Cafe Spice Namaste

4.5
1702 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fit for Foodies
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Indian
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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
Full catering service available at outdoor venues.
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Cross Street
Mansell Street
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Public Transit
Tower Hill or Aldgate
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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?
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

See availability for 1,000 point tables

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

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 16 July 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 19 June 2018

I promise you this is unlike any curry house you have been to before. Using traditional techniques to local ingredients. For example one of our group had an amazing tandoori Poussin. If you're not sure what you want there is a platter option for the table which is a great way to try a wide range of the food on offer.

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4.0Dined on 18 June 2018

I can’t imagine being in London and and having a meal here. The service is special— warm and friendly staff who want to be sure you have a good experience. I hope to take a cooking class here one day!!!

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Really lovely food, would recommend to friends and work colleagues 😀

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Quite outstanding, the best Indian meal I have had for a very long time. We will definitely be returning the next time we are in Town

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4.0Dined on 21 May 2018

I really enjoyed Cafe Namaste Spice, the flavour combinations were great and the food was creative and different to your standard Indian restaurant. I thought the menu was a bit overly long and would benefit from being shorter. I was surprised by many of the dishes, they have an authentic Indian taste but using ingredients we don't normally associate with Indian cuisine, like game and squid. The restaurant itself could do with a facelift decor wise if they want to compete with the trendy modern Indian restaurants like Dishoom or Kricket. But as far as the food was concerned it was absolutely top notch and I would definitely recommend and go back again.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Very high standard of interesting food as usual. The waiters could smile a bit though!

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4.0Dined on 10 May 2018

Very good Indian menu options including for vegetarians.

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5.0Dined on 9 April 2018

Great service. Took the chef's kitchen option (@40ps). Amuse bouche, three appetizer samples, small soup sample, three mains (fish, chicken, beef) with sides of lentils and mixed vegetables, and three dessert samples. More than enough food and all excellent. Beautifully decorated dining room and well spaced tables.

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Great place

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

We had been planning to go to Cafe Spice Namaste for quite some time, so we used my wife's birthday as an excuse for our family to celebrate there. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and authentic and good value for money - so much better than other Indian restaurants we have been to in London. The hosts Mr & Mrs Todiwala made it all the better by being with the customers and giving personalised attention to everyone. Unusual and most welcome. We will definitely be going back.

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3.0Dined on 2 March 2018

Good food, service a little slow and limited options for vegetarian

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5.0Dined on 16 February 2018

Fabulous Friday night dinner
As ever all the food beautifully spiced -Blackpudding bon boms exeptional

in the past have had the fixed price tasting menu which is excellent value this time had a la carte the price was about the same £50 per head including drinks , great service too

A pity Cyrus was away would have been nice to say hello

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5.0Dined on 15 February 2018

Very interesting menu options, not at all your standard menu. It has a bright decor, but the room is a bit cavernous, so loud. When we arrived, I was surprised that they tried to seat us right be the Ladies room even though there were many tables available. After that the service was great.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

Another excellent meal at Cafe Spice Namaste. We had the set menu which included an interesting selection of game as well as some fish and meat-free options. We love the way the waiter always asks if there is anything from the menu we would like included in the set menu. We chose the haggis Bon bons, a hare curry and a guinea fowl dish that wasn't even on the menu. All absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on 7 February 2018

Excellent food in pleasant surroundings. The set lunch menu represents excellent value. Efficient, unobtrusive service.

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5.0Dined on 3 February 2018

We really enjoyed the whole experience. It was an exceptional meal which all four of us loved. The staff were friendly and attentive and I would heartily recommend it. It wasn't cheap but they used very good cuts of meat so worth the money.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

This was our fourth visit to this restaurant and it wasn't quite as enjoyable as on past occasions. I had phoned to change our booking from three to four the day before, only to be told, on arrival, that I had two bookings, one for three and one for four. I explained the situation, but there was no suggestion that this might have been their mistake and not mine! We were first shown to a huge, round table, which would have made conversation impossible so requested a smaller table that had just become available, which was readily acceded to. I have always found the food exciting and unusual on past visits. My prawn puri is starter was excellent, but I was rather disappointed by my venison tikka, which lacked the succulence of the duck tikka I have had before. To be fair, this may have been due to the nature of venison, obviously leaner in nature than duck but I didn't really feel it lent itself to the tandoor cooking style. Two of my companions chose respectively, a chicken dish and a partridge dish from the seasonal specials. When they arrived, they were virtually identical, the only difference being slices of different meat. Even the waiter commented. As ever, the atmosphere here was lovely for a friends' gathering but on this occasion, maybe through poor choices on our part from the menu, the food failed to sparkle for us. The service, after the initial misunderstanding, was efficient, helpful and friendly.

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4.0Dined on 16 December 2017

A perfect place to enjoy good food in a beautiful setting. The cuisine is creative and uses imaginative fusions of local cuisine and Asian dishes. It is delicious and delightful.

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5.0Dined on 15 December 2017

Excellent experience from start to finish

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4.0Dined on 9 December 2017

Have been going here for years, but food just isn't as tasty as it used to be. They have cards on the tables saying they've reduced salt which is great. But I found basic Indian spices to be lacking.
Prices have also gone up substantially the past couple years. In all rather disappointing given how good it used to be.

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5.0Dined on 8 December 2017

Another excellent meal, Cafe Spice is ideal for quality Indian food with a menu that stays interesting with seasonal changes.

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5.0Dined on 5 December 2017

Really nice Indian food with a few twists. This is not a normal “curry” but so much more.

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5.0Dined on 2 December 2017

The food was excellent and the staff made our group feel very welcome. The food was served at a good pace and we were never rushed. I will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on 24 November 2017

A fabulous tasty meal. Service warm and friendly with just the right amount of attention. Don't miss the wonderful icecreams and Kulfi.

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4.0Dined on 21 November 2017

always love this classy Indian restaurant and this was no exception. 2 of us started with patridge titka just because we have never had partridge tikka before - really good. I had a Goan prawn curry for main course, which was 3 chilli spicy but tasty. Cobra beer, popadoms and a relaxed atmosphere for a chat with friends - what more do you want from a restaurant.

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4.0Dined on 20 November 2017

This is my neighborhood Indian restaurant. They always have interesting specials and have dishes you don’t find everywhere I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 27 October 2017

We loved the use of local produce in the various methods of "Indian" cuisine preferred by the establishment.
The staff were helpful and courteous, we loved our evening

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4.0Dined on 20 October 2017

As good as always although the decor could do with a revamp.

The god though continues to impress.

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5.0Dined on 13 October 2017

Chef Cyrus never ceases to amaze with his recipes! There were several vegetarian choices which s key for our family. Friendly staff too!

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5.0Dined on 29 September 2017

High class Indian food with really interesting menu and great ambience. Huge portions though! Would thoroughly recommend and will go back to try other menu items.

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5.0Dined on 23 September 2017

Amazing food and proffessional service. Everything you would want for a date night

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5.0Dined on 15 September 2017

Café Spice Namaste is a very welcoming restaurant with very friendly and informative servers. Located in the Tower Bridge area of London, it is close to business hotels and the DLR, so access is easy on foot. The menu is authentic Indian but the chef has introduced modern touches that add to the flavor experience. We ordered the chef's choice and were pleasantly surprised by the variety included in each course. We had the choice of spiciness and chose medium which was the perfect amount to get the full Indian experience. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 9 September 2017

We thought the food was fantastic - this was our second visit and it did not disappoint. The food is expensive but delicious.

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5.0Dined on 22 August 2017

This has become our favourite Indian restaurant in London & the UK because it seems to get better each time we visit. Strongly recommend the seasonal dishes that use a variety of ingredients NOT available in most Indian restaurants.
The service is always quick & extremely friendly & we go home with fond memories & very happy.
WELL DONE to Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala & their team!!!!

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5.0Dined on 19 August 2017

Excellent service the food was fantastic. We where both very full afterwards would highly recommend the mixed grill in particular the venison tikka. Good wone selection too

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5.0Dined on 12 August 2017

Always excellent food and this was the case once more. Wonderful mains, fantastic feedback for the pork and a friend and I both had the goat curry not on the main menu - exceptionally nice.

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