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“Average”
Review of The Spice Room

The Spice Room
Ranked #42 of 258 Restaurants in Queenstown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: We offer, melt in your mouth authentic Indian cuisine, including fresh salads, delicate kebabs and delicious curries and naan breads. Also soak in the view from our restaurant on the 1st floor, offering the remarkables and Walter peak. Perfect for bigger groups (Large separate dinning area), intimate dinning and takeaways.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Average”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

Whilst in Queenstown we really fancied Indian food so chose here based on it being the highest rating Indian Restaurant on TA.......hmmmmmm!

Overall I'd rate it as pretty average and not sure I'd recommend it, if this is the best Queenstown has to offer I'd perhaps do without next time.

We shared the tandoori mix grill to start, it was presented sizzling on a grill plate and smelled delicious. However, it was smaller than I expected and where some items seriously lacked seasoning, others were over salted.

Our 2 main curries were the Fish Malabari & Goat Nawabi. The Malabari sauce was just as expected and the fish was well cooked. The goat dish was a strange one, the pieces of goat ranged from meltingly tender to chewy & fatty, the curry sauce was nice enough but had no real depth - the overriding flavour being cardamom. We had garlic naan breads which would have benefit from a light brushing of oil as the garlic was dry.

Overall ok, but wouldn't return.

  • Visited September 2013
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6 Thank LulaBird
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Abhishek S, Owner at The Spice Room, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Hello Lulabird

Thank you for visiting our restaurant and giving a feedback.
This gives us an opportunity to look at things from your perspective, though I am dissapointed it did not really go as per plan.
We have had discussion with our chefs regarding seasoning on your platter and the Goat meat and there were a couple of issues which are now rectified.
We would love for you to us another chance and improve on our last showing.

Kind regards
Abhishek
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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
1 review
“The place were to experience amazing taste of Indian food”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

We have lived in Queenstown now for almost 2 years! And there is no other place we would go for dinner out to enjoy taste of Indian food!

The best service, the best food, the best atmosphere , the best…. Highly recommended everybody this lovely place!

If you come to Queenstown for holidays, definitely place to stop by for lunch or dinner!

p.s. Many thanks to Spice Room staff!

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Laura R
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“OMG another favorite Indian restaurant :-)”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

We eat a lot of Indian and always visit restaurants around new Zealand to enjoy and compare. The entrees were world class and the first venison curry i have had 10\10 and the scallops and prawns were extra generous. to full for desert and service was excellent. only negative was i normally order median to hot and one dish was a little mild so if you like it got ask for hot. 9.5 out of 10. signed Neil Heron-Rangiora

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Indianjunky
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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Soooo delicious”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you like Indian food you will absolutely love this place. Really flavoursome and delicious. Can't wait till my next visit

Visited September 2013
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Thank 26Jackie26
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
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“Worst Indian food ever”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

The Menu was a give away, it described a Madras curry as a mild curry with coconut cream???? We were asked if we wanted our spice level as NZ Hot or Indian Hot? Coming from Singapore and being avid fans of Indian food and being in an indian restaurantwe opted for Indian hot. Had we known that this meant the chef would dump a lot of extry chilli powder into an already cooked curry so that the chilli powder was not cooked in, could be tasted and even felt in texture we would have declined. The Naan and roti looked the same and all 3 curries we had seemed to have the same sauce. Anyone who rates the food here as good has never had a decent curry. The decor was also weird, totally lacking in atmosphere and the service while friendly was indifferent and a little clueless. Overall I would reccomend that you avoid. I don't know where the people who rate this people as good ate but we were clearly in a different restaurant!

Visited September 2013
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Abhishek S, Owner at The Spice Room, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Hello larissamurphy

I am disappointed that you felt let down by the meal at our restaurant. We have taken your complaints on board and will look towards improving our standards.
Again apologies for for not meeting your mark.

Kind regards
Abhishek S
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