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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“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.
“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!”
“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”.
“Every mouthful is a joy”, say fans of Cyrus Todiwala’s “airy and bright” (somewhat “eccentrically decorated”) City-fringe Indian, where “extremely attentive service” is a hallmark, and where “the man himself usually does the rounds in a clubbable fashion”. The “wide variety of unusual Parsi dishes” – “quite different food to standard Indian fare” – “are spicy rather than just hot (though you can have that too)”.
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"I couldn't believe it had been three years since our last visit especially when we remembered what a fantastic experience it was. Well now after we've enjoyed another memorable evening at Cafe Spice Namaste I definitely won't be leaving it that long again. We took a steady fifteen minute walk along commercial street to arrive at this fabulous building where the restaurant is located. Before entering the restaurant itself we did the now mandatory things i.e track & trace , sanitized hands & put on face masks. Then once inside the Indian hospitality took over. We received a great welcome before being escorted to our table. We enjoyed a drink while we looked at the menu where there was a choice of the A la Carte or what we chose the Cafe Spice Namaste Experience Menu as this would give you a chance to sample a great variety of the dishes. Once we'd ordered we were then greeted at the table by wife/owner Pervin who it was a real pleasure to meet a chat to throughout the evening. We started with some poppadoms and a choice of chutneys before a our first course a selection from the starter section including a Parsnip croquette , Kofte and the Frankie Lamb Dosa that my wife wanted to try. This was followed by our second course from the Tandoor section. This had the addition of the special of the evening a chargrilled Chicken Drumstick marinated in Goan green masala as well as Duck Tikka & one of my favourite things the Paneer Tikka. This was followed by an intermediate course of a amazing Mixed Vegetable soup that was full of spices. It was at this point the great man Cyrus Todiwala entered the dining room to say hello to his guests and stopped at our table for a nice chat. Just to hear him talk about his passion is when you now see why this man is a true legend of Indian cooking. This then led us onto the main course itself and what a great variety for dishes there were to. We had the Lamb Dhaansaak , Goan Prawn Curry , Chicken in Garlic Sauce , Palak Paneer , Tadka Dal , Rice and a Chilli Cheese Naan and it was all absolutely delicious. The flavours and spices in every dish was amazing. I can assure you after that we did need a nice rest before moving on to the selection of desserts to finish. They were three little delights a Chocolate Mousse , Pistachio & Mango Kulfi. We then finished with a coffee to bring to an end a fantastic evening of the finest Indian food. I would like to thank all the staff who were excellent and very friendly. I have to say that if your a fan of Indian food then you really should pay a visit here as I can't recommend this place highly enough. I for one will definitely be returning as soon as I can. Thank You Cyrus & Pervin and all the team for a fabulous evening and look forward to seeing you all again soon. #SupportHospitality"
"Not so good as last time. But busier!"
"Quiet. But good to see that some people are venturing out again"
|Wine per bottle||£23.75|
1-2 Lower Dock Walk, Royal Dock, London, E16 2GT
|Number of Diners:|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑11 pm|