Spice of India, London SE1
You can’t fault the Spice of India’s location, just a short walk from Waterloo Station. So on a Saturday night on the way home it (sort of) hits the spot. Only sort of, though, sadly; the depth of spices in the dishes seems lacking. Don’t get me wrong it was okay. But I don’t want okay, I want ‘bloody hell that was tasty’.
It’s lively that’s for sure, thanks to the chirpiness of the passing trade that’s had a good night, out but the Tandoori Butter Chicken (£8.95) wasn’t quite rich and indulgent enough, which is a shame as it’s an occasional treat dish away from the usual ‘must try something new’ feeling. I don’t mind being disappointed with an untried dish but surely a classic should hit the spot everytime?
The Lamb Madras (£6.95) was decent enough as was the cauliflower and spinach side dish, and thumbs up to the chef for making it even though it wasn’t on the menu. But best of all was the mixed pickle. Ideal for popadoms obviously, but great to spice up (slightly) disappointing dishes too.
66 The Cut, South Bank London, SE1 8LL . Tel: 020 7928 1286/5280. Open: daily noon–2.30pm and 5.30pm–11.30pm.
Spice of India snapshot
Food ① ②
Decor ① ② ③
Value ① ② ③
Atmosphere (Saturday night) ① ② ③
Service and friendliness ① ② ③