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The Spice Room – Circular Quay

November 11, 2016

The crew feeling peckish on this sunny Friday afternoon so decided to try this local recently(ish) renovated establishment under new management. But first a thirst quenching ale and some tourist spotting at Buckley’s Bar on the promenade.

Ambiance
Located on the eastern corner of  Circular Quay within easy staggering distance of a few touristy bars and the train station this place is going to be busy so we book ahead. An unassuming entrance and stairs lead up to a bustling and busy room. The term compact and bijou comes to mind, busy and a little cramped. Intimate and cosy. The decor has a whiff of a bygone Royal Palace about it. The clientele a good mix of nationalities and no doubt a few tourists.

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Service
Brusque and efficient if not overly-friendly. A plethora of different waiters but all knowledgeable and willing do discuss dishes and answer our questions. Dishes are served promptly with minimum of fuss.One gets the impression the idea is to get the punters in, fed and out again – as dictated in our reservation – a condition to be out by 8pm for a 6pm booking.

Food
Offering  a selection of street food, sharing platters of tasty nibbles, royal banquets, tandoori delicacies, delicious curries and sweet desserts. Delicious starters (as always) included Pani Puri Shots, Chilli and Okra Fingers, Cauliflower Pakora Pops (yum!) and Lamb Seekh Kebab – Peshawari style. All Fabulous. For mains: Chicken Chettinad,Railway Canteen Goat Curry,Yellow Dhal and Eggpant Bhartha. All good if not outstanding. For desert:Saffron Rice Pudding and Badami Ras Malai – washed down with a Kraken Spiced Rum! No particular stand out dishes – but  honorable mention to Cauliflower Pakora Pops, Chicken Chettinad and the Rice Pud.

Wine
Fully licenced so no BYO :-(.
We chose the following from the reasonably stocked and priced  wine menu:
2011 Scarpatoni Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Grant Burge Merlot (a bit Insipid)

Value
Very good at around $75 per head for three courses and wine.

Overall score 
7/10 – Good if not outstanding food, a busy in-and-out dining experience.

http://www.thespiceroom.com.au/

Epilogue: Worth mentioning some of the nicest Toilets we have come across – powder your nose with the ancestors looking on!

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