Cafe Spice Namaste

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1818 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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Pan-Asian
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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SteveRaz
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed and after a brief chat seated in an hour excellent area of the restaurant. A few questions to the waiter and some very helpful advice and off we went. The food was nothing short of outstanding and the presentation of interlocking crockery made evening of sharing. I would highly recommend and will be visiting again when next in the area.

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vipchad
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely tasty curry!

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vipHeenaP
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Whilst the staff were super friendly and helpful, I felt somewhat disappointed with most of the dishes we tried. We had the Cafe Spice Namaste Special sharing platter to start with but most of the items lacked flavour and had no real hit. We then had the paneer tikka, duck sausages with spicy mash, butter chicken and another spicy chicken dish but again, none of them made an impression except the duck sausages & mash - that was lovely. The meal came to just over £100 which seemed ok considering the number of dishes we had along with 2 beers and 2 mango lassis. Cyrus also made an appearance from the kitchen and visited a couple of tables (not ours) but to be honest, I couldn’t see why this restaurant has been awarded the Michelin BIB Gourmand award, sorry!

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Hillibee
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is our go-to Indian - unsurpassed quality & inventive. We love the new menu & had a fabulous meal for my husband's birthday including some specials - like the venison shank which was truly superb!

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vipDBEC1
London
41 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

It saddens me to write this, but the rating is low due to having to wait over a hour from ordering to getting food. If a restaurant knows it will be busy on a Saturday, then maybe it would be better not to book or take every table at the same time.

Overall, The prices are very reasonable and our waiter was affable and charming.

The food (both omni and veggie) was superb - the kitchen uses multitude more complex spices than many other venues.

We also liked the small plates concept which when added to a thali means a lot of small tasty dishes and avoids the ‘too much rice’ syndrome of many places. (And also means a wonderful range of flavours). Well done for that!

However, ordering at 19h10 and not getting any food (except popadoms) until over a hour later was a real deal breaker. We loved the food, and the waiters were good, but the long long wait was painful, and the space in itself is not that charming (for that kind of wait).

One tip: nearby Monories car park is £3.50 all night on weekend evenings.

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DianaM
West Sussex
19 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service and delicious food

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Chris
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, the brussel sprouts were impressive, but very pricy. A naan bread for£5?

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vipGemstone
London
136 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Different and enjoyable culinary experience. Old school dining room, new school menu.

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vipAmandaB
London
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Actually felt like we were in India ! Except the food was fabulous. !

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GigitheBunny
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing creative food, lovely service. A wonderful evening.

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StefanO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipmjfk
London
28 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

A fantastic night, the restaurant spoiled us on our first anniversary.

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vipGary
London
181 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second visit and again a very good experience. Imaginative indian cooking using some interesting ingredients.

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vipMark
London
132 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As ever cafe spice has exceptionally tasty food, great service a cold beer! What else can a man hope for!

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Amber
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food menu was varied enough. Portions were small. Was tasty though and staff were lovely

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cathy2
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another lovely meal at Cafe Spice Namaste. We had the Kitchen Menu because we always struggle to choose from menu. It which was more than enough food and it was all delicious. It's a good opportunity to be introduced to some new tastes and flavours. It's also a good mix of different dishes. I've marked ambiance down slightly only because the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived. It filled up later and had a much better atmosphere.

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dougve
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always excellent and seasonal specials a real treat. Great staff with the knowledge to explain the dishes

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RoryG
Fayetteville
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the team at Cafe Spice produce exceptional food in really comfortable Sutton Dinh with just the right level of service.

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martini
London
26 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. We tried the vegetarian sample menu and it was very good. The service was excellent as well. Highly recommend it for foodies.

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TonyB440
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Have been a regular customer for over 20 years and NEVER disappoints. Great food, warm welcome, excellent service.... Go for the tasting menus, Kitchen or Gourmet and enjoy the journey!

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stephenodonnell
London
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great night out with fantastic food.

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KEVINE
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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DerekR
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb authentic Indian food with excellent friendly service

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vipMrSpotlight
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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Jayz
Leicestershire
55 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipEllaR
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipSueE
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Nathalie
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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SimonC
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipSharonH
New York Area
394 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat!

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vipSharonH
New York Area
394 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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davidk
London
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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SamLovesFood
London
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipsuperspanker
London
100 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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vipPrasannaL
Surrey
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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DarrenB
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best place to have a curry in the uk

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OpenTable Diner
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, very nice staff

FAQs

Cafe Spice Namaste offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7488 9242.

Cafe Spice Namaste is rated 4.5 stars by 1818 OpenTable diners.

Cafe Spice Namaste does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.mrtodiwala.com/product-page/mrtodiwalas-com-online-voucher.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.