Here, you won't find any of those Westernised half-curry-half-rice dishes they serve up at your typical Indian take-away.
What you will find is lovely service, low prices and a menu of delightfully exotic meals that will send your tastebuds on a journey through the blend and burst of sweet, sour, creamy and spicy, that defines traditional Indian cuisine.
Dosa w/ lentil soup
Last time I ate there, I had a dosa (large rice pancake) with lentil soup and hummus dip. Sounds very simplistic – but the flavour! I ate with my hands, the traditional Indian style, tearing off some dosa and dipping it into the hummus and lentil soup. The dosa was crip and light, and the cool, fresh hummus contrasted perfectly with spiciness of the rich lentil soup.
I should also point out that Spice Valley is a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant… one that obliterates the assumption that meals without meat are plain or not as filling. In fact, it's my meat-loving boyfriend who's usually the one to say "let's go to Spice Valley tonight".
Aside from providing delicious meals, the owners and chefs at Spice Valley frequently host Nundah State School excursions, inviting schoolchildren to come and experience Indian traditions, cooking and cuisine.
And for those who want to try the delicious cuisines at home, Spice Valley also has a grocery store attached. It stocks Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi groceries and spices.
The place is small, so seating for over five people could be problematic (you'd have to sit at two separate tables). But I'd absolutely recommend this place for a date or family dinner.