Indie Spice in Belfast was the first restaurant to be opened by Tariq Salahuddin in 1999. They have been serving food for a combined 25 years and have certainly perfected everything now ensuring that you have the best experience of Indian food when you visit any of their four locations.
Indie Spice is located in the heart of the city and very close to the Lyric Theatre. On arrival we were seated at our table and given nibbles of poppadoms and a selection of dips while reading the extensive menu and wine list. Indie Spice use whole spices in their kitchens, which they personally grind and then add chili proportionately – this to me is the difference between spicy and tasty. Here there is something for every palate, and to make it even simpler on the menu is graded from mild to very, very hot and everything in between. There is also a large selection of vegetarian dishes and everything can be ‘Kid Sized’ making them very user friendly.
Only the freshest of ingredients are used and emat, fish and produce is locally sourced. All the food is homemade on the premises and only prepared at the time of order. The only dishes pre-prepared are those that need marinating over a period of time. The spring lamb is bought when in season and stored so that it is always available. We tried a spread of dishes, for the medium to hot and recommend the spiced squid with garlic and ginger paste and the king prawn Puri to start. For mains some of the specialities are good, including the Mugh Kadani – whole chicken cooked barbeque style, the mild lamb Badami and the lamb Dhansak is exactly as it should be.
The attention to detail was noticeable in lots of different areas from the presentation of the food to the recipes on the side of the place mats. We took these home and will definitely try them out.
The wine list is also extensive and doesn’t stop only at wines but also has a nice selection of champagnes for that special occasion and very is reasonably priced from €29.95 while their very own cocktail list if you are feeling a bit more adventurous.
Also, don’t forget the next time you are ordering in, look at Indie at home.