Cafe Spice Namaste

4.5
1797 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
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  • Spicy
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Authentic
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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KE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time at Cafe Spice Namaste. Booked table for opening time due to a later engagement. Wish we could have stayed all evening. The food and drinks were excellent and our waiter was exceptionally helpful explaining the menu and the format of the dishes. The traditional Goan food is first rate and the service was timed to our needs.

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DR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb authentic Indian food with excellent friendly service

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MS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Plenty of space beteeen tables not crammed in - light, airy , spacious and comfortable to talk. Staff helpful and the food of good quality . Different types of regional Indian dishes which made for an interesting experience

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J
Leicestershire
55 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I always like this restaurant but the latest tinkering with the menu is not quite to my liking. Gone is the traditional Indian menu, no popadoms for a start, and in its place a small plates, tapas style menu. Which is fine if you want to share, and this time we did quite happily, mixing and matching. But we all had our favourites, which we always have, and it seems a bit silly if the day is coming when I have to order small plates of the same thing to get the main course size portion I know sometimes I will want. So the jury is out on the change in the menu, and I am not entirely convinced.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have a bad experience here! Highly recommend anyone going here, a hidden gem that is worth exploring! More to offer than just a great meal!

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GR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Indian restaurant!! Loved the food and the service was great. The portions are small which I’m not used to when I eat Indian food but everything was delicious so order a lot!!!

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SE
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the service and the extensive menu choice. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed that there was an Indian wine available which went very well with the food.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super ....................................................................................…

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Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from the US every six months or so, we always try to get to Cafe Spice Namaste at least once a year. They always remember us and our preference, are always incredibly welcoming - and, of course, the food is spectacular!

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SH
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat!

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SH
New York Area
341 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for several years and every bite is as hood as the first time! I often come alone when on business and and immediately made to feel like one of the family. This is truly one of the best places for Indian food and comfort at a very reasonable price.

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d
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were very good but we preferred the old menu.

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SL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted with the experience. Brilliant food, ambience and service.

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s
London
99 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

An old favourite which I haven't visited for over 20 years but which is largely unchanged in terms of quirky decor. The menu has moved in the direction of small plates but we enjoyed all those we sampled.
A cut above your bog standard curry house.

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PL
Surrey
12 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.
We will return!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Fabulous food but the place is very cold. If your back is against the windows you will need to wear a jacket. Some heating would have helped.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food! We let the waiter select the food and it was quite the experience. Good humored staff with a great ambiance!

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DB
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just the best place to have a curry in the uk

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Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, very nice staff

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J
Leicestershire
56 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a popular high end Indian restaurant which serves excellent food. I had venison tikka followed by beef xacutie and a side order of Bombay potatoes, I started with popadoms and had 2 bottles of kingfisher. The meal was excellent with great flavours sand service was good. My only issue is that at £55, even with the quality of food, this seemed overpriced. However I will probably go back, just because the food is so good.

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S
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Although the food was good I felt that it could have been better spicing . Menu also bit dated need to take a look at lassan menu (Birmingham) to improve .

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AP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely awesome food and staff made the whole experience very enjoyable. It was lovely to meet our hosts Mr and Mrs Todiwala who took time out of their busy night to talk to us which was fantastic. Can’t wait to go again and would recommend to anyone!

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MV
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special, not your every day restaurant.
Great flavors, nice food.
Best irish coffee in a long time :)

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MS
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu. It was excellent and just kept on coming. Had I known this was the route we were to go, I'd had fasted beforehand to do it justice.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with friends, food was fantastic. Chef Todiwala even came out for a chat and photos!

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c
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent venue, food, service. Our third annual visit and great fun. Loved the chutneys with the excellent papadams.
Many Thanks
Chris Emery
The London Hospital Dental Alumni

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JC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our visit. The food was really tasty and there was far more than we could eat. Sadly we couldn’t take the left overs with us because staying in hotel for weekend.

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SP
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the set taster menu for my friends, but as I am vegetarian I asked what was available for me. They custom made a vegetarian taster menu for me, which was outstanding. Can’t thank them enough. Highly recommend to all.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
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 on 16 February 2019
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
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with a friendly service

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m
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely building but seating was a bit 'school room'
Staff were great, with lots of advice and on hand service
We were charged for too many drinks - nice wine though!
Food was really interesting and tasty

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SS
Manchester
2 reviews
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.

Cafe Spice Namaste
Responded on 12 February 2019

Dear Sir / Madam, Thank you for your feedback which is really important for us in our pursuit for continuous improvement. We are sorry to read that you had an underwhelming dining experience. Would you please be kind enough to send us a copy of your bill to help us investigate where we may have faltered? We are particularly concerned as most other diner reviews have been positive. Kindly get in touch with us on info@cafespice.co.uk Thank you!

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AC
London
2 reviews
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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