I was rather pleased when one of the waitresses, Priyanka, who had presided over all of our finest dining experiences at Mithas, got in contact to let us know where she was now working. I didn’t know much about the Spice Lounge Kitchen, just off Drumbrae, other than it used to be the Rainbow, up until a few years ago.Having had an unexpectedly good dinner at Wong’s, a little while back, I had a feeling this was a part of town that held some good, relatively unexplored places. But I had little inkling of the goodness that awaited.
For the sake of clarity, Priyanka had contacted me previously to invite to me give things a try, but I’d turned up quite unexpectedly, with no particular preconceptions, and offering them no time to “prepare for my arrival” so to speak. The meal was complimentary, which was a lovely gesture on their part, but that has little to do with the overall verdict.The interior reminded me strongly of Vinyasa, one of the city’s better curry houses. It’s a big barn of a place, but even on the Tuesday evening that I visited it was doing solidly good business.
I was happy to be led to the gems of the menu, ending up with the Lucknowi galouti to start, followed by the leg of lamb. A fine Shiraz was chosen to accompany both. It was a very good choice.First up was a little amuse bouche of aloo tiki with tamarind and yoghurt. It was highly pleasing.
The starter arrived looking very smart. Regular readers will remember that galouti were originally made for the toothless Lucknowi kings, so have a very soft texture. These little meat patties were moistly delicious, with the apple, grape and mango accompaniments working very well.The main course offered a mountain of delicious lamb that was outstandingly flavourful and tender. It really was first rate stuff. The accompanying curry sauce, rice and bread were very good, too.
So overall, the Spice Lounge Kitchen was a very welcome surprise to me. The quality of food and overall dining experience was first rate. It’s in a funny part of town, so is in the realms of requiring a dedicated trip (unless of course you live nearby) but it’s a trip entirely worth making. I’ll certainly be back to visit again in the future.
Blythe scores Spice Lounge Kitchen
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: aloo tiki; galouti; raan a tandoor; bread; rice
I drank: Shiraz, water, espresso
I wore: www.tieclub.co.uk
Total bill: kindly picked up by the restaurant