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Swagged curtains, bold colours and high ceilings add a certain Bollywood dash to the clean-lined simplicity of Cyrus Todiwala’s esteemed modern Indian, where the culinary traditions of Britain and
Asia meet and mingle to intriguing effect. Poppadums come with commendable homemade pickles, before the kitchen spreads its wings – delivering baby squid rings in fiery Goan piri-piri masala,
traditional dosas, tandoori salmon marinated in Parsee-style green chutney, and some east-west crossovers such as slow-cooked shepherd’s pie topped with cumin-flavoured mash. Despite its reputation
and longevity, recent reports suggest that Namaste is going through a ‘shockingly bad’ patch, with food ‘no better than your local takeaway’ and a distinct chill in the lofty dining room. That
said, polite, helpful staff do their best, and the cosmopolitan wine list’s food-matching possibilities are well worth considering; alternatively, try a shot of red-chilli mojito.
Fiona from London Unattached and I have been invited along to Cafe Spice Namaste for lunch and to support Curry for Change.The campaign is led by the charity Find Your Feet, a small charity founded in 1960 helping families in Asia and Africa to build a future free from hunger, poverty and discrimination. They work in the poorest and most remote places in India, Nepal, Malawi and Zimbabwe, with a focus on supporting vulnerable rural families, marginalised tribal groups, women and young people...
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