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“Really excellent and authentic Keralan cuisine”
Review of Spiceberry - CLOSED

Spiceberry
Price range: US$14 - US$41
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Welcome to the world of spices. Spiceberry, located in the heart of Cardiff, promises a sophisticated yet totally ethnic experience. We, at ‘Spiceberry’, are proud to present to you the culinary pearls of Indian Cuisine, where delivering exciting flavors, fresh ingredients and exceptional service is our mission. Indian cuisine is a combination of exquisite tastes and Indian hospitality. It reflects a perfect blend of various cultures and generations. Known for it’s rich aroma and extensive use of exotic spices, Indian cuisine deploys a wide range of food preparation styles, cooking techniques and culinary presentations. Spiceberry takes Indian Cuisine to a new culinary level by contemporary presentations, while holding true to it’s traditional cooking. Spiceberry also serves exotic Malabari dishes from the God's Own Country- Kerala. The sense of authenticity is evident in Spiceberry’s atmosphere, where Indian art and culture is showcased in the nouvelle dining room.
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Like some of the other reviewers I only found out about Spiceberry through an Amazon offer as the restaurant is almost hidden up stairs on Caroline street, just oppossite Bistrot Pierre. Having really enjoyed the "offer" Taste of Kerala menu we came back again and are very glad we did. We had excellent food while on holiday in Kerala earlier this year, and Spiceberry is truly authentic and thankfully very different from most Indian restaurants (most are actually Bangladeshi, not Indian). Service was very good, although the restaurant was not at all busy, even on a Saturday night, which is puzzling, as it is so good. We had papadums with lovely chutneys and then for starters we had Masala grilled king prawns and Prawns with mustard seed and conconut - both superb. For mains we had Truck Stop Chicken and Malabar Kohzi chicken cuury - both cooked on the bone, and both excellent, and they were large portions. We enjoyed talking to Pramod who is a top chef and who takes such pride in his work. Prices are of course higher than a standard curry house but Spiceberry is way above standard in terms of quality - prices are not disimilar to the Mint and Mustard and I believe Spicebery is even better. I can absolutely recommend eating here.

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Thank CardiffZorro
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Booked this through an 'Introduction to Kerala Cuisine' Amazon local voucher, otherwise would never have spotted it hidden away upstairs on Caroline street.
The decor is restrained and un-pretentious, with the background music from Lalgudi Jayaramna (thanks Shazam) creating a relaxed atmosphere. We had a choice of meat or vegetarian set menu, opting for meat. Poppadoms were light and the dips tasted great, whetting our appetites. The starter was delicious Kerala fried chicken with chilli/garlic and mango/ginger chutneys, followed by a yellow Jeera Dal and Lamb Pepper Stew. The dal was a little bland but the lamb was the highlight, very creamy and perfectly tender. Desert was a small serve of Coconut and Mango ice-cream - both creamy and delicious.

We both thoroughly enjoyed the food, despite the Dal, and would definitely eat here again in the near future - the regular menu looked very reasonably priced, varied and the service was excellent. Go and try it!

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1  Thank pyrahna
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

Read the reviews on tripadvisor and went last Friday. What a lovely meal and different to the usual Indian restaurants we visit. We had the Truckstop Chicken, Pot Roast Beef and Swordfish Curry, which were all delicious. As pointed out in previous reviews, the mango dessert is stunning. The staff are very attentive and the chef came out to have a chat with us - they even brought us yoghurt when the curry got a bit hot.

All in all an excellent restaurant and we'll be booking again soon.

Thank you.

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1  Thank Gareth D
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

I eat out quite often and have never left a review for anywhere I have eaten before, but after visiting this restaurant Friday I felt I needed to leave review because we had such an amazing dining experience. The food was delious and so different from your typical Indian restaurant. The atmosphere was great and the chef even came out to talk to us. Would highly recommend to anyone who likes Indian food with a difference.

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2  Thank Nclew
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Having lived in Cardiff some 30 odd years ago, Caroline Street was famous for mostly all the wrong reasons. How times have changed. Tucked away above the endless parade of fast food outlets the Spiceberry ticked all our boxes.

We were in town for the Heineken cup finals and needed to find a good place, close to the Millennium stadium, that was open in the early part of the evening. I live in Switzerland where the choice of Indian Restaurants is bleak to say the least and I always look forward to a good curry when I'm back in the UK. I certainly wasn't disappointed.

The chef / operations director Pramod Nair remembered that we had travelled from Switzerland and he and his team made sure we had an excellent meal, served quickly to make sure we got to the rugby in good time. Ask for a window seat so you can look over the hustle and bustle of Caroline Street, always lively and more so on a rugby weekend.

The service provided by a delightful lass from Lancashire, was friendly and efficient and we thoroughly enjoyed the unusual Keralan cuisine on offer. As many have commented, it's a welcome change from the more traditional Bangladeshi food so typical in the UK. The rich flavors and fragrant blends of spices from Southern India were superb. The Malabar Aaturachi Ishtu (a peppery and highly spiced potato and lamb stew) was excellent and my partner enjoyed the Malabar Kozhi Curry (Chicken roasted in spices then served in Coconut milk with curry leaves). I will definitely be back the next time I'm in town. Don't miss it.

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1  Thank Hugh B
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