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TV chef, restaurateur and all-round Indian ambassador Cyrus Todiwala OBE is known for his Parsee spin on regional cooking (particularly at Café Spice Namasté), but his latest venture finds him going global as he explores the connections between Portuguese, Brazilian and Asian
cuisine. Located near the Old Vic and part of the Hampton by Hilton London Waterloo development, Assado offers an all-day roster of dishes with different accents but an obvious culinary
affiliation. From marinated olives steeped with tangy lime to anchovy fillets anointed with crushed chilli flakes, the flavours here are unrepentantly big and bold. Goan-style pulled pork assado
(the Portuguese word for roast) is a signature dish; a spicy, slow-cooked east-west riff in a bun, and also available to take away of a lunchtime. Meanwhile, a pork vindaloo is brightly spiced with
pickle-notes, and a slow-cooked lamb ‘xacutti’ gains an impressive depth of flavour from 21 different spices. Bombay burgers and savoury filled breads (pao) also feature, while an international
wine list focuses especially on some less usual Portuguese offerings. A deli corner sells spices and pastes from Todiwala’s own range.
Tasting menus really do offer the best way to get a feel of what a restaurant is about, especially a newly opened one. Assado, meaning ‘roast’ is Cyrus Todiwala’s latest Goan, Portuguese and Indian inspired restaurant – a lot of inspirations going on there.Located on the quieter part of Waterloo Road, Assado snuggly sits just past the Old Vic. Inside greets you with a bustling kitchen counter and a choice of dining canteen style to the right or left in the classic restaurant style area; both have a welcoming and relaxed feel. My friend and I decide to dine on the left, which has booths lining the far wall in which we to cocoon into...
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