While it may look unassuming, The Spice Route along Days Road is a great place to enjoy yummy Indian dishes, some of which are quite unique. Service was quite efficient, with our dishes not taking long to arrive after we have placed our orders.
We liked the Bhuna Gosht because it featured a generous amount of beef that was tender enough to be cut with a spoon. The spiciness of the curry gravy should be suitable for most tastes. While not mentioned in the menu, eggplant was included in the dish for extra texture. For those that prefer it, this dish can be prepared with lamb instead of beef.
Bhuna Gosht (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Onion & Spinach Baiji served here is one of the tastiest we have tried in Adelaide, with a lovely crunch and a good amount of spiced flavour. The spinach included in the batter added extra flavour and a drizzling of tamarind sauce made them particularly moreish. While delicious enough on its own, you can dip the Onion Baiji in the green chutney provided for extra flavour.
Onion & Spinach Baiji (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The Spice Route is currently the only place we are aware of that offers Chaat, an Indian street food that typically consists of fried dough and other ingredients. The crushed samosas that are featured in Samosa Chaat were fried to golden brown and the potato filling still retained a bit of bite. It was nicely complemented by cucumbers and tomatoes, and the raita and tamarind sauce brought everything together.
Samosa Chaat (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
It may not look like it at first but their Chicken Biryani had a generous amount of chicken which was cooked just right. The rice had a light texture and a lovely spiced flavour. There is also a version which uses beef instead. The beef was as tender as the one in their curries.
Chicken Biryani (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Beef Biryani (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Spice Route's Tandoori Experience is a good way to try their various Tandoori dishes. This dish features two serves each of Chicken Tikka, Andaman Island Fish, Tandoori King Prawns and Seekh Kebab. The Chicken Tikka was very juicy and the prawns were perfectly cooked. Their Andaman Island Fish was done well, with tender flesh set off nicely by the crumb coating. Due to the Seekh Kebab being sold out when we ordered the dish, we got an extra serve of chicken and fish.
Tandoori Experience (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A notable aspect of the Mushroom Masala was the big slices of mushrooms. The mushrooms had a nice bite and chunks of capsicum provided a bit of sweetness. The masala sauce lifted the flavour of the mushrooms without making it too spicy.
Mushroom Masala (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The eggplant in the Bagara Baingan still retained a bit of bite and also imparted a hint of smoky flavour to the curry. The use of green cardamom in the gravy was what gave the curry its distinctive flavour and the dried chillies added a bit of heat.
Bagara Baingan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something a bit on the milder side, there is the Goan Fish. The chunks of fish were of a good size and the gravy had a bit of sweet taste to it. This dish can be prepared with prawns instead of fish.
Goan Fish (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For a dish listed as an entrée, the portion size of the Chilli Squid was big enough to be shared. The fried squid rings were not chewy and slices of green chillies provided a spicy kick. A drizzling of mango dressing balanced things out with its sweet flavour.
Chilli Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of the more unique sides that can be ordered to accompany your meal, the Jeera Rice was light and fluffy, with the cumin imparting a slight spiced flavour to the dish. Their more normal side dishes were no less enjoyable either. Their Plain Naan, Garlic Naan and Pappadums were all delicious. The Pappadums notably had a bit of spice sprinkled over it for extra flavour.
Jerra Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Plain and Garlic Naan (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Pappadums (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While most customers opt for takeaway, there are a few tables in the restaurant for those that decide to dine in. Free delivery is available for those within a 5km radius of the restaurant if their total order is at least $25.