Welcome to the second restaurant review at Love Food Eat.
My husband and I used to enjoy eating out a lot. Other than grabbing a quick bite in simple south indian restaurants every day we also used to make sure to try most newly opened restaurants in town. After having a baby we started cooking more at home to eat healthier. Of course after starting a blog I cook so much that we have no option but to eat at home! Also my taste has changed a lot over the years. I can’t eat in any place anymore. Quality is very important to me and I don’t see it often in many restaurants. It doesn’t always have to be fine dining, I am happy eating even in a street side stall if the food is simple, honest and good. Also I feel like I am happier cooking my own food and eating at home.
Since restaurant review is not the main focus on my blog and since we don’t eat out in new restaurants often anymore, I haven’t’ had another review on my blog after the first one a few months ago. But recently I had a request from ‘Ibis Tech Park Bangalore’ to review their restaurant ‘Spice It’. I decided to dine at their flag ship multi cuisine restaurant which offers a unique mix of Indian, Oriental and European spices with a strong accent on South Indian cuisine.
Here’s what the restaurant has to say - “Spice It offers a unique opportunity to explore Indian, Oriental and European spices. It is an all day dining multi-cuisine restaurant with a strong accent on South Indian cuisine. The flavor of an International buffet-spread is complemented with an extensive a-la-carte menu serving dishes from across the Indian sub-continent. With the live cooking counters, diners have an option to customize their favorite dishes from the existing menu. They can choose vegetables and sauces and then watch the chefs whip up a special meal before their eyes. Hot and cold buffets are available. Enjoy the Chef’s recommendations and daily specials to channel the tastes of splendor with eclectic beverages to suit each dish.”
We went to spice it on a busy weekday for lunch. Since we live on the other end of the city, it took us a while to get there and it was way past our normal lunch time. We were starving! As we entered we saw a brightly lit, colorful lunch area fully packed with people. It was clearly the peak lunch hour and it looked like people from most neighboring corporate offices were here for Spice it’s lunch buffet. They have a weekday lunch buffet which costs Rs.499 which seemed to be a favorite among most customers.
After getting ourselves a table in the semi-private seating area which has big glass walls making it the perfect spot for photography, I took a small stroll through the buffet spread. There were the standards like the soups and the bread with some simple salads and appetizers. Then there were live counters were people were busy getting their ‘extra spicy’ noodles/rice and ‘made to order’ meat and vegetable dishes. Desserts looked simple yet very delicious. I moved further to the main course section which had a mix of both north indian and south indian delicacies from different parts of India.
Since we are not very big eaters we asked the chef to send us some of his best creations to begin with. Following a very refreshing Pineapple and Kiwi Juice, we had a big bowl of colorful ‘Kanjeevaram Idli Salad’ on the table first. It looked very interesting with fresh mixed lettuce, topped with a south indian tempering of mustard, dry red chili and curry leaves. Fresh pomegranate added a nice touch of color while the coconut mimicked fresh cheese on the salad. I liked everything about the salad except for the main focus idli itself. Since the idli was deep fried, it had soaked up a lot of oil and turned quite hard. While the crunch it added was good i wasn’t a fan of greasy idli ‘crouton’ flavor in it. Next came the ‘Mushroom Peanut Vada’. I really enjoyed these crisp on the outside, soft inside deep fried vadas as they were full of herbs and spices without overpowering the mushroom and peanut flavors. Tamarind Chutney that it came with was a great accompaniment. We then had classics like some ‘Zaffrani Paneer Tikka’ and some chicken starters which were done pretty well. My daughter loved the Pita Bread with their Hummus as it was perfect for her little fingers. To me personally the pita was a tad bit oily (though nice and crunchy) but the hummus was perfectly creamy and delicious complete with a nice sprinkling of Za’atar on top.
While the Thai Green Curry for main course was delicious being mild and fragrant, I loved the Spinach and Cheese Cannelloni! Just by tasting one dish I was pretty sure all their pastas will be great. Hubby tasted some chicken and fish dishes and particularly enjoyed Chicken Chettinad.
We also tried to sample as many dishes from the buffet spread as possible. My favorites were their vegetable salads, curd vada and some south indian curries.
Though by this time we were practically stuffed we had to try their desserts as they looked mouthwatering. I am not a fan of overly sweet desserts so I could only enjoy their Aztec Chocolate Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. My daughter and hubby enjoyed their Banana Ice Cream, Macarons, Berry Crumble, Chocolate Mousse and Pineapple Tart.
Over all I quite enjoyed the real spiced up fusion food at ‘Spice It’. Will I dine there often? Probably not, considering we live really far away. But if was working in Sarjapur Road I would have definitely gone for their Rs.499 buffet which is great value meal. I found their A-la-carte menu a little on there pricier side but it is still probably a good bet considering it’s good food is served in classy interiors with comfortable seating as even fast food joints serving average food are not cheap anymore.Disclaimer – This is not a paid review, Love Food Eat dined there as ‘Spice it’s guest.