Cyrus Todiwala
Food (4.6/5)
Vibe (4.5/5)
Contact (4.8/5)
Value (4.6/5)




16 recommendations


About Me

I'm in my 60s
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More than a restaurant, a culinary institution, Café Spice Namasté is Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s family-run Indian restaurant in historic East London, a short stroll from the Tower of London. Now in our 22nd year, we continue to welcome food lovers in search of something that bit different,as epitomised by Chef Cyrus' sophisticated and imaginative cuisine. Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL, is an Indian British chef proprietor of Café Spice Namasté, an author and television personality and presenter.

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Latest Reviews

Wendy Day | 2 years

Gregg Wallace and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL

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.

Nick Winter | 2 years

Gregg Wallace and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL

Absolutely fab evening, 2 great hosts a lovely vibe and great food

Derian | 2 years

Gregg Wallace and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL

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.

Usha Desai | 2 years

Gregg Wallace and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL

Mr. Todiwalla was charming and informative and circulated to all the tables. It seemed like Greg Wallace had a bad night because he was loud and abrupt with us.

Alison | 2 years

Gregg Wallace and Cyrus Todiwala OBE, DL

Our host was perfect in every way