Mainstream Indian food, some good, some not
Restaurant: The Spice Room
Reviewer: Aalok Wadhwa | 1st February 2016 | Reviewer Rating (Out of 5) 3.50

Young Bhuvan Gureja is a hotel management professional with experience major Hotel chains. A year ago, he decided to jump in and decided to open his own north Indian fine dining restaurant catering to office goers in the vicinity. He has invited me to the restaurant for an extensive taste session.

Since I am not crazy about chicken or biryani, I rely on other's feedback to avoid any possible bias. So I have taken my old friend and Gurgaon Foodie Amit Rastogi with me to taste chicken dishes and biryani.

Let me share with you my assessment of food, by dividing the food I tasted into “good”, “competent but not memorable” and “missing the mark”. I start with the good category.

Chutney Martini (Rs 349) with homemade mint chutney, vermouth and gin is an enjoyable cocktail, not too sweet and deliciously tangy.

               Chutney Martini

Amit shares that Murg Angara Tikka (Rs 299) has a nice char and a smoky flavor. Narangi Paneer Tikka (Rs 299) is excellent because the quality of the paneer is good.


                                        Non veg and Veg Kebabs

Amit enjoys the Lucknawi Mutton Biryani (Rs 399) with perfectly cooked mutton. Aloo Kulcha (Rs 79) is soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Gulkand Ice-cream (Rs 99) is delicious with its floral notes.


                               Mutton Biryani

Among all that is competent but not memorable are Watermelon Mojito (Rs 349 where I have had better in Gurgaon. Mutton Seekh (Rs 349 is nice but could have a softer texture. Kastoori Mahi Tikka (Rs 349) is pleasant though the fish is Basa.

             Watermelon Mojito

Murg Latpata (Rs 299) tries to be different but the  gravy is average, though Bhuvan says this is one of the more popular dishes around. Bharwa Khumb (Rs 299) can be great with more mushrooms and less filling. Butter Chicken (Rs 349) gravy lacks depth of flavor.

                    Murg Latpata                                    Butter Chicken

The essential smokiness is missing in Dal Makhani (Rs 299): Palak Paneer (Rs 349) is ordinary though paneer is soft. Mix Veg Kalimirch (Rs 299) is pleasant but does not have the hit of pepper.

                 Palak Paneer                                        Veg Kalimirch

Some dishes unfortunately miss the mark. Fish Amritsari (Rs 349) with Basa is oversalted and overfried. Mutton Galawati Kebab (Rs 349) is dry inside and too burnt crisp outside, missing the mark totally.

                  Fish Amritsari                                       Galauti Kababs

The mutton pieces in Mutton Rara (Rs 399) are too tough to be eaten. There is nothing Goan at all in Goan Fish Curry (Rs 399). It is gluggy and pale yellow instead of its orange gravy.  Khasta Roti (Rs 69) is again too dry and more like a papad.

                  Rara Meat                                           Goan Fish Curry

The food at Spice Room is competent in parts, but improvement required in some of the dishes. Nevertheless if you are looking for a reasonably priced Indian restaurant, and if you are in the vicinity, this can be a decent option.


Please note: This review was done on an invitation from the restaurant to taste their food, and no bill was presented to the author. While the author assures you of objectivity, the review may be influenced by the personalized attention the author got.


Ratings (Out of 5)

Food: 3.0 | Ambience: 3.5 | Service: 3.5 | Value: 4.0 | Overall: 3.5

Meal for two: Rs.1300 | Alcohol: Yes | Credit Card: Yes | Wheel chair friendly: Yes

Address: Ground Floor, Tower 3, Vatika Buisness Park, Sohna Road, Gurgaon. Tel: +91 901-547-0109


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Restaurant Information
The Spice Room The Spice Room
Ground Floor, Tower 3, Vatika Buisness Park, Sohna Road, Gurgaon
Telephone: 011 33105765 view on a map
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight
Cuisine: North Indian
Average Price: Rs. 1200 - 1300