Wednesday 26th March 2003
We had received an email from someone who had been quite - nay,
extremely - disappointed with Cafe Spice.
They did not mention which restaurant they'd been to, but we were
concerned to see that someone did not agree with our fairly high
rating of the restaurant.
It was with this in mind that on my business trip I should
re-visit Cafe Spice in Prescott Street. Normally, I would try to
find somewhere new to eat at, so we can expand our range of
restaurant reviews - it's a hard life! Although the place was busy,
they found me a table without fuss.
I ordered a Cobra beer, and was surprised when it arrived because
it was a very large bottle - I had expected a standard (330 ml)
bottle. Never mind, I will drink it after all. It just struck me as
a blatant exercise in selling.
I asked the waiter if they would object to me having two starters
instead of a starter and main course. No problem, so I order my
first starter, Bhel Poori. This is delicious, cool and tangy, it is
ideal as an appetiser.
My second starter was a Potato (original) Dosa: A rice pancake
stuffed with spiced potato served with coconut Chutney and vegetable
curry sauce. To me, the definitive Dosa is served by the Diwana,
near Euston station. The Dosa served at Cafe Spice is every bit as
I think I made an excellent decision in having a smaller starter
instead of a main course which would have been too much for me. As
it was, the helpings are generous, and by the time I'd finished, I
was completely sated.
Finish with a filter coffee and was presented with a bill for
£17.10 inc. 12.5% service charge.
My conclusion is that the attentive staff, buzzing atmosphere,
quality of food and reasonable prices equate to good value for money
and a pleasant dining experience. I can find nothing which resembles
the cause for concern expressed in the email we received.
The author of that email has not as yet responded to my request
for further information, but I am happy to publish this review
re-stating our previous satisfaction with Cafe Spice Namaste at
PS - See
our original review...