transit: Tower Hill or Aldgate
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Spice Namaste
More than a restaurant, a culinary institution, Café Spice Namaste is Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s celebrated landmark Indian restaurant, a short stroll from the Tower of London. For over seventeen years, we’ve been welcoming guests from all over the world who come to enjoy Chef Cyrus’ delightfully original cooking and our warm, personable service in this pocket of historic London.

Our extensive menus offer a contemporary, some would say extraordinary, twist on traditional dishes from Goa, North India, Hyderabad and Kashmir. Using only the best of local British produce wherever possible, and always the freshest seasonal ingredients, we cook and serve you with pride and integrity.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood Vegetarian Options
Diner Reviews
  • "I visited this restaurant on a visit to see my Son who lives in London. This is a must if you are a fan of Indian Food. The atmosphere is relaxed and informal. The food is the best I have tasted and the staff were attentive without going over the top. Really good experience topped off by the visit of the owner to say hi. Then the bill arrived which was half of what I expected it to be. What a great evening out."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We went here for a birthday meal...food was outstanding I cannot recommend it enough! Everyone needs to try Cafe Spice"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "Quiet simply - the best Indian meal I have ever had food was exceptional coupled with top customer service will definitely be going back!"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant because I was entertaining a veggie, and we both love curry. The menu is varied and interesting though shorter than your average curry house. There were some quite unusual dishes and everything was delicious. It's a bit of a bleak location with nothing else around, and the place is a bit lofty and still for a good atmosphere, but this is still a good option for a business lunch or dinner as it is quiet enough for a good chat. Perhaps the ambience is better on the weekends. My only other issue was that the chilli ratings of the dishes seem a little off. I had the pork vindalho which was delicious but barely warranted its two chillis. Otherwise no complaints and I would definitely return."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "I've wanted to taste some of the food here as always looks great when I see Cyrus cooking on the TV so couldn't believe my luck when found this was just round the corner from our hotel. Having read the reviews thought we were going to be in for some fantastic food alas I was wrong. I chose a lamb dish for main that said was slow cooked and enffused with 21 spices but tasted like a lamb steak that had just been fried with spicy gravy on top not the taste extravaganza I was expecting. Wife's chicken dish wasn't much better, best tasting bits where the chutneys for the popadoms and the paswari naan."
    dined on 24/07/2014
  • "Fantastic environment and fantastic food for a casual Business dinner! But there weren't enough Servers because it took repeated attempts to order drinks & main meal. This was not a fault of the Server - he was doing his best - this was a management issue for not having adequate servers scheduled for the evening. If the service had been better, I would very likely have rated the overall experience as "Very Good" or even "Outstanding.""
    dined on 21/07/2014
  • "Fantastic authentic Goan and Indian food, locally sourced ingredients, excellent service from friendly staff. The menu includes favourites such as lamb, chicken, beef and fish but also has duck and ostrich as well as a broad range of vegetarian options. I have been coming to Cafe Spice for several years now and the food just gets better every time. We have also dined at Mr Tdiwalas Kitchen at Heathrow Terminal 5 Hiltin and Assado near Waterloo, both run by Cyrus Todiwala and the food is just as good. Would definitely recommend Cafe Spice to anyone who likes well prepared, nicely spiced food."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely evening, excellent food and friendly service. We shared a platter to start with and everything on the plate was delicious and with its own unique taste. Our mains were lovely too and you can really taste the different spices unlike some Indian food when it looks and tastes the same!"
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "Excellent food especially the Dosa starter , in a chilled atmosphere, excellent waiting staff."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "A very enjoyable meal, friendly, but professional service with great atmosphere. We were a party of 5 and everyone stated how good the meal was. I will definitely return with friends and family."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "I last went to Cafe Spice Namaste shortly after it opened almost 20 years' ago. As it was just opposite the hotel I was staying in last week, I thought I would revisit, but was fully prepared for it to be a disappointment, as so many restaurants in London tend to lose their spark after their initial brilliance. I needn't have worried. Maybe it's because Cyrus Todiwala continues to be a dominant presence - coming out half way through the sitting to greet some regulars. His wife Pervin runs the front of house, and it was great to be greeted so warmly, even though I was a woman dining on my own."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "We return whenever we can find an excuse to visit London. Every time exceeds the last."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Brilliant food. Brilliant service. Brilliant ambience. Brilliant flexibility of Front of House to our changing party size. Brilliant business jacket worn by Pervin Todiwala whilst taking our orders in a firm, no-nonsense, but always reassuringly friendly manner. Brilliant patience shown by young dashing waiter at our increasingly tiresome demands. Brilliant night out with a lovely bunch of people. Brilliant."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "We were made to feel very welcome. Staff couldn't do enough for us. Food was amazing. Tandoori starter recommended! Would defiantly go there again."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "First time at the Cafe Namaste, and booked it at the last minute as I was on business in the area, but the reviews looked good so gave it a whirl... Food was exceptional, and quite unlike majority of indian restuarants; the starter was amazing, and the mains that followed confirmed that this is a 'must visit' restaurant for anyone who likes good food. Ambience is a little different than your usual restaurant too - spacious and airy, with somewat quirk decor, but I liked it. The service was impeccable too; never intrusive, always polite and helpful, and we didn't have to wait for anything. Am certainly going back again."
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "really recommend this restaurant, it is a bit out of the way and off the beaten track but went for the first time and was really impressed by the quality of the food. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for. Only gripe was the poppadom and chutneys feel expensive, otherwise very good indeed."
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "After watching Master chief I decided to book a table for my husband and I and our two teenagers. The staff were helpful answering any questions we had. The food was delicious. We all had something different. Our only regret was that we were too full to have a dessert! We will defiantly go back again."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "The food was very tasty and the service was great. Highly recommend if you want indian food that is a bit different from the usual takeaway indian food."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "I would describe the meal as an excellent Indian meal rather than "going for a curry" The entire dinning experience was so different when compared to standard "curry houses" I had Ostrich and my wife had Lamb, both cuts of meat were like steaks rather than small pieces of meat. The two meals were served on plates, rather than the customary serving dishes. I chose beetroot samosas for a starter - they were excellent, but I felt that I had made a poor choice when compared to other starters on other tables, (including my wife's) The service was excellent - more expensive than a high street "Indian" but by far, superior quality food/cooking/presentation I would not have any hesitation in recommending this restaurant."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Top marks all round from the moment we entered the restaurant to the moment we left, it was truly amazing, the staff were all excellent and kind and Mr and Mrs Todiwala were so lovely and accomodating. The blend of spices in the food was done to perfection and and was the most tastiest Indian cusine I have ever tasted, hands down! We will be back!"
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Well worth a return visit, this was our first visit, it won't be our last. A unique ambience, a welcome mix of clientèle, and helpful staff, all go together to make for a pleasurable eating experience where you are not afraid to laugh too loud or ask silly questions. The food is superb, and it is so nice to have a menu which uses good ingredients (because they are good), rather than just using the formulaic norms."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Very good choice, good service and the food is excellent quality. I've seen some reviews where people have complained about the decor (it has an Indian colour scheme) and said that the food was plain - I'm not sure what these people were looking for??!! Well worth it and you will get change out of £100 as long as you don't go overboard on the drinks :-)"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "We are so used to the run of the mill indian cuisine in the UK that is is a delight when we are made aware of how good it really can be when it is treated with care and respect. The flavours are familiar as you would expect but better every time and sometimes surprising too, there are many things on the menu that you will not have heard of or tasted before. Well worth a visit and revisiting as the combination of informality and quality is not at all intimidating and it actually would be good value for money outside of London let alone. Try the salty lemonade if your a non drinker, you will me making it at home!"
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "fantastic food, the waiters were lovely with the kids, and the birthday candle was very dramatic! Will come again."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Such a lovely little place and the food was fantastic. I've never had a nicer chicken tikka. Honestly this is one of the best Indian restaurants in London, if not the best."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "A lovely evening. The food was superb and the service excellent."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "Lovely food and fantastic service. We had our two year old son with us. They were very attentive not just to us but with him also. Some restaurants we go to can make you feel very unwelcome if you have a small child with you."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "A very good choice of dishes on the menu, we found it difficult to decide but when we did, we were not disappointed. An excellent meal."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Parents were really looking forward to eating here, however, their high expectations were totally trashed to a mediocre experience. No compliant about the service although when the food arrived it was not hot."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "I think my expectations were too high thinking this might be the staggeringly good as this man has been on TV so many times. I have local Indian restaurants out of town that can come close at half the price"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "At short notice we booked lunch after seeing this restaurant on celebrity masterchef.It certainly lived up to our expectations.The decor is quite rustic,the service is excellent and food is served promptly if you are short on time like we were.We thought it a little pricey(esp the mains)but well worth a visit.The kulfis are a must(delicious and made on the premises) and try the chutneys as they are really good.We'll most certainly be back again."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Dined here last Thursday evening 19/6. Due to mostly very positive reviews I had expected more. The quality of the food was good but there was something missing. It was not the servicemindedness of the staff and there willingness to please. May be the ambience and intimacy? I had just expected more."
    dined on 19/06/2014
  • "This is far from a High Street curry. Cyrus is a genius and an inspiration and he, his wife and staff (some of whom have been working here with smiles on their faces for many years) create a warm atmosphere. There's a sense that the people who take the trouble to divert from the beaten track to Prescot Street know what they're doing."
    dined on 17/06/2014
  • "We had friends visiting and decided to take them to Cafe Spice Namaste and, as ever, we weren't disappointed. The food is excellent - very interesting and different dishes with amazing flavours and spicing. The service is very good too - will go again."
    dined on 16/06/2014
  • "We had come down from newcastle for the cricket. Was really looking forward to this dinner and did not disappoint. There were Indian people dining, a good sign and the service and food from start to finish was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend it. Having been to indian, I recommend the Dosa and also the nan breads. I had the special pork which was meltingly delicious and just how it had been described on the menu. My husband had the halibut which was not overpowered by the spices. I would go again."
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "I live in Durham and took my friend to Cafe Spice Namaste as a special birthday treat. The food and service were both absolutely superb, but the "icing on the cake" was to meet Cyrus. What a delightful chap, he was so charming! When I explained it was my friends birthday, he happily had his photograph taken with her and kindly sent us complimentary desserts - which were delicious :) This Indian food "par excellence" and we'll definitely return"
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "What a find! Came here by accident when looking for somewhere nearby and loved it. The interior decor and location might make you wonder if you have chosen a good place, but it is well worth it. We will return"
    dined on 11/06/2014
  • "I have been to Cafe Spice Namaste several times now and I love the different dishes. Lots of flavors and I like that the owner sources their meat responsibly. Highly recommend this restaurant. It might take you a little while to go through menu as lots of unusual dishes."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Unattentive staff, lacked in atmosphere, food was ok but nothing special "
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "We booked Cafe Spice Namaste for my husband's birthday celebration ... and it did not disappoint! The food was inventive and delicious - the portions were just the right size ... A bonus was that Cyrus and his lovely wife Pervin came out to say hallo!! What a charming couple ... what a great restaurant ... Indian food at it's best!"
    dined on 05/06/2014