Cafe Spice Namaste
Indian and South Asian
16 Prescot Street, Whitechapel, East-London, E1 8AZ
True to the nature of this restaurant's name - in Hindi 'Namasté' describes a gracious hello, or a greeting with deeper meaning - you are sure of a warm welcome at Café Spice Namasté. Step inside from busy Prescot Street and allow the genteel staff to show you to your seat in Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala's landmark restaurant. Much acclaim surrounds proprietor and executive chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE (chef profile page 156) - diners flock to sample his renowned brand of Indian cooking. Numerous menu options include the chef's personal selection and the speciality menu, which changes regularly. Perhaps start with the tandoori platter, which includes tikka of Barbary duck, Denham Estate venison sheek kavaab, chicken peri peri and salmon. After washing these down with a ripe shiraz cabernet, move on to some sensational mains. If you're after something different, order the aromatic ostrich bhuna or, for a more orthodox but equally delicious meal, try the murgh tikka with tadka daal. Specials showcase carefully sourced, sustainable and seasonal produce - in 2011 the restaurant even won the Corporation of London's 'Sustainable Food Award'. Desserts are another speciality; you'll be impressed by traditional bebinca and rose kulfi. At Café Spice Namasté, Cyrus, Pervin and their team continue to provide revelatory cuisine. Not every London restaurant deserves to be deemed a must-visit, but this is certainly one such establishment. Now, with another bastion - Mr Todiwala's Kitchen - open at Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5, there are even more ways to try Cyrus' cuisine.