16 Prescot Street, E1 020 7488 9242 www.cafespice.co.uk Open lunch & dinner Mon-Sat No-one has done more than Bombay-born chef Cyrus Todiwala to revitalize British Indian restaurants for the 2ist century. He opened Cafe Spice Namaste in Whitechapel in 1995, and it remains one of the capital’s premier Subcontinental dining destinations a decade later. A central bar separates the two dining rooms, which are decorated in fiery colours to reflect the zip of a menu that marries traditional Indian culinary techniques with unusual ingredients. Sample the delights of venison tikka flavoured with roasted fennel, star anise and cinnamon, and fresh buffalo mozzarella served with Parsee-style pickle and sarias crackers. Or experience the depth of flavour in a classic lamb dansak. Even the home-made pickles and chutneys that accompany the pre-meal pappadoms are exceptional. You can enjoy Indian nibbles and bottles of icy Cobra lager in the beer garden, too.