Cafe Spice Namaste

4.4
1766 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
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  • Spicy
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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 four 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.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Une cuisine très délicate où les parfums et arômes se révèlent, sans excès. Un vrai plaisir.

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S
London
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome all round - but then it always is. Cyrus was there too and always willing to chat.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with a friendly service

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OT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food. A little bit pricey.

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s
London
11 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly tasty food, great service, aromatic and generous portion sizes

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ID
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, brilliant service and good value for money. You always have an excellent dinning experience. Couldn't ask for more, unless they could move a little closer to where we live that is.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Really underwhelming, food lacks flavour and it’s completely over priced. There are many much more better value restaurants in London. 2 courses and 2 drinks each - £95.
Service okay, decor very mid 90’s.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb food it is the best Indian meal I have ever eaten and it is always this good

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BW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing love it can't wait to re visit 😊😊😊😊😊😊😚

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PA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most fabulous time on Saturday. Great atmosphere, attentive staff and of course the food was excellent. The whole evening was topped of by Mr and Mrs T both spending time talking to us, which for some of our party who were first time visitors, really was an unexpected bonus!

Can’t wait to return.

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RK
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to disappoint, food is outstanding and away from the normal Indian menu of Chikken Tikka Masala and Onion Bhajis, authentic spicing, if you like Indian food you will love this place

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N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Really disappointing considering the reputation and the Owner No atmosphere, indifferent service - the place feels like somewhere from the 50s' The food was awful especially the squid which was inedible and the mains were just gloop

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AT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming here now for a number of years. Food is always stunning and Cyrus and Pervin always make you feel welcome. One of may favourite places to eat.

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D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was great. Would definitely recommend the good but it was very pricey!

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f
Stuttgart Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was quick and friendly. Thali was excellent with choice of dishes. Prawn curry and naan bread were really fantastic.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional as always. Food diverse and a delight to the palate

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a delightful restaurant with an intriguing menu, comfortable surroundings and great service. This is like no other "Indian restaurant" and definitely worth a visit.

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EC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food never falls below a very high standard. And the staff have been here for years and are wonderfully welcoming. What other restaurant attracts so many loyal customers in such an out- of- the-way location ?

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very average Indian not what we were expecting.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I've been wanting to visit Cafe Spice Namaste for a number of years now and finally got to go this week. I've been to Cyrus Todiwala's restaurant in the the Hilton near Heathrow Airport and found the food there fine, but wanted to visit the original restaurant. Unfortunately, the experience was disappointing. It's not that it was bad - it just wasn't as good as the Heathrow Hilton restaurant or the press and reviews I'd read.
Starters were fine, but not that different from any other Indian restaurant. Mains were uninspiring - my Beef Xacutti was described as one of 'the most exotic and aromatic Curries of the world', but it was overcooked and dried-up; my girlfriend's Malabar Chicken Curry was described as "rolled boned leg of chicken simmered in a rich red curry enhanced with toasted coconut", but looked like pieces of chicken breast in a dark brown gravy with no taste of coconut. The range of vegetable sides and breads were all very limiting e.g. no Parathas, only one Daal (Tadhka) etc.
My girlfriend and I are both fortunate enough to travel regularly to India, and often to Mumbai, so we were expecting to eat a meal similar to one we could find there i.e. a true taste of Indian cuisine, not the version that gets served on the British High Street. This isn't it unfortunately.
That disappointment aside, the staff were all pleasant enough, and the venue is fine but in need of a revamp as the room looks really dated.
We wouldn't go back.

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H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This fabulous place is a regular go-to for us. Inventive Parsee cuisine; well sourced produce from reputed suppliers. Love the variety of the Tikkas! We are all low-carbers (like Paleo but without any sugar or high carb veg) thoroughly enjoyed!

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Spice. The food was very good. The price is quite high, but the quality and service were excellent, and the menu explains that the ingredients are carefully sourced and thus expensive.

The poori we shared to start were delightful; I wished I'd ordered a whole portion for myself. The pork vindaloo was also very good but the meat a tiny little bit chewy. The rose water sherbet was very sweet but unexpectedly delicious and I was glad to have an interesting alcohol-free drink.

The service was efficient and unobtrusive, really a masterclass in understated good service.

I would have given a 5 if not for the fact that the restaurant was a little chilly, and the portions (of rice in particular) were a little on the small side for me.

We'll definitely be back though!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating double Birthday !!
Enjoyed the food , service
Surprised when they brought us a cake for the occasion at the end

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H
London
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to for wonderfully individual Parsee inspired cuisine made with care love the Tikka tasting plate as a shared starter (& its a revelation in terms of how very different each element is spiced). Its is the only place we know that has Venison Tikka as a mainstay on the menu & The Specials board always has that something differently delicious on offer! Worth noting - they also offer an Argentinian Malbec that sits perfectly with the cuisine profile.

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s
London
22 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I've been meaning to go for a long time - and now I've finally been I'm so pleased. Food was amazing. Great flavours from across the Indian Subcontinent, with interesting use of ingredients you wouldn't expect.

Service was friendly. We got help in making our selections. A group of nine of us and we all enjoyed the meal. Each and every one of us will be recommending the place to our friends and will be coming back.

Thank you!

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SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavours for everyone, even my picky vegan partner!

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food as always and the menu is one of my favourites supplemented by a very good range of changing specials. Service also consistently good.

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NS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
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 on 15 December 2018
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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RW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food! Enjoyed the variety of small plates and the food was innovative and perfectly spiced. The service was polite and friendly...as always! One of the best Indian restaurants in Central London.

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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
125 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
11 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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