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Having been in E1 for yonks, Cyrus & Pervin Todiwala upped sticks in 2021 to reopen in the docks, complete with a spangly new site and attached cookery school.

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Summary

£69
  £££
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I’ve been going to this unique Indian restaurant for the last 15 years and it always hits the spot for authentic Indian food” – that’s the kind of loyalty inspired by Cyrus and Parvin Todiwala’s well-known destination, which – when it had to close mid-pandemic – received the support of a crowdfunded appeal to secure its survival. In truth, the “outdated” old building was “looking tired”, though it was buoyed up by an excellent welcome and Parsi and Goan-inspired cuisine that was regularly “exceptional”. In late 2021, a re-opening is planned in a shiny new location in the distant Royal Docks, a short walk from Gallions Reach DLR station, five minutes’ travel-time from Canary Wharf.

Summary

£62
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Some of the best Indian food in town”“Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala are delightful hosts” and the “dated outside” of their former City-fringe HQ “gave no clue that a meal would be so delicious”. The cuisine offers “a different take on traditional Indian” (mixing Parsi and Goan dishes with more pan-Indian inspirations) and its longstanding “authenticity” and “creativity” is a continued joy, as is the “genuinely friendly way that TV-chef Cyrus T, OBE comes out to chat with guests”. “As good as you’ll get in Mumbai… and the traffic isn’t as bad!” Now relocated to Docklands – and with a new cookery school – we're looking forward to reports on the new location.

Summary

£62
  £££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Some of the best Indian food in town”“Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala are delightful hosts” and the “dated outside” of their City-fringe HQ “gives no clue that a meal here will be so delicious”. The cuisine offers “a different take on traditional Indian” (mixing Parsi and Goan dishes with more pan-Indian inspirations) and its longstanding “authenticity” and “creativity” is a continued joy, as is the “genuinely friendly way that TV-chef Cyrus T, OBE comes out to chat with guests”. “As good as you’ll get in Mumbai… and the traffic isn’t as bad!”

Summary

£56
   ££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“In an unlikely location” east of the City, Cyrus Todiwala’s brightly decorated HQ delivers “time and time again”. “No ordinary Indian, the varied food is prepared with panache and extraordinarily skilled mixes of subtle flavours”. Service is “excellent” too, and the worst complaint amongst the many reports we receive is that “it’s a bit pricey”. Events are a regular feature here, and “Cyrus is very informative and entertaining throughout”.

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Café Spice Namaste Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Café Spice Namaste Restaurant in E16, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Café Spice Namaste restaurant.
Roger D
This is food of such refinement, delicacy a...
Reviewed 4 months, 8 days ago

"This is food of such refinement, delicacy and subtlety that it makes you wonder what all those other "Indian meals" were really all about. Cyrus Todiwala is a genius."

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Lloyd S
Having enjoyed fantastic dining experiences...
Reviewed 6 months, 26 days ago

"Having enjoyed fantastic dining experiences at the old Cafe Spice Namaste we couldn’t wait to pay a first visit to their new place. The location of the new restaurant is in a fabulous spot on the Royal Docks in east london right on the River Thames giving you amazing views back up the river past City Airport to Canary Wharf. They really have found a great location and when you look around you’ll see that the area is also well populated. This can only be a benefit to the restaurant to make it as successful as the old place. So on a cold and misty day we headed of to Gallion’s Reach on the DLR. From here it’s just a five minute walk to the restaurant but before you enter do admire the view. When we entered there was Pervin herself to greet us. As they now have a lovely bar area we decided to have a drink first as well as have a chat with Pervin and of course the man himself Mr Cyrus Todiwala. It was great to see them both again and they seemed very pleased with the new venue. We enjoyed a fabulous cocktail while also getting advice on the menu. Now it was time to be escorted to our table where we were given a fabulous view of the river. So now to the menu which is also a bit different than before as it is now designed for sharing. You start with the Small Ones an extensive selection of small plates. Then there’s the Famous Saucy Ones which are larger portions. The recommendation was for two or three plates each. Then on the other side is a selection of Veg/Vegan dishes along with Breads , Rice and delicious desserts. While enjoying some Poppadoms & Chutneys we chose a delightful Alvarinho Regueiro 2020 Portuguese wine with flavours of citrus , lime , peach and a mineral finish really was a great pairing. It’s now time to move to the real reason we’re here the food itself and wow were we in for a treat. So sit back because there’s lot of food on the way. We started with a selection from the Small Ones including Paneer Halloumi Shashlik , Venison Tikka Aflatoon , Garlic Chilli & Ginger Prawn Balls , Roast Chicken Cafreal Zambeziana , Ginger Seasoned Lamb Cutlet & the amazing Five Cheese Chilli Toast. The dishes were perfectly cooked and the flavours on each plate were simply amazing. We then had a little break before moving on to the Famous Saucy Ones. Here we chose the Goan Vindaloo of Pork Alenteijo Style with shelled clams and Pulav rice as well as the Lamb Dhaansaak. To accompany these dishes we opted to have a Kerala Paratha and a fantastic Badaam Narial Wali Naan (peshawari). We absolutely loved these dishes and really were in an Indian paradise. All this while enjoying watching Cyrus and the team in action in the open kitchen. Now it was time to finish with desserts and the delights didn’t end here either as we enjoyed the Bebinca ( a multi layered portuguese coconut pancake) , Bombay Creme Caramel , Pistachio Kulfi and a scoop of Parsee Apricot Toffee Caramel ice cream. We finished with a Masala Chai to bring to an end a fabulous dining experience and one I’ll look forward to repeating as soon as possible. The location is fabulous , the bar area is a great addition , the food is absolutely stunning , the service was very friendly. So yes it will now come as no surprise that I would highly recommend a visit here even if you just want to pop in for a drink , a quick bite or a long relaxing lunch/dinner. Cyrus & Pervin are a fantastic hard working couple and an absolute pleasure to meet. Their knowledge really is second to none and they are also welcome to any feedback you give as they only want to make your experience the best it can be. Thank You Cyrus , Pervin and all the team for a fantastic lunch and look forward to seeing you all again soon."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £45.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 60.00 Always available 8

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.00 £22.00 £7.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £5.00
Service 12.50%
1-2 Lower Dock Walk, Royal Dock, London, E16 2GT
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MondayCLOSED
Tuesday5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday1 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Thursday1 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Friday1 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Saturday1 pm‑5 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
SundayCLOSED

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