Indian and South Asian
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.