Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s landmark City restaurant is celebrating its 22nd birthday this year, a feat by anyone’s standard and a powerful testimony to the Todiwalas’ penchant for culinary innovation and for delivering what new generations of food lovers seek.
More than a restaurant, a culinary institution, Café Spice Namaste continues to offer Chef Cyrus’ brand of fine Indian cuisine, sensitively spiced and delicately flavoured, reflecting the couple’s rich Parsee heritage and the wealth of food influences found across India, including Goa. It has held a Michelin BIB Gourmand since the award’s were first launched.
The restaurant, a ten minute walk from the Tower of London and housed in a historic Victorian magistrate’s court, was among the first to offer dishes featuring exotic meats such as ostrich and kangaroo, and is also famous for the wide variety of fish, fowl and vegetarian dishes, not to mention its authentic lamb dhanaak, the Parsee Sunday roast.
Both a pioneer and leader in the areas of sustainability and the environment, as well as buying British, the restaurant is supplied by award-winning producers and local farmers across the UK. Speciality menus are offered on a monthly basis, and every 5-6 weeks, the Todiwalas’ host their now famous Khaadras (Greedy Gourmand) Club to highlight heirloom Parsee dishes not found on the menu. By appointment Masterclasses and Chef’s Demonstrations with Chef Cyrus are also on offer, and the restaurant is home to Adventure Gourmet, an exciting programme of chef demonstrations featuring some of the country’s top cooks.
Café Spice Namaste
16 Prescot Street
London E1 8AZ