Thursday, 17 February 2011
Much more than just curry
Eating food prepared by an Award winning chef is always a great pleasure and it was even more of a pleasure last night. Thanks to an initiative by Liveryman Dan Doherty 68 of us sat down to a specially prepared, mouthwatering, mutton based meal last night at Cafe Spice Namaste. Amongst the 68 were we were honoured to have Lady Mayoress Barbara Bear, together with Sheriff Richard Sermon's wife Rosemary, Ann-Marie Jubber from thr Lord Mayor's Appeal office and Andrew Whitton who is standing for Sheriff in the June elections. The reason we were so graced was that the dinner had a charity element and was in support of the Lord Mayors' Appeal--Bear Necessities.
Cafe Spice is a remarkable venue and an iconic landmark Indian Restaurant in Whitechapel. It ia an award winning institution with a feted chef, Cyrus Todiwala, who runs the restaurant with Pervis his wife and co-owner. Cyrus was awarded the OBE in 2010, is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, an author of three successful cookery books, a visiting professor, and TV and radio performer as well as a producer of his own brand of pickles and chutneys. And he still finds time to cook!
He certainly did us proud last night with a wonderfully constucted meal reflecting Cyrus's innovative and fresh approach to Pan-Indian cuisine. He kindly talked through the menu and at the end of the meal took a Q & A session where his passion for good and sustainable cooking shone through. Lady Mayoress Barbara completed a very successful evening by wandering round the tables talking with people to everyones' great pleasure. A very happy evening--and no one left Cafe Spice hungry but rather with a much better unnderstanding of what real Indian cuisine is about.