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“A touch of spice” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spice Island Restaurant

Spice Island Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$31
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: There is no doubt that most visitors to Spice Island return again and again to sample its outstanding cuisine. Fine food is one of life's most exquisite pleasures - for you to enjoy and savour whenever possible. Such is the philosophy of the Spice Island restaurant, with Head Chef Babul Miah taking great care, pride and satisfaction in creating the finest cuisine.The Menu takes you on a journey across the different regions of Indian Subcontinent to present a superb combination of vibrant dishes. And from the many regional variations of Indian cooking that provide a wide choice of cooking styles, Babul has matched each dish with a style to bring out the distinct flavours and fragrances of the dish to tantalise the senses.Spice Island is situated in the heart of Barnard Castle and was established in 1995. The site was completely transformed in May 2006, the designer interior strikes the right balance between contemporary and informal, overall the effect is tranquil and completely relaxing.Spice Island Manager Zak Ahmed and his staff are passionate about their work. Their knowledge and experience combine to create a unique establishment.
Essex, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“A touch of spice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

One of the tastiest Indian meals I have had in the UK and I've eaten a few ! An interesting menu with several dishes I haven't seen offered in other restaurants. The portions were generous; I took home what I couldn't eat. The staff were pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. The ambience is modern but atmosphere created with Indian music playing in the background.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Superb restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was our second visit and will certainly not be our last. The choice was excellent and the food delicious - the meat was tasty and gloriously tender. What really made the evening so good, however, was the friendly and attentive service we received. Any special requests were met and the dishes were explained to us so we did not end up with dishes that were too spicy or too bland for individual palates. First rate!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lizhewlett
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Excellent Service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

We called in here after viewing a flyer in Richmond while on a short break. The staff were very friendly and helpful. After searching through a huge menu of tasty sounding food we ordered starters and a main. The atmosphere was excellent and our food soon arrived. We were not disappointed, it was one of the best Indians we had every had and the pancake on top of the rice was a bonus! It was so Tasty and we would definitely recommend

Also free WIFI - password is the Restaurant phone number

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 2014Beata
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Very disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

Having read other reviews, we expected this restaurant to be really good. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. The staff were friendly, but service was extremely slow. We ordered lamb dishes from their special menu. The lamb in both dishes was chunks of very hard meat, which was tasteless and unpleasant. My husband left three quarters of his dish. At least the sauce in my meal was tasty. Even the stuffed paratha was disappointing. We did enjoy the poppadoms and pickles, but that's all. Sorry, but we couldn't recommend this restaurant.

Visited July 2014
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Stanwick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Empty restaurant but still poor service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We went in on a very quiet wednesday evening and there was only one other table in use but we were told we could not use your Gourmet society card as we had not pre booked and they were busy.

It took ages for them to take our order. Coming from Bradford the curry was not of the standard we are used to and it was quite bland. The lamb was tough and chewy and it was expensive for what it is.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pauline O
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