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“4 stars for food but watch out for mega-scam”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Pinch of Spice

Pinch of Spice
Ranked #6 of 272 Restaurants in Agra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Description: Pinch of Spice is an exclusive fine dining restaurant.
Princeton, New Jersey
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“4 stars for food but watch out for mega-scam”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

This is a good restaurant in Agra's busiest hotel district. It is crammed with locals and the food is very good ---similar to the good restaurants you might find in the major metropolitan areas.

Now for the downside. The restaurant charges tourists twice what they charge the locals.
There are two menus at the front, one with prices 2x those on the other. They size you up before deciding which one to give you.

I discovered this scam because I am Indian and my wife is German, so probably some waiter got confused about which "category" we fell in. After we had our main courses, I asked for the menu again to order a dessert and the waiter (different from our main waiter) gave me the "wrong" menu by mistake.

Seeing the half prices, I asked the Indian family at the next table ((in Hindi of course) if I could look at the menu they had been given, and sure enough the prices there were half too!

I called the manager who apologized profusely and said I had been given an "old menu" by mistake and reduced my entire bill to half (from about $70 to $35). This is bull of course because the Indian family at the next table was ordering from the half-off menu as well. Also inflation in India is modest and the restaurant is anyway fairly new.

So watch out. If $70 seems like a fair price for a meal (for 3) ---not too different from what you would pay for similar food in New York---then eat here by all means. But be aware that the Indians at the next table will pay half.

Visited January 2011
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bristol
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food & staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2010

Very contemporary decor, stylish & modern. Excellent food although portions are large so its easy to over order!! Good value for money. Staff very friendly & helpful, with chef cooking in dining room. Only one disappointment, they only served soft drinks, no alcohol or tea/coffee.

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“good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2010

the place is nice all though at trifle expensive. the food is tasty none too spicy. we had the butter chicken and a mixed veg curry, the portions were quite large with right amount of spice in them. an area of improvement would be on their service! the waiters didn't seem well conversant with english and were not able to differentiate between fresh lime water with salt meant adding no sugar!! overall it was a very good experience.

Chandan

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London
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“Great Value, Amazing Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2010

This was our first trip to India and from advice from our local Agra guide we went for Dinner at 'Pinch of Spice'. The restaurant is centrally located and all taxi drivers seemed to know where it was. The service was excellent throughout and they even changed the TV channel to play the Tottenham Football match on ESPN on request from one of our party!

There portions were enormous and the food was absolutely fantastic, including the endless supply of delicious breads! I would thoroughly recommend trying one of the vegetation dishes as there is far more choice than in England.

Definite one to chose. Delicious!

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Toronto, Canada
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“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2010

Our visit was a memorable one reason being It was our first trip to India with the whole family and all liked the food was very tatsy .We all chose vegetarian dishes for some reason and that was a good choice we all made .
I normally dont go on web sites and This restaurant was worth writing for. Only one thing I can suggest is to keep cooking the same way providing Quality food and serve the humanity,


Nayeem Mohammed

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