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Portugal and its eastern wanderings to Goa come under scrutiny at the latest venture of Cyrus Todiwala (proprietor of Café Spice Namasté and sometime TV chef). Assado (meaning ‘roast’ in Portuguese), occupies capacious premises on the ground floor of the spanking new ‘Hampton by Hilton’ hotel. There’s no mistaking the corporate hum to the place, though the décor – bright Portuguese-style tiling, Scandi wooden furniture, turquoise floor and yellow ceiling – has an appealing breeziness.

Chefs busy themselves behind a long counter that also overlooks the breakfast servery for hotel guests. The menu consists of half a dozen Portuguese-accented tapas (a tangy roundel of tender braised octopus with paprika and tomato, perhaps), then a choice of bread with various fillings (aka sandwiches). The ‘signature’ filling of pulled pork assado, served with salad, was succulent but lacked oomph.

Indo-Portuguese fusion is most evident in a trio of toppings for naans (ham and cheese, say). From the modest list of Goa-inspired main courses, cordeiro xacuti had tender chunks of lamb and potato in a pleasingly spicy masala. Did it live up to the menu’s billing as ‘probably the most complicated curry in the world’? Probably not. Unremarkable bebinca – a moist Goan layered cake of coconut milk and ghee – ended the meal.

So, the menu still needs work. The tapas are good, but there’s an over-reliance on distinctly average bread; no vegetable side dishes; and a paucity of the main ingredient that unites Portugal and Goa: fresh fish. Staff need to loosen up, too; we tired of being urged to order another glass of wine. The concept at Assado is undoubtedly interesting, so let's hope they give it the tweaks it needs to reach its full potential.

By: Phil Harriss


Venue name: Assado
Address: 157 Waterloo Road
Opening hours: 11am-11pm daily
Transport: Lambeth North or Southwark tube, or Waterloo tube/rail
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65.
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Whilst the menu is very limited, I did enjoy the food at Assado. It's main selling point is its location, I was meeting with friends who wanted to avoid the Southbank and stay near Waterloo station so this sufficed. Nothing to rave about at all though. Pity, it could be amazing! 


Assado, located close to Waterloo station, spans the ground floor of the new Hampton by Hilton’ hotel and it also links to the space where hotel guests have breakfast. This seemed a little strange and unexpected to me. However with its Portuguese-style tiling, Scandinavian wooden furniture and turquoise floor and yellow ceiling, Assado has a very bright and appealingly light feel to it, especially on a hot day.

It seems, from as soon as you enter the restaurant and witness the range of food, dining and even seating options, that Assado is trying to do too much.

It feels as if the menu still needs a little bit of work in order to balance the portions and the prices and to tighten up the options. However Assado has a very interesting concept behind as well as a much loved TV chef, and with this combination it will be only a matter of time that this new venture starts to reach its full potential and fill tables.


Located near to Waterloo station, within the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, this restaurant provides fantastic food at very reasonable prices. 

You can really tell Cyrus Todiwala is pushing the boat out here to try and gain a Michelin star. The food is a fusion of Indian and Portuguese and this creates a fantastic and extensive menu of previously unknown delights. Included within this is 'beef croquette a’la bardez', basically a curried beef mince croquette, and 'lamb xacutti', which is made with a whopping twenty-one ingredients.

All in all there is always something new to try and I shall be visiting again on a regular basis.

Great food .... pork vindaloo at its best .... nice design ... anybody who likes Indian and Portuguese food should try this .... exciting fusion food