Review: Beach Views and Indian Flavors at Spice Restaurant on the North Coast of KZN

The Spice Restaurant is the brainchild of husband and wife team Russell and Linda Burger and has been a favorite of the Durban food scene since 2003. After spending years in the grand old house on Windermere Road in Morningside, the Indo Restaurant -continental has moved. at the Bali Hai Beach Building in Westbrook, Tongaat. The space offers some of the best sea views along the coast, paired with interesting oriental flavors merged with a familiar European touch. Eat Out reviewer Nikita Buxton heads to this seaside spot for an extended spice lunch.

The restaurant's new location in Westbrook, Tongaat offers some of the best sea views along the Durban coast.  Photo provided.

The restaurant’s new location in Westbrook, Tongaat offers some of the best sea views along the Durban coast. Photo provided.

Fast facts

Price: R125 on average for a main course
Serves: A fusion of Indian and Pakistani flavors with European touches
Best for: Tasty curry breakfasts on the sunny terrace
Car park: It can get very crowded on weekends, but there is usually room on the grassy sidewalks outside the restaurant
Number of stars: Food 5, service 4, ambiance 4

Food

Spice focuses on aromatic dishes with curries, grills, seafood, and even pasta dishes that have a touch of Indian influence. A pro tip would be to skip the appetizers to save space for hearty dishes, but if you’re really hungry the spicy tempura shrimp are juicy and the grilled calamari with avo, green chili and cilantro dressing and lime are light and refreshing.

A cocktail of fresh shrimp at Spice.  Photo provided.

The poppadom filled with shrimp and avocado. Photo provided.

The main dishes are certainly the curry dishes. Highlights include fiery shrimp curry with a robust sauce generously loaded with plump prawns; lamb curry with medium spices and boneless lamb falling apart; and tamarind fish curry served with fresh local fish, which has a sweet and sour taste of tamarind. The curries are served with a mound of perfectly cooked basmati rice, a crispy poppadum and a selection of soothing sambals. If you’re looking for a little less spiciness, opt for the superb tender Balti Chicken stuffed with Cajun shrimp and served with a mild curry cream.

One of the most remarkable curry dishes.  Photo provided.

One of the most remarkable curry dishes. Photo provided.

The portions are generous and it is usually (almost) impossible to fit into a dessert. If your sweet tooth is calling you, coffee crème brûlée is a classic choice, or try the refreshing seasonal sorbet with slivered mint leaves, ideal after a heat-filled feast.

Drinks

There is a good selection of wines, bubbles and beers perfect with spices.

Service

Friendly and efficient. Spice owners Russell and Linda make sure everyone is happy.

A meat dish at Spice.  Photo provided.

A meat dish at Spice. Photo provided.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is spacious and bathed in light. Pale green walls, touches of wood, and palm leaves lend a Balinese feel. The wrap-around doors offer a view of the sea, but the privileged position is the sunny deck.

The interior.  Photo provided.

The interior. Photo provided.

And…

Spice also has a light menu with easy going options like spicy fish cakes, chicken salad, and a poppadum filled with shrimp and avo.

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