Cafe Spice Namaste

4.4
1738 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
More than a restaurant, a culinary institution, Café Spice Namasté is Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s celebrated landmark Indian restaurant, a short stroll from the Tower of London. For over twenty three 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.

Indeed, for twenty-three years, Cyrus & Pervin Todiwala and the team have enjoyed recognition from critics and customers alike for Café Spice Namasté’s fine food and service. We are also the recognised pioneers in sustainability, winning the award for Leadership in Sustainability and Sustainable Food from the Corporation of London. We enjoy a Three-Star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Our extensive menus offer a contemporary, some would say extraordinary, twist on traditional dishes from Goa, North India, Hyderabad, Kashmir and other Indian sub-continents.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Indian, Persian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: 12:00PM-3:00PM

Dinner: Monday-Friday 6:15PM-10:30PM,
Saturday 6:30PM-10:30PM
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Phone number
020 7488 9242
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Cyrus Todiwala OBE
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Private Party Facilities
Can accommodate up to 140 at the restaurant
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Private Party Contact
Binay Aryal : 020 7488 9242
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Catering
We are glad to inform you that you can now hire the talents of Cyrus Todiwala OBE and his team from Café Spice Namaste to ensure any private event, whether a family birthday, anniversary or your wedding, is truly enjoyable. As well as our renowned expertise in serving award-winning, authentic Indian cuisine, the Café Spice Namaste team is also experienced in Thai, Modern European and Continental catering. our dedicated team will work with you on every detail to make your celebration ideas become a reality. Tailor made menus will be prepared to suit your requirements and budget. We will sit down with you to plan your perfect party. Whether your requirements are for a standing buffet, table or silver service, we will create a bespoke wedding package specific to the couple’s requirements and also offer complete event management. We will arrange the staff and tailor the service procedures to ensure that your event runs smoothly.
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Cross Street
Mansell Street
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Parking Details
Parking after 5:30 pm is free on resident parking and single yellow in surrounding streets.
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Public Transit
We’re in a large, historic Grade-II Listed building a short stroll from Aldgate East or Aldgate or Tower Hill tube station. From Aldgate East, look for Lemon Street exit, once you are on Lemon Street, walk straight ahead and take third right, you will see us on the left at about 100 yards away.T: 02074889242 www.cafespice.co.uk
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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.
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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?
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 1738 People Are Saying
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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here several times and never disappointed. Lovely food and attentive staff. Not cheap but, much better, it's good. Recommended.

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L
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, slightly different options and tastes but thoroughly enjoyed it. Great starter of duck sausages which were quite spicy and then had lamb shank bhuna which was lovely. Traditional Indian dessert too. Unusual I’m that it was like a big dining hall with high ceilings but was quirky and the food was great

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Firm favorite with us. Traditional food with modern and seasonal updates. The service is exceptional.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is utterly amazing. The best in London. Not only Indian the best in London, but the best in London

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made to feel very welcome, great service and food was fantastic.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! My second time visiting Cafe Spice Namaste and definitely not the last time. Best Indian food in London and great service.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant food was very poor and expensive with below average portions. The waiters looked uninterested when asked for recommendations
I have eaten much better Indian food in the provinces.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come here reasonably often for lunch and dinner on this occasion was no less excellent than usual. Superb service, terrific food (with a creative and ever-rotating seasonal menu) and a lovably quirky atmosphere.

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GA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food tase is lovely and different to normal Indian restaurants we noramaly visit.
Good location and good atmophere. A bit cold but it was a cold day when we were there.

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M
London
121 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, a great selection of fabulous food, and the restaurant was packed. The dishes could have been a little warmer but it was fine.

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H
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only Indian restaurant we go to since discovering! Quality ingredients; authentic Parsee take on the usual Indian fare; welcoming staff it's food ethics who don't ask but insist we go back! A genuine find; not overly expensive but a real foodie experience (Ostrich Bhuna; Venison or Duck Tikka (or both!) anyone?) that if even you think you 'know' Indian cuisine you really shouldn't miss.

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OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was delicious, the service excellent, and the overall experience to be recommended. We’ve been visiting this restaurant for almost 20 years, and we’ve never had a bad meal here.

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G
London
170 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit of a classic although I've not been for many years before this occasion. Interesting cooking with some unusual dishes especially the seasonal game dishes served in an interesting environment. Service is good and efficient, and the food was enjoyed by my party. Flavors are good with food on the whole rich and with good quality ingredients.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing a lovely relaxed atmosphere would definitely recommend

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OT
Fayetteville
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here, it had been 3 years since I was in London but it did not let us down. Great food great service and fantastic host.

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We were a party of 6 on a gutsy visit do we de ides yo have the £40 taster menu. We all agreed it read better on paper than tasted in the plate !!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Well worth a visit, the kitchen Menu was a good option to have a taster of the menu. Just beware of the £5 bottle or water.

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G
Cornwall
24 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow - especially when waiting for the mains. Food was good but I was a little underwhelmed given some of the glowing reviews. Cocktails to begin with were distinctly average and they still use plastic straws.

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ED
London
13 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu supplemented by seasonal specials. Warm friendly service. Loved it.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Maybe the beat Indian in London.

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SG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BRILLIANT whether for lunch or dinner. My visit was lunchtime.

Instantly appealing on the eye, the grade II listed building has a very interesting history and is delightfully decorated.

The menu uses top quality ingredients in putting each dish together. It needs some studying before deciding which of the many appealing dishes to choose.

The taste comes across in a clean and distinct manner.

Service was impeccable, as was the food. The takeaway thalis were a wonderful evening meal, too.

Can’t wait to return.

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Indian Restaurant in Town !! When in London I always try to have diner at this restaurant. Great flavours, friendly staff and value for money.

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KK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was served promptly and was fresh and delicious. The staff was very attentive and helpful with choosing from the menu. We enjoyed our meal thoroughly!

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good choice on the chefs menu, great value lovely food good quality and cooked perfectly, very filling so watch out!

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S
Hertfordshire
70 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply sensational Indian cuisine. First class from the poppadoms and throughout.

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JM
London
24 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great as always - food is above the standard of the typical Indian and suitably interesting.
Friendly service with a good price to match.

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SH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had tasting menu for lunch, very nice food served at a reasonable pace. Restaurant was quiet so good for conversation.

Will definitely visit again.

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SH
New York Area
290 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I make it a point to eat here every time I am in London. Fantastic food and the warmest host you will find.
See you soon. I can’t wait to try recipes fans spices I bought.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, excellent food and a good all round experience. Would recommend highly.

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d
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is possibly the best Indian restaurant I have visited. Food is a unique experience with vibrant spices based on the regional dishes of the owner but with a British seasonal nod. Will definitely be back.

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ME
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Ok- but expected more. Reasonable price for the city ‘suppose. Odd atmosphere- like dining in a community center

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l
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Bombay Parsee and Goan food! I took my mom who grew up in Bombay, and we are originally from Goa so we are familiar with the real dishes and flavors. The service was also excellent, the atmosphere comfortable and we are already looking forward to our next visit. Thank you!

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good curry and services! I would like to go back again

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DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this restaurant while searching on Opentable. My boyfriend and I loved it! We had the tasting menu and it was amazing. So much food for such great value!

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O
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

There are several other great Indian restaurants in London that would offer better value and quality. The service was very good and the staff try to give a pleasant experience but the food was just bland and very underwhelming. I would not go back, nor would I recommend it.

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DC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and ambiance is still very good at this restaurant as is the service. A big plus is no music if you want to have some good conversation over dinner. However, the food has become somewhat bland. We had the mixed grill which used to comprise of lamb chops and sheek kebabs with a good level of spicing. It now comes like a tasting dish with bite size pieces of meat and fish and very underspiced. So food sadly was disappointing compared to when we last went several years ago.

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SH
New York Area
290 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Can’t have anything but a good meal here with amazing service.

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AT
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always well looked after when I come here. Food quality is fantastic and good value.

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E
London
38 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A very enjoyable evening. My nephew was most impressed to see Cyrus walking around the tables, added to his birthday treat.

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