July 9, 2009, 8:00 am

The Ginger GardenCafé Spice Namasté opens the Ginger Garden for SummerLeave the hectic pace of the city behind and retreat to the vibrant Ginger Garden at Café Spice Namasté, at Tower Hill.

Although I haven’t visited myself I’m told that a chilled beer or lassi in hand, customers can relax and enjoy executive chef Cyrus Todiwala’s delicacies such as chargrilled Tandoori Tiger prawns with spicy potato wedges and vegetable samosas.

I’m also told you could be forgiven for forgetting the time amid the lush green plants and colourful Parsee murals. If you do, don’t worry as you can turn your enjoyable day at the garden into a lively evening. The exciting Ginger Garden offers all the great food of Café Spice Namasté in a vivid outdoor setting.

Owner Cyrus Todiwala MBE, and old friend of the FDIN,  has a tandoor in the garden that he loves to experiment with to create unique, healthy and exciting new dishes such as the fiery Goan peri peri chicken or the paneer and mixed vegetable shashlik marinated in classic tandoori spices and strained yoghurt.

A great space for private and corporate parties and cocktail evenings, the Ginger Garden, located at the back of the restaurant and with its own private entrance, is open throughout the summer as long as the sunshine lasts and weather permits.

Opening times are as the restaurant from 12-3 p.m. and 6:30-10p.m.

Cyrus has cooked for prime ministers, presidents, royalty and appears regularly on radio and television. Cyrus’ food is ’quite simply divine’, a fact acknowledged by TIME OUT, who’ve said, ’If there is a God, the canteen in Heaven will be run by Cyrus Todiwala. Cyrus’ most recent accolade has seen him being the first Indian chef to have been awarded a fellowship from the Masterchefs of Great Britain.

With a sophisticated menu offering a range of Parsee and Indo-European dishes from Goa, North India, Hyderabad and Kashmir, using the best seasonal produce sourced from Britain wherever possible it’s easy to see why they are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. Café Spice Namasté, 16 Prescot St, London E1 8AZ Tel. 0207 488 9242.


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