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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...
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Trying one of popular TV chef Cyrus Todiwala’s restaurant has always been on my ‘must-do’ list. When I discovered he’s new venture at the recent Taste Festival I couldn't wait to head down.Assado, located close to Waterloo station, spans the ground floor of the new Hampton by Hilton’ hotel and it also links to the space where hotel guests have breakfast. This seemed a little strange and unexpected to me. However with its Portuguese-style tiling, Scandinavian wooden furniture and turquoise floor and yellow ceiling, Assado has a very bright and appealingly light feel to it, especially on a hot day.
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The restaurant, located a short walk from Waterloo station, just past the Old Vic Theatre, is pretty big and glass fronted. It’s got a bit more of a cafe vibe than a restaurant, with slices of freshly baked cake available to buy at the counter. When we arrived at 7pm, it was quite empty but it picked up as the night went on.We tucked into some bread and olives and prawn rissoles to start and then we ordered curries for mains. The boys went for the supposedly spiciest one on the menu (the lamb xacutti, which apparently includes 21 ingredients, although the waitress didn’t seem to be able to tell us what was...
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Cyrus Todiwala is one of my favourite chefs in London. Not only does he talk about the food from his Parsee heritage with passion, he’s also a really charming person to meet.So when I found out that he was Chef Patron of Assado – the restaurant at the Hampton by Hilton Waterloo hotel, I was eager to try the menu.I’d not forgotten the delicious curries at Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen – his signature restaurant at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – when I first met him many years ago. But when I chatted to him at the Hampton by Hilton hotel’s first anniversary celebrations this year, he described the food at...
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