Spice Lounge

Spice Lounge

Indian and South Asian

0.5 miles
193 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7AR
Banbury Road is one of the main arteries into and out of central Oxford, and somewhere in the middle is Summertown with its slew of shops and restaurants; one of which is the sumptuous Spice Lounge. Its decor is beautifully and deftly designed in two-tone coffee, its lighting perfectly pitched between subdued and sparkling. Pale wooden doors and KD Lather's exuberant artwork evoke India's flavours, hues and temperature. Each dark wood table is punctuated with a red rose, and my guest and I enjoyed popadoms, served with a selection of salad and sauces including mango and tamarind.

It isn't just the tastebuds and visual senses that are awakened here - delicate tones of Indian music gently waft around the place like aural perfume. The starter for me was a labra kebab; an artistic dish of onion bhaji with a concoction of chicken and lamb tikka on a bed of light vegetables, served on a square plate imbued by mint and garlic sauce. The dish was decorated like an Indian sunrise.

On to the main, and I opted for a fish dish, the maachli podina to be precise. The dish originated from the southern province of Kerala and throws together the ayre fish with a mixture of mint, ginger and herbs. I coupled it with a lembhu (lemon fragranced) rice, lacha paratha (butter-fried bread), and another Martini, after which I was well and truly full to the brim - or was I' 'Are you ready for dessert?' asked one of the young waiters. My heart said profiteroles, but my more adventurous spirit suggested something altogether more Indian - a mango and coconut sorbet topped by raspberry, kiwi fruit and lychee. This housed a hidden meringue and was accompanied by a sweet strawberry syrup.

The Spice Lounge serves excellence in terms of food, service and atmosphere. As I was leaving, the owner mentioned that the building had previously been a jewellers. The jewels are still there, but they speak a different dialect - of an India that is affordable and sweet enough to eat.
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Tues:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Weds:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Thurs:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Sat:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm
Sun:12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm

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