The June lunch was a shared Indian feast at the popular ‘Spice Room’ restaurant at Circular Quay. 18 members and 7 guests enjoyed the lunch where we were able to sit together on one large table which incorporated the antique table originally from a grand mansion in the town of Chittor Aquila.
On arrival the ladies were greeted with a mocktail containing Coconut water, lime juice and coriander sprigs which had been muddled together and served with a slice of fresh lime.
The menu consisted of :
Punjabi Paneer Pakora – Green Chutney sandwiched between slices of Indian Paneer (curd cheese)dipped in chick pea batter and deep fried. Served with date and tamarind chutney.
Cauliflower Pakora Pops – Cauliflower florets served as fritters with sweet and sour dipping sauce.
Spiced Masala Okra – Okra stir fried with onion, ginger, garlic and masala spices.
House Black Dhaal – This is the restaurant’s signature dish of slow cooked lentils (24 hrs) resulting in a rich creamy dish with deep flavours.
Lamb Seekh Kebab Peshawari – Minced lamb flavoured with exotic spices, cooked in the tandoor oven.
Kerala Prawns – Prawns marinated with mustard seeds and curry leaf simmered in a coconut broth with spices, ginger and green chilli.
Butter Chicken – Tender pieces of boneless chicken marinated and cooked in the tandoori oven and smothered in a creamy, tomato flavoured sauce.
Naan Bread and Rice to accompany the main course dishes.
For dessert there was an individual Paan Kulfi on a stick – a sweet creamy treat with pistachio nuts.
Except for the Punjabi Paneer Pakora, all the dishes were consistently rated 8 -10 which is a high rating for a restaurant.
The comments were excellent flavours, enjoyed the experience and a large number of comments of “will return again”.
The ambience was enhanced by being able to sit at one long table and certainly enjoyed by the ladies.
The wines for the day were :
White – 2013 Stumpy Gully Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula Victoria
Red – 2010 Scarpantoni ‘School Block’ blend, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Both wines matched the food well.