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Published September 30th 2014
One of 'Little India's' highlight restaurants
Namaste readers. You may or may not have read my previous article on Harris Park - which is pretty much Sydney's Little India; where you will find an array of Indian places to wine and dine at a budget cost.
I thought I'd pick out one of my preferred/ favourites out of the lot and expand on it a little since I seem to end up there more often than not when I do go to eat out in Harris Park to satisfy my curry cravings.
The restaurant is called 'Spice of Life' and so far it has never let me down. I tend to choose this place amongst the many others in Harris Park for a few reasons, especially when I bring newbies with me because I know its safe, sanitary and for when I'm with my non -vegetarian friends, there are meat options as well.
The only times that I don't choose to go to 'Spice of Life' is when I feel like eating 'chaat' - a variety of street type of dishes originating from Bombay; that's probably the biggest disappointment with this particular restaurant as it doesn't serve chaat on its menu.
One of my favourite Indian curries that I inevitably end up eating almost every time I go out is malai kofta and I can safely comment that they do this dish quite well.
Last time I went there with a friend, we ended up sharing the masala dosa. It's a very large crepe made with rice and filled with a potato curry. This particular time, I found this dish to be not as crispy and crunchy as it should've been perhaps, being a little soft - it still tasted okay though.
My companion also ended up ordering a thali (being one way to sample a variety of dishes in one go) - a thali (available in vegetarian and non vegetarian varieties) is essentially a large plate, with several curries, bread, rice, and side dishes including dessert in one - for a budget price of about $10. Therefore it is a great way to try a bunch of things for a small price and especially great when you don't really know what you want or can't decide.
So I generally find 'Spice of Life' spacious, appears pretty clean especially the restrooms (can't say the same for many of the other restaurants in Harris Park), well lit with pleasant staff and private rooms for hire too for special occasions. Parking is on the street however - as is for all of these restaurants - so first come first serve really, but you will generally manage to find something as the turnover is pretty high and the locals in the area tend to eat pretty late.