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Spice

Spice
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  • Phone Number 032 943 3558
  • Location 37 North Beach Road, Bali Hai, Westbrook, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • email spiceonflorida@telkomsa.net
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9.30pm

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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Country-style fare, Indian, Modern, South African, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Nicola Jenvey

Food
Spice lives up to its billing as a harmonious Indo-continental infusion of spices where owners Russell and Linda Burger are giving the classics a modern twirl. Their travels and respective cultures have inspired the broad menu that caters for every taste bud, including those not wanting spicy food. Dishes are impeccably presented with hints to silver service and the portions sufficiently generous.

The light menu embraces Madam Lizzie’s prawn and avocado poppadum being a cumin poppadum with a mild curry cream coronation dressing; coriander and chilli fishcakes; flamboyant fish and chips served with hand-cut chips and homemade tartar sauce or a hefty cheese burger promising a substantial handmade beef burger patty, grilled onion and a BBQ sauce accompanied by chunky, handmade chips.

Traditional curries are mild, medium or hot with the last option speaking to the Durban Indian heritage for eye-wateringly spicy and flavourful. Variants include lamb, prawn, tamarind fish and vegetable all served with basmati rice, homemade sambals and a poppadum.

Among the non-curry dishes, the roasted duck with drunken orange and figs is a stand-out offering. Succulent with a hint of spice from the roasted cumin, it delivers on the richness this meat promises. The prawn-stuffed balti-spiced chicken are tender chicken breasts rubbed with garlic, cumin and chilli paste stuffed with Cajun prawns and served with a mild curry cream and basmati rice.

All the main dishes, other than the curries, are served with vegetables and a potato dish with extra vegetables available.

The decadent desserts round out the dining experience and include coffee-infused crème brûlée, Cape velvet chocolate mousse, pecan nut and nougat cheesecake, seasonal sorbets or a baked camembert layered with slivers of preserved figs and drizzled with fig syrup for the lesser sweet-toothed patron.

Drinks
The in-depth wine list both explains the varietals and has maps showing South Africa’s wine regions and their farms. Some proof-reading would eliminate the spelling errors and inconsistencies.

Service
Can do with some work and was slow on a relatively quiet lunch-time.

Ambience
The dramatic wrought-iron candelabras, eclectic dining room seating and Victorian loungers bring warmth to the main restaurant area, while the wooden deck overlooking the beach makes anyone question why they do not have their own breath-taking sea views where dolphins frolic and whales blow.

And…
Remember a wrap or jersey when sitting outdoors as the sea breeze can be nippy. Also, take a minute to view the photo gallery en route to the bathrooms.

(September 2016)

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  • Nikita Buxton

    Food
    Spice’s focus is on aromatic dishes with curries, grills, seafood and even pasta dishes that have a sprinkling of Indian influence. A pro tip would be to skip the appetisers to save space for the bountiful mains, but if you’re really peckish, the spiced tempura prawns are juicy and the grilled calamari with avo, green chilli and coriander-and-lime dressing is light and refreshing.

    The top mains are the definitely the curry dishes. Standouts include the fiery prawn curry with a robust sauce that’s generously laden with plump pink prawns; the lamb curry with a medium spice and fall-apart boneless lamb; and the tamarind fish curry served with fresh local fish, which has a moreish sourness from the tamarind. The curries are served with a mound of perfectly cooked basmati rice, a crisp poppadum and a selection of soothing sambals. If you’re looking for a little less heat, go for the superb tender Balti chicken stuffed with Cajun prawns and served with a mild curry cream.

    The portions are hearty and it’s usually (almost) impossible to fit in a dessert. If your sweet tooth is calling, the coffee-infused crème brûlée is a classic choice, or try the refreshing seasonal sorbet with slivered mint leaves, which is ideal after a heat-filled feast.

    Drinks
    There’s a good selection of perfect-with-spice wines, bubblies and beers.

    Service
    Warm and efficient. Spice owners Russell and Linda are hands on to make sure everyone is happy.

    Ambience
    After spending years in the grand old house on Windermere Road in Morningside, the Indo-continental restaurant moved locations to the beachy Bali Hai building in Westbrook, Tongaat. The new space offers some of the best sea views along the coast. The restaurant is spacious and filled with light. The pale green walls, wooden accents and palm fronds lend a Bali-esque feel. The wraparound doors offer views of the sea, but prime position is the sunlit deck.

    And…
    Spice also offer a light menu with easy-going dishes like spiced fish cakes, a chicken salad, and a prawn-and-avo-filled poppadum.

    (April 2016)

  • This colourful restaurant caters for all lovers of spice. Stand-out dishes: boneless lamb curry; and delicate coriander and chilli fishcakes served with tartar sauce. Service is informative, friendly and quick. On warm days and nights, sit on the shady veranda. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    The name of the restaurant may imply that they serve Indian cuisine only, yet Spice caters for all palates. The boneless lamb curry melts in your mouth; it’s full of flavours that tingle your taste buds, making it perfect comfort food for chilly winter nights. The delicate coriander and chilli fish cakes served with tartar sauce are great for a light lunch.

    Wine
    There is an extensive selection of local wines from which to choose.

    Service
    The waiters are informative, friendly and quick, making any visit to Spice a memorable one.

    Ambience
    The interior walls are decorated with dozens of colourful paintings.

    And...
    For warm days and evenings, there’s a shady veranda, which gives it that home-away-from-home feeling. (SG, October 2012)

User reviews

  • I live in Los Angeles, California and my parents who live in Durban just told me the most amazing and moving story about Russell at Spice. My parents made a reservation at Spice and confirmed with Russell that they had duck on the menu as my parents really like the Spice duck. Unfortunately on the day my parents were supposed to go to Spice my mom had a bad fall resulting in the need for an emergency hip replacement and the reservation was cancelled. To my parents surprise a day or so later while they were in the hospital, a man approached their room carrying a box. It was Russell presenting my parents with the Spice duck they missed out on a few nights earlier as a result of the accident! It's not every day that we experience such heart felt gestures - what a "mench" you are Russell. God bless you and Spice!
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  • Another great meal 07/08 - the main outstanding, the apple and almond crumble was the best I have ever had.

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  • Food was delicious and the service impeccible but the chair I sat on was the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced in a restaurant. Owner needs to make sure that their guests are physically comfortable as well as providing great food.

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  • Delightful ambience - old Durban house - with great service and quality food. My husband's curry, however, was not as good as we'd expected. My balti stuffed chicken breast was superb.

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  • What a fantastic restaurant! Exceptional food, outstanding service and quirky decor - what more could one want? Definitely my favourite in all of SA.
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  • This restuarant is beyond compare in Durban. The food is absolutely delicious, the service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable.I would strongly recommend their Chicken stuffed with crab and corriander, or their Balti Rubbed Chicken or Lamb Curry.... Superb
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  • This restuarant is beyond compare in Durban. The food is absolutely delicious, the service is excellent and the prices are very reasonable.I would strongly recommend their Chicken stuffed with crab and corriander, or their Balti Rubbed Chicken or Lamb Curry.... Superb
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dancing
  • Dog-friendly
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  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
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  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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