The name Spice Bazaar typically means Indian food but what kind of food do they serve was the thought when I walked in here to catch up with my buddies. Being a food enthusiast, I am always open to trying new places especially when I knew that this restaurant is part of the same group that own Rice Bowl which was a haunt of mine earlier.
The restaurant is located in the heart of the city on Lavelle road and is housed on the roof top of the Southern Star hotel. The roof top ambience is a sure fire winner especially during the winter season where the weather and view makes one walk in and settle with a smile.
The decor screams Indian thanks to the Indianized furniture and artefacts across the restaurant. The ambience is understated yet just right. At one end, they have a small bar as well the buffet spread.
We were a group of 9, all foodies who wanted to chill out at the same time enjoy a good meal together. As expected we started with a round of drinks, a combination of mocktails and cocktails. I settled for a Cucumber cooler which turned out refreshing. A few notable drinks ordered by my friends were the Saffron Colada and Fire & Ice, both of which were quite interesting and well liked.
The buffet spread consisted of 4 Veg, 4 Non veg starters along with chaats, soups and salads to begin with. The starters we were served that day were excellent and we truly enjoyed them. Though I love my non veg starters, their Malai Paneer was soft and delicious. The Tandoori Potatoes were well marinated and a good starter. The best starter among the vegetarian options were the Grilled Pineapple which oozed flavours unimaginable.
The Fish Pakodas though more of a fried dish encased in a batter did not ooze oil and we relished it. We also tried the Chicken starter as well as the Sheekh Kebab which had that extra spicy crunch thanks to the green chilly in the centre.
Their chaats are very well prepared and to be missed. After a heavy start of appetizers, I decided to skip the soup though a few friends did try the soup and liked it.
I decided to jump directly to the main course, where I had preselected what I would be having during my initial walk around the buffet spread. My favourites from this course were the Dal Makhani, Kadai Paneer and the best – Aloo Kali Mirchi which was so good that I couldn’t stop at one serving. The Mutton biryani has all the right flavours for my taste.
Desserts are hard to miss here as they occupy the centre of attention of the buffet. A combination of some indian sweets and pastries, it was a perfect way to end our meal.
Spice Bazaar is a treat for all who love Indian food and their buffet is definitely value for money.
Price – Monday to Sunday
Rs.499 /- ++ (Lunch)
Rs.599/- ++ (Dinner)