Cafe Spice Namaste

4.4
1712 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • 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 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 1712 People Are Saying
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JM
London
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
2 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
279 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
25 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
279 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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TJ
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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SH
New York Area
279 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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SB
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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S
London
17 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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SK
London
148 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good Indian menu options including for vegetarians.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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r
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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LM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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A
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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

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J
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CK
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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c
London
12 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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l
London
99 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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LR
London
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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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PM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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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TP
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience from start to finish

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a
London
36 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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J
Leicestershire
53 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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MK
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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