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“Food still brilliant. Service glacially slow!!”
Review of Rice & Spice

Rice & Spice
Ranked #26 of 358 Restaurants in Scarborough
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Yorkshire
Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Food still brilliant. Service glacially slow!!”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We had booked to take some friends to the Curry Leaf, having told them how good the food was. Arrived and ordered two starters and some poppadoms. Starters arriced in around 20 minutes, no poppadoms. Starters cleared, no poppadoms. Mains atarted arriving after another 20 minutes, no poppadoms. Mentioned this to the guy whio initally took our order, very apologetic, said they would now come free. Poppadoms arrive! No chutney etc. Main meals all very good. First waiter asks if we would like to see the dessert menu,. We say no but order more drinks. After half an hour, no drinks! Asked for bill. Waited longer than had expected for bill, and told second waiter food great, service appalling. He said sorry, they were busy. Would we like a complimentary bottle of wine? Explained that our friends had driven a good distance, and therefore a bottle of wine not a great idea. We finally paid the bill and left. Three hours after sitting down. Much of which spent waiting. Will buy their food from the Yazl Suhrabi shop, but doubt I'll return to the curry leaf.. what a shame

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English first
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

A different kind of 'curry house' specialising in southern Indian and Sri lankan food. Therefore a less extensive menu than most people might expect but much better for it! Excellent flavours and large portions result in a very good value and enjoyable meal. Would highly recommend it.

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Notts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Food and Friendly Staff”
Reviewed 13 April 2012

Following trip advisor recommendations we visited the Curry Leaf and were not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and it was obvious that they attract regulars as many were on first name terms. This wasn't a surprise when we had the food - for once you get a complete dishful of meat and not a few pieces in a tankful of sauce.

All the cooking was fast and of good quality which was welcomed as it was a busy night but staff were happy to keep checking and joking with us.

I would book ahead as the restaurant is not very big but this does make it intimate - better for a meal with friends or as a couple than a crash at the end of a pub crawl!

When we are in Scarborough next we will go again.

  • Visited April 2012
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Yorkshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Amazing!!!”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

My partner and I visited The Curry Leaf over Easter weekend after reading reviews on this site. Upon being seated and viewing the menu, my partner was worried as he didn't recognise many of the dishes. In the end we both went for the Chicken Thali. What a brilliant decision!

When the food came out there were a variety of dishes placed upon a tray with a banana leaf underneath. The waiter told us that if we emptied the mini dishes onto the leaf this would infuse the food with even more flavour. The result was the most amazing taste and every dish (there were about 8 or 9) was absolutely beautiful!

To follow we shared (the Thali was so filling!) the Mango Kulfi ice cream and this was also gorgeous! The staff were friendly and the owners who I assume are from Sri Lanka (where we discovered most of the dishes were from, hence why we didn't recognise them initially!) were very knowledgable about where the flavours orginated from.

All in all a truly fantastic experience and one I did not expect to have in Scarborough but maybe on holiday at a tropical island resort!

Book a table, I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

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London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful Sri Lankan food”
Reviewed 9 April 2012

I was very impressed with the Curry Leaf. The food was fantastic, very authentic Sri Lankan fare with all the fragrance and delicate flavours that many curries should have, but often lack. Living in London we have access to many good South Asian restaurants and this was truly one of the best we've ever had. Service was friendly and accommodating without too much fuss. All round a real treat....

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Thank jillmoles
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