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“Back in Wanaka and Back to The Spice Room”
Review of The Spice Room

The Spice Room
Ranked #7 of 85 Restaurants in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$20
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The Spice Room is an exciting new Indian Restaurant and Lounge, with a fresh and healthy take on authentic Indian flavours. Warm up next to the big fire in the lounge with eclectic Indian snacks, salads and curries. Or relax and dine in with our affordable wine and cocktail list. The menu has been designed keeping in mind the authentic favors of India along with the diversity of various dishes, there is a lot of emphasis given on home style Indian cooking which is uncomplicated, yet brings out the favors for which Indian cuisine is so popular.With over 25 years of collective experience in the kitchen, you can be rest assured that you are going to be treated to the finest that Indian cuisine has to offer.
Sydney, Australia
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“Back in Wanaka and Back to The Spice Room”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Tonight I returned to The Spice Room (a favorite haunt in Wanaka). On offer tonight was 'Shank Delight', the Spice Room's signature dish in the Wanaka Festival's competition.

The description perfectly matched what arrived on the table:
'Succulent and tender Otago Lamb shank, lying on a luxurious bed of red and green pepper, roasted cumin, buttery mashed potato; accompanied with a side of tongue tingling sweet chilli yogurt and a steamy baby peas pilaf'.

I was guided to match it with the current release of the Terra Sancta Mysterious Diggings Pinot Noir.

The Indian take on the tried and true lamb shanks with mashed potato, was a culinary delight. The presentation is intriguing, leaving the diner a myriad ways to combine flavors and textures. The meat fell easily from the bone, the delicately flavored sauce pointed to the Indian influences in the dish. The pilaf was bright, light and fresh and was both a flavor experience in its own right and great in combination with lamb and the sauce.

The sweet chilli yogurt had a delightfully delayed tingle.

Even with the complexity of the flavors in the dish, the Terra Sancta pinot noir was a very successful match. With strong cherry and red fruit notes to the nose, a full and satisfying mouth feel and silky tannins on the finish, it has the body need for such a robust dish.

Hard to fault.

  • Visited October 2013
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“exceeds expectations”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We have been going to Wanaka every February for the past several years for a stay of a week to 10 days and never fail to to eat at lest twice in this family run restaurant. Simple fresh excellently prepared and presented food at attractive prices. Top this with friendly and efficient service and you just can't get better in Wanaka. Just a treat!

  • Visited February 2013
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Absolutely Outstanding”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

Food was amazing and reasonably priced. The service was impeccable. The best service I have had at any restaurant. Warm and courteous service. We were given free desert for our anniversary which was an added bonus!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Friendly and inviting”
Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

At first I thought it was a bit pricey thought after eating their food it was money well spent. The proprietor was very friendly and they had a very comfortable area to wait for your takeaway.

  • Visited September 2013
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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“Delicious meal”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

The meal was delicious, the staff were very efficient and friendly, and it was nice to come into the restaurant on a cold night and sit by a cozy gas fire.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Trish P
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