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Spiceburg

Spiceburg
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  • Phone Number 0114862255
  • Location 10 Gleneagle Road, Greenside, Johannesburg
  • email spiceburgrestaurant@gmail.com
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays and Sundays 11am to 9pm; Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 10pm

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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Indian
Payment
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Critic's review

Xolisa Phillip

Food
The menu reads like an encyclopedia of North and South Indian dishes  there is lots from which to choose, from tandoori and South Indian starters to seafood mains, lamb mains, chicken mains, vegetarian and vegan mains. Spiceburg offers patrons an amuse-bouche comprising of two pieces of razor-thin, crispy papadum bread accompanied by a bright green chilli dip, as well as a tangerine-lemon dip.

The garden green salad, as described on the menu, seems like a dream. But the actual product is chunky and messy. It looks garish with lumps of carrots, bits of onions, off-colour lettuce, sprinkles of olives and the usual suspects: cucumber and feta cheese. The portion is quite generous but this defeats the purpose because it looks unappetising. It could use a less 'industrial' feel to it and more of a light, elegant touch.

The fish malabar  a fish curry infused with nigella seeds, mustard seeds, sweet anise, cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds  served with fluffy basmati rice, was a saving grace. The kingklip was well-cooked but not overdone and the rich, aromatic gravy was the right consistency. The plain basmati – of which the airy texture was just right to absorb the curry gravy  made for a good accompaniment. The rich curry has a kick and a bite to it, but the spices are just right and do not overpower the palate.

Drinks
The wine selection is quite exhaustive and includes red and white blends. Spiceburg gives customers the option to order a glass or a whole bottle. The drinks list also includes popular beer brands such as Heineken and Amstel, as well as a selection of whiskies, brandies and rums. Spiceburg also serves non-alcoholic fare such as fresh juices, soft drinks, smoothies and warm beverages.

Service
The staff are friendly, warm and relaxed while getting the job done. The all-round service includes taking the booking as well as payment. The staff are attentive enough to make you feel like a valued customer while at the same time giving you space to soak up the experience. The interactions felt intimate and authentic but balanced with professionalism. Overall, Spiceburg employees are pleasant and make customers feel at home. They answer questions without making the customer feel like a nuisance and are also well-versed in the restaurant’s offering.

Ambience
Spiceburg offers a laid-back, informal atmosphere where both young and old can feel comfortable. The décor is striking in that the walls are adorned with colourful wallpaper that features bold and detailed patterns. There’s no mistaking that Spiceburg is an Indian restaurant, as the décor is an echo of this, from the tables to the chairs. The restaurant has a simple layout.

And…
The balcony is the place to be on a warm evening.

(September 2016)

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  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    Originally created to celebrate and serve south Indian cuisine, the menu now includes dishes from India’s north and south, the west and even towards China. Spiceburg remains very popular, perhaps thanks to their extensive menu. With more than a 100 dishes available, there’s something for everyone. There’s lamb, chicken, seafood and curries from all sides of India, as well as bunny chows, and the Indo-Chinese rice dishes look very appealing. Vegetarians are exceptionally well catered for here. The food that arrives is well prepared and made. You might want to try the Rasam, a well stocked soup of crab, served with a good speckled spiced papadum. The Kerala Fry Macchi consists of a whole pomfret (fish), beautifully redolent of fresh and perhaps powdered ginger. The salad accompanying it is rather so-so, though. As for dessert, a sampling of the hot Payasum – like a rice pudding with almonds, but made with vermicelli in stead – is exceedingly tasty. The carrot halva, not Greek but Indian, is very pleasant, an interesting fry-up of grated carrots and raisins, drizzled with milk. The usual kulfi’s and ice creams are on offer as well.

    Drinks
    They are licensed to sell wine and beer, but for some reason it can be hard to get access to the wine list – an ordered bottle of merlot appears at the end of the meal, which is not much help.

    Service
    Staff seem to be run off their feet a bit, with the restaurant being so busy. Lots of room for improvement here – they are not always aware of specials and not always clear on the origin of dishes; you may also wait some time for your food and the bill as well. This could be ascribed to large parties present on the occasion of this review, but still.

    Ambience
    The décor is tastefully restricted to gilded elephants and brass and wooden furniture. On weekend nights, the venue is packed with families and young people, many of them of Indian origin, which says something about the food and the authenticity thereof.

    And…
    There is now also a Spiceburg branch in Midrand.

  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    Originally created to celebrate and serve south Indian cuisine, the menu now includes dishes from India’s north and south, the west and even towards China. Spiceburg remains very popular, perhaps thanks to their extensive menu. With more than a 100 dishes available, there’s something for everyone. There’s lamb, chicken, seafood and curries from all sides of India, as well as bunny chows, and the Indo-Chinese rice dishes look very appealing. Vegetarians are exceptionally well catered for here. The food that arrives is well prepared and made. You might want to try the Rasam, a well stocked soup of crab, served with a good speckled spiced papadum. The Kerala Fry Macchi consists of a whole pomfret (fish), beautifully redolent of fresh and perhaps powdered ginger. The salad accompanying it is rather so-so, though. As for dessert, a sampling of the hot Payasum – like a rice pudding with almonds, but made with vermicelli in stead – is exceedingly tasty. The carrot halva, not Greek but Indian, is very pleasant, an interesting fry-up of grated carrots and raisins, drizzled with milk. The usual kulfi’s and ice creams are on offer as well.

    Drinks
    They are licensed to sell wine and beer, but for some reason it can be hard to get access to the wine list – an ordered bottle of merlot appears at the end of the meal, which is not much help.

    Service
    Staff seem to be run off their feet a bit, with the restaurant being so busy. Lots of room for improvement here – they are not always aware of specials and not always clear on the origin of dishes; you may also wait some time for your food and the bill as well. This could be ascribed to large parties present on the occasion of this review, but still.

    Ambience
    The décor is tastefully restricted to gilded elephants and brass and wooden furniture. On weekend nights, the venue is packed with families and young people, many of them of Indian origin, which says something about the food and the authenticity thereof.

    And…
    There is now also a Spiceburg branch in Midrand.
    October 2015

  • If you think Indian food comprises only curries then think again! Spiceburg serves fare from India’s southerly provinces as well as the more common north Indian dishes. They serve large rice flour pancakes (dosa) that can be enjoyed plain or stuffed with spicy potato, meat or paneer. A wide range of starters includes deep-fried cauliflower and the whole deep-fried fish makes a wonderful main course. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    Spiceburg attracts lovers of Indian food from around Johannesburg thanks to the fact that it serves fare from India’s southerly provinces as well as the more regular North Indian dishes usually found at restaurants in this country. There are a range of starters including the moreish deep-fried cauliflower, chicken breast marinated overnight and cooked in the tandoor, and Goan prawns. More unusual mains include whole fish cooked Kerala style; a South African fusion dish of oxtail curry prepared with spices, butter beans and potatoes, and dry-fried blue crabs.

    Wine
    A compact wine selection features varietals to suit the more spicy food.

    Service
    Efficient and helpful.

    Ambience
    The interior is fairly unremarkable and basic, but warm and friendly. There is a terrace overlooking the busy Greenside strip.

    And...
    The breads are spectacular. You must try the dosas, which are large rice pancakes that can be served plain or stuffed with spicy potato. They are worth a visit all of their own. (JW, October 2012)

User reviews

  • This is a quaint little Indian restaurant. The wait staff are sweet and attentive, albeit somewhat challenged by English. The food though is good. Warm, flavoursome and inviting like any good curry should be.
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  • This has got to be the worst Indian Meal I have ever eaten. Went there on Sunday and ordered a take-away. Chicken Korma with Butter Naan which cost over R 90.00 for a very small portion. My friend ordered Butter Chicken with Naan - also over R 90.00. Got it home and it honestly tasted like boiled chicken in yellow water. No difference between the 2 except perhaps the colour. That was it! I had two mouthfuls and left the rest. Honestly the restaurant was dead quiet when I arrived and I should have taken heed from that. Indian food is usually delicious but this restaurant is a huge waste of time and money.
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  • Filthiest restaurant, I was served with a cockroach in my curry, when questioned the server pretended as if nothing had happened. Will never go again.

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  • Extremely disappointing. Naan breads were sloppy. Replacements never arrived. Had to beg waiters to bring drinks. Chicken vindaloo was hopelessly overcooked and in a sauce that tasted of little more than chillies and water. I think the only reason this place is always busy is because of the location.

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  • Excellent. I went with no expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. One of the best Indian meals I've had in Jozi. The South Indian was especially welcome.

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  • Spiceburg restaurant has lost its warmth, I have been there a couple of times, recently when I went in Feb, was quite disappointed. The manager was stinking of alcohol, and there is an Indian lady walking around starring at the customers, makes you feel uncomfortable. Service and food was below average.

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  • Dubbed as one of the few Indian restaurants in Johannesburg that caters specially for vegans, this place was high on my list. Having forgotten that we had just had an unimpressive Spiceburg take-away at the recent India Day at Brightwater Commons, we visited the restaurant on a Monday evening. Playing on the TV was the United-Spurs game, which made Mister very happy (him having given up watching the game for our anniversary but still faithfully wearing his United jersey with gold badges on the arms). The wine list is limited but passable. The food menu is large, incorporating both North and South Indian starters, mains and breads. While the list of vegan dishes is fair, I still found it difficult to choose something that sounded good. For starters we shared the crispy brinjal chips. While the spicy masala coating was good, the brinjals were watery in parts and not crispy in the least. The portion was also quite small for R40 a plate. In the end I ordered aloo palak (potato spinach curry) with rice for mains, and he the chicken vindaloo with rice and a romali roti, as well as a cheese naan. Romali rotis are indicated as vegan on the menu but I was given a dry, brown-flour chapati instead. The palak was tasteless in every way and I had to salt it up to eat it. The supposedly hot vindaloo was mild but apparently tasty otherwise and Mister enjoyed it. Not a place I’d choose to go back to.

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  • A friend and myself ate at Spice-burg in Greenside last week, and as a fairly fussy foodie myself, I was very pleasantly surprised… the service we received from the host and the waiters was exceptional, and although initially sceptical, decided to eat the waiters recommendations… certainly worth leaving the ordering up to them, as the food and entire experience was “Go Back Again soon!”
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  • We went on a quiet night for a quick meal. Food was good, but watch out - hot is firecracker hot, no messing about! One draw back was they did not serve Cobra, only Singha Beer (Thai beer). Indian food is difficult to mess up but it is also tough to make it stand out head and shoulders against the myriad of other Indian outlets in JHB. Worth a visit if you are craving some good Indian. Ambience was lacking, but service was good and staff were attentive.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Halaal friendly
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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