New South Wales
We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to delicious dinner spots on the North Shore, but when you find something that’s as outstanding as Spice Theory, you just have to share! NSM Discoverer Emma Bannouri explains why Spice Theory had her at “Masala Dosa”!
I’m always on the hunt for a good Indian restaurant and last Saturday our family had the pleasure of dining at the recently opened Spice Theory in Turramurra.
Spice Theory is located in the Turramurra Arcade on the Pacific Highway, which makes it incredibly easy to get to- it’s an easy walk from Turramurra station, it’s on the bus line plus there’s parking out the back on Gilroy Lane, so you can’t go wrong.
But once inside, the ornate decor, which is designed by Ami Vakharia, is tastefully done in modern dark tones with gold highlights, takes you into an elegant and warm place where you forget the world outside.
On arrival, we’re greeted warmly by the staff and seated at a comfortable booth. The service is welcoming and executed perfectly. Even as we perused the menu, we were presented with papadams and mint chutney to nibble on, which helpfully kept the kids busy for a few moments while we chose between the extensive and delicious-sounding dishes.
We got chatting to the owner Kailash and he told us this is his 9th Indian restaurant having been in business for over 30 years. He gave us some recommendations from the menu explaining a few of their specialities and some non-spicy options for the kids.
The menu features a range of classic Indian dishes with a few interesting ‘signature dishes’ that you don’t usually see. There is a good mix of meat, seafood and vegetarian options to choose from and they also have two banquet options if your dining in a group or feel like trying a little bit of everything.
They have a selection of local red & white wines available, Kingfisher & Cobra beers and mango lassi’s to keep with kids happy – they are also BYO.
I feel like you can judge how good an Indian restaurant is by the quality of their samosa and the crispy, fragrant little parcels we had for entree did not disappoint. We were also recommended to try the masala dosa which is a crispy pancake filled with lightly spiced potatoes – the kids enjoyed this one a lot.
For mains we ordered Butter Chicken ($19.50) for the kids and for mains there were Konkan Prawns or Fish Moilee ($19.50). We teamed this with Cheese Naan ($4) and Steamed Rice ($3). Miss 5 happily asked for a second plate of butter chicken and rice and Miss 3 had a whole naan to herself!
The kids normally get a treat when we go out for dinner so we all shared a Rose Panna Cotta ($6) for dessert. It was quite rich and more like a thick custard infused with rosewater but was a nice way to end our meal.
I was a little bit nervous taking the kids to Indian for the first time as we normally save this kind of cuisine for date nights, but was pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed the food.
The restaurant was modern but casual enough that we didn’t feel uncomfortable taking two little kids out for dinner on a Saturday night. Although we didn’t use them they also had highchairs available and enough room to accommodate prams.
Disclaimer: Our reviewer was provided with a free meal for her family in return for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are her own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.