Cafe Spice Namaste

4.4
1786 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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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
98 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
8 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
54 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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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
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with a friendly service

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m
London
4 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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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.

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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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
9 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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New York Area
2 reviews
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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