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Chef Cyrus Todiwala MBE

When describing Cafe Spice Namaste, three words are all we need … Gastronomic Indian Excellence!

Namaste, meaning ‘welcome’ in Hindi is the guiding principle behind Executive Chef Cyrus Todiwala MBE flagship restaurant in the City of London, which offers a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy the extraordinary, vibrant Pan-Asian cuisine. Redefining Indian food, decor and service, the menu at Cafe Spice uses only the freshest ingredients and authentic herbs and spices plus rare and unusual meats to create a modern twist on traditional Indian cuisine. Cafe Spice is dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and uses organic produce wherever possible. And Cafe Spice Nemaste welcomes all tastecard members…

Chef Profile: Cyrus Todiwala MBE

In the world of A-list chefs, Cyrus Todiwala needs no introduction. Seventeen years after opening Café Spice Namaste with his wife and helpmate Pervin (‘The Boss’) a stone’s throw from the Tower of London, his cuisine remains evergreen – confounding expectations with fresh combinations of flavours, spices and seasonal ingredients, often populating menus with rare, even obscure, produce (at least in the UK) such as Springbok. ‘The Skinny Indian’, ‘The Twisted Brit’ and other iconic menus are vintage Todiwala, who wears his undoubted expertise lightly.

Cafe Spice Namaste Bar

Cafe Spice Namaste Bar

Firm favourites at Café Spice Namaste include the Tikka platter featuring Barbary Duck, Denham Estates Venison, Scotch Beef, Chicken, Salmon and Paneer Tikka. A ‘Kitchen Selection Set Menu’ priced reasonably at £35/head allows guests to sit back and relax while the chefs prepare for them, along with home-made Mr Todiwala’s chutneys and papads, an individually plated starter platter with 5 different items and no less than three varieties of meat dishes for the main course, perched next to 2 vegetable side dishes, rice, naan and dessert. Make time. The New York Times in 2012 called this ‘a terrific restaurant’. It has held on to its Michelin Bib Gourmand status since the introduction of the award.

Cafe Spice Namaste Restaurant

Cafe Spice Namaste Restaurant

Before arriving in London in the early 90’s, Cyrus was Executive Chef for the Taj properties in Goa, but today the irrepressible and terribly learned Cyrus has an OBE for his services to hospitality and even holds the title of Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London. In 2012, he cooked the first Diamond Jubilee luncheon for HM The Queen – earning a place in history for his ‘Country Captain’ – a take on true Brit favourite Shepherd’s Pie.

A champion of sustainability and the environment, he spearheaded the cause of local farming, fishing and minimising waste long before it was fashionable to do so. For this, in 2011 the Corporation of London named him Sustainability Champion in its annual sustainability awards. He appears regularly on Saturday Kitchen on BBC One and the BBC Food Programme. Keen to show off his Parsee culinary heritage, together with Pervin he hosts a regular Khaadraas ‘Greedy Pigs’ club featuring ‘cooking the way his Mum taught him.’ If you wish to learn the real secrets of sophisticated Parsee cuisine, look no further.

Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen, the signature restaurant at Hilton London Heathrow T5 opened in late 2011, with The Park Cafe at the Hub in Victoria Park (East) launched in autumn 2012. The Todiwala story continues to unfold…

tastecard Offer at Cafe Spice Namaste

As a tastecard holder, you can get 2 for 1 discount on all courses for a maximum of 2 people. No exclusion on days however you must call to book your table to get the tastecard discount. For full details of tastecard offer at Cafe Spice Namaste, please click here.

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