17 April 2014

Café Spice Namasté

020 3544 6036

16 Prescott Street, London E1 8AZ

£46.00 Indian Whitechapel, Mile End

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Based on 8 ratings. Rate it!

  • Wine: £22.50
  • Champagne: £58.95
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 6.15-10.30pm (Sat 6.30pm-)

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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.

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  1. Café Spice Namasté

    16 Prescott Street, London E1 8AZ
    Overall rating:
    James M.

    Appalling, no better than your local takeaway


    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 2

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  2. Café Spice Namasté

    16 Prescott Street, London E1 8AZ
    Overall rating:

    An average night

      Gold Reviewer  (87)

    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 5

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  3. Café Spice Namasté

    16 Prescott Street, London E1 8AZ
    Overall rating:
    Mark D.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  4. Café Spice Namasté

    16 Prescott Street, London E1 8AZ
    Overall rating:
    Andrew S.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 5

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  1. oodCycle, a charity that provides meals for people in need from supermarket surplus, is hosting a charity Mardi Gras Gala Dinner to raise vital funds for their projects tackling food poverty in communities across the UK. Amongst the chefs involved are Cyrus Todiwala OBE, Anna Hansen MBE, Claude Bosi (two Michelin stars), Giorgio Locatelli (one Mitchelin star), Bruce Poole (one Mitchelin star), Ben Tish, and chocolatier Willie Harcourt-Cooze, who will cook seven courses made from surplus ingredients for over 220 guests. cyrus11 Mardi Gras Gala Dinner | Cyrus Todiwala Talks About FoodCycle Charity Meal Cyrus Todiwala OBE Cyrus Todiwala OBE, MBE, owner of famed restaurant, Café Spice Namaste, speaks to us about the upcoming FoodCycle Charity Mardi Gras Feast and why he feels it is important to get involved...
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Café Spice Namasté’s Chef - Cafe Spice Namaste chef Since arriving in London in 1991, Cyrus Todiwala has become something of an ambassador for Indian food & culture in the UK. Over the years, his flagship Cafe Spice Namaste has earned a reputation for innovative regional cooking: Cyrus's Parsee roots show through strongly, although he is also renowned as a champion of native British ingredients. He is much in demand as a celebrity & consultant, as well as making his mark in all manner of social & community initiatives. In recognition of his sterling work & his contribution to the hospitality industry, he was awarded an MBE in 2000. His first book Cafe Spice Namaste quickly became a classic when it was published in 1998.

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