Spice Restaurant is the brainchild of husband-and-wife team Russell and Linda Burger and has been a favourite in the Durban foodie scene since 2003. 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 space offers some of the best sea views along the coast, paired with interesting Eastern flavours fused with familiar European flair. Eat Out critic Nikita Buxton heads to this seaside spot for a lingering spice-fuelled lunch.
Price: R125 on average for a main dish
Serves: A fusion of Indian and Pakistani flavours with European twists
Best for: Flavourful curried lunches on the sunny deck
Parking: It can be busy on weekends but there’s usually space on the grassy curbs outside the restaurant
Star ratings: Food 5, service 4, ambience 4
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 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.
There’s a good selection of perfect-with-spice wines, bubblies and beers.
Warm and efficient. Spice owners Russell and Linda are hands on to make sure everyone is happy.
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.
Spice also offer a light menu with easy-going dishes like spiced fish cakes, a chicken salad, and a prawn-and-avo-filled poppadum.
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