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The Spice Route

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Janpath Lane, Tolstoy Road | Imperial Hotel, New Delhi 110001, India
11-41116605
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 50
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very very good but not the very best

Conde Nast listed this as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. While I had a very good meal and the atmosphere was superb, it didn't quite rise to that level for me

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Dunellen, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Conde Nast listed this as one of the top 10 restaurants in the world. While I had a very good meal and the atmosphere was superb, it didn't quite rise to that level for me

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Milwaukee, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Walking into the Spice Route is a sensory overload! It is absolutely gorgeous, and each room of the restaurant has a different theme. Be sure to ask your waiter to take you on a tour of the restaurant and explain the different rooms to you. The food was outstanding! We had prawns for a starter, they were fantastic. Main courses... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Where to begin... the restaurant is just stunning. Created by a famous Indian designer, it took 7 years to build. There are nine rooms, each said to correspond to a stage of the "journey of life." Artists were brought in from Kerala to paint the murals, using natural vegetable dyes. It's a wonder to behold, a feast for the eyes.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here for the last 15 years and confidently go saying that this place has the best South East Asian cuisune in India. However just got back from dinner and have to say that is the worst meal I have had in a long time. The Phad Thai was greasy and awful, I make better myself; the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Impressive setting, and the staff looked after us. We opted for the tasting menu thinking this would let us try the chef's specialities. The food was ok, but unimpressive, we also could have done much better for 1/10th the price back in Australia. If you are staying at the Hotel, which is fantastic, I'd suggest you have a look at... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This restaurant has some of the most stunningly beautiful decor that we've ever seen. The artifacts, murals, and just the overall atmosphere of the place is amazing. The food was fantastic too: we tried the tasting menu and were raving over the Thai specialties they offered. The service was quite good, and the manager gave us a tour of the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were told by others we had to eat here whilst staying at the hotel and so had booked it months in advance. What a disappointment. Okay so the setting itself when you walk in is amazing with the room divided into segments so each party has their own space. But oh dear the food - maybe all the expense... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Yes, the atmosphere is beautiful and the service is adequate...but why and how people rave on about the great food puzzles me. My husband had the duck which was dried out and uninspired in its presentation and flavour. I had stir fried chicken with vegetables. Again, dried out chicken and flavourless sauce. This was accompanied by an order of jasmine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The food was, unsurprisingly, delicious, but the atmosphere is what really makes this place worth going to. From the pillared entrance to the "coupes corner" where we sat in the dim warm light, this restaurant is truly a marvel. The service is also excellent (and not hypervigilant, as I found it to be in many restaurants in India). It is,... More 

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VWanchoo, Sr. Exec. Vice President & General Manager at The Spice Route, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am delighted to note that you had a wonderful dining experience at The Spice Route. Your positive comments about the food, service and ambience are a source of great motivation for the team. Thank you once again. We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Vijay Wanchoo Sr. Exec. Vice President... More 

Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Located in Imperial hotel in Delhi This restaurant is wonderful. The service, the food, the ambiance and moreover the decoration which illustrates a part of Hindouism culture. After an explanation of 10mn done by the chief of service about the construction and decoration of the restaurant, you will choose your table based on what the ambiance should inspire to you.... More 

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VWanchoo, Sr. Exec. Vice President & General Manager at The Spice Route, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am delighted to note that you had a wonderful dining experience at The Spice Route. Your positive comments about the food, service and ambience are a source of great motivation for the team. Thank you once again. We value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards, Vijay Wanchoo Sr. Exec. Vice President... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Janpath Lane, Tolstoy Road | Imperial Hotel, New Delhi 110001, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  National Capital Territory of Delhi  >  New Delhi
  • Phone Number: 11-41116605

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 100
  • Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Thai

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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