Diary: Let's Do Lunch - Cafe Spice Namaste

Reviewed by Steffan Williams, managing director of Capital MS&L.

Not many people outside the City know about Cafe Spice Namaste. The chef, Cyrus Todiwala MBE, however, is quite famous.

It's the best Indian restaurant in London. Financial types vote with their feet and even though it's at the deeply unfashionable end of the City, and not particularly easy to find, it's always pretty packed at lunchtimes with pin-striped suits.

From the moment you walk in, Cafe Spice feels completely different from any other Indian restaurant.

The decor is bright and colourful and there's no carpet on the walls in the converted 19th-Century courthouse. The welcome is also fantastic and Pervin Todiwala must rank as one of the friendliest and most professional front-of-house people in London.

Typical dishes include the Venison Tikka Aflatoon, Saphaed Guinea Fowl a'la Gooding and King Scallops with Ginger and Chilli.

All the dishes are made with superb ingredients and burst with flavour.

There's no talk of mild, medium or hot curries here. Particularly worthy of note is the Weekly Speciality Menu with its emphasis on fresh British produce, game in season, rare breeds of meat from across Britain, seafood (local and foreign) and other fresh local produce.

Where: 16 Prescot Street, London E1 8AZ

Contact: 020 7488 9242

How much: £26 - £30 per head

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