Cyrus was his usual Interesting and informative self. Its great to hear about the origins of his dishes and the provenance of the food. I love how he always sits everyone at large tables so you get to meet new people.
It was a fun evening with excellent food. It would have been good to have had more from Greg Wallace. His address was brief and he only had some brief interraction with a few people at the tables.
Each course was the same size which wasn't great for the mains especially - less than a dessertspoonful of vegetables, the fish pie was the size of a samosa, and the belly pork was 2.5 cms x 6 cms sat on a dessertspoonful of rice. The event was due to start at 7pm but the starters started arriving at 8:20 - by which time we were starving and the lack of bread or poppadums was disappointing. This also meant that extra drinks were being ordered putting pressure on the wine waiters and eventually the overwhelmed wine waiters fell behind. The starters were three canapes in size so were eaten in nanoseconds. We then waited until 9:40 before the mains was served. The mains wine reached us in the final couple of bites of the mains and the dessert wine arrived 15 minutes after dessert was over (and further credit to the sommelier who gave it to us on the house). The sommelier was excellent and the flight of wines and his explanations were the star of this event. Back of house let the side down badly and portion sizes reminded me of the "nouvelle cuisine" trend of the 80s.
I've been a customer of Cyrus for 20 years so this won't put me off going to Cafe Spice Namaste (unless he has introduced nouvelle cuisine portion sizes there too) but I will not be returning to a supper club. It was not good value and contrasted poorly with a Michelin starred Sunday lunch at Galvin La Chapelle last week including bread and olives, and which left us entirely satiated for the same food cost.
Cyrus is always an excellent host, he’s fascinating on the subject of food history, food conservation and sustainability. The food was an excellent palate tease and great twists on the fusion of Indian and UK interpretations of familiar dishes. Gregg was charming and an obvious fan of Cyrus’ cuisine and they were a great host team.
Amazing event, 2 fabulous hosts Gregg & Cyrus, so great together. Wow the food, just stunning, BRIT TWIST it definitely was, and a quick mention for some perfectly matched New Zealand wines . We want more TODIWALLACE. Also loving the WeFiFo site, have my eye on many more interesting events in the near future.
Fabulous way to spend a Saturday Afternoon - great food, great company and a great vibe. We had a lot of fun chatting to the other people sitting by us whilst enjoying a fantastic meal - would go again!
Phenomenal welcome from Mrs Todiwala. She’s so lovely! Cyrus is a first class host, an absolute gentleman, & so humble. Gregg, although funny at times, excused himself before the end as he had a wife & child to go home to. And he could have refrained from using the ‘F’ word in his parting sentence. The food was wonderful! Highly recommended.