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DINING OUT - ENTERTAINMENT

Le Spice Restaurant

By Elle Faraday

Coming from the great curry capital of the world that is England, I am always pleased to come across a new Indian restaurant. This week, I had the pleasure of dining at Le Spice restaurant, which is located just off Chang Klan, in the centre of town.
The restaurant opens right out onto the street allowing those who are bored of their dining partnerís company the chance to participate in some quality people watching. This openness also allows the delightful smells from the kitchen to waft into the street, enticing hungry passers-by through the door.
The decor is very inviting with warm, rich colours of yellow, red and green. There are scenes from traditional Indian villages on the walls and a mezzanine looking over the restaurant. The staff was all very friendly from the moment we entered and despite the number of other people eating there, everyone received excellent service.
They have an enchanting garden out the back, and although we did not sit out there, I had a sneaky peak. It is reminiscent of gardens seen in fairy tales, complete with fairy lights. It is beautifully landscaped with palms, tropical plants and a stunning water feature.
We were seated at a table and given time to peruse the menu. The only alcohol on the list was bottled beer, so bear this in mind when you visit. I opted for a cooling mango shake, just in case any of the dishes were on the spicy side!
The choice was incredible. Thai dishes were fused with Indian ones, resulting in a whole host of delights. Meat dishes included beef, lamb or chicken, but there were also plenty of seafood choices as well as a wide variety of vegetarian options. The selections included usual favourites such as briyani (starting at just 70 baht), saag (from 60 baht), tandoori (from 70 baht) masala (from 95 baht), and a range of breads (starting at 30 baht). Vegetable dishes were also in abundance with aloo gobi, dahl makhani and mixed vegetables all featuring at 60 baht each. Thai dishes included stir fried beef with chilli (60 baht), steamed fish in ginger (80 baht), spicy squid salad (60 baht) and a range of traditional Thai soups.
I opted for a chicken dopiaza with saffron rice and a cheese naan. My partner went for lamb kebab (tandoori) with plain rice and a garlic naan. We had a serving of papadoms with home made dips to start. These were served immediately and a great way to start the meal.
The chicken was delicious, it literally melted in my mouth and the dopiaza sauce (a thick curry garnished with onions and chillies) was a perfect accompaniment. It was so flavoursome and I could well imagine that I was eating in Londonís famous Brick Lane. The cheese naan was, however, the biggest hit of the night. Their home made version of the traditional Indian bread was simply divine. The cheese melted into the centre of the bread and was ideal for mopping up the delicious sauces.
The lamb kebab was also exceptional. The flavours stood out and the meat was incredibly tender. A bit of meat wrapped in a piece of garlic naan was literally heavenly. We both cleared our plates in no time and were left with just enough room to fit in a dessert.
I opted for the home made ice cream (otherwise known as Kulfi) which is the chefís speciality and made with natural flavours. This was very creamy and totally moorish. My partner went for a roti with chocolate and banana - pure indulgence! (It also happened to go very well with the ice cream.) Again, incredibly tasty and a steal at just 15 baht.
Le Spice is open seven days a week and can be found on Charoenprathet Soi 6, which is just off the night bazaar and opposite one of the entrances to the new Kalare Centre. If you would like more information, you can contact the restaurant by calling 053 234 983, or by visiting their website at: www.le-spice.com



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