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The Spice of Life, Curry House

The Spice of Life Curry House, Lee High Road, Lewisham

So, much like The Dacre Arms, The Spice of Life is a lovely place, just outside Blackheath. I had to investigate, after seeing so many positive comments about the place, on this blog, and on loads of other web sites. Comments along the lines of “this is my favourite Indian restaurant, I’ve been going there for fifteen years, etc etc”.

So off we went on Thursday evening. And it wasn’t empty, but it was quiet. It was smaller than I expected, but very welcoming and friendly looking.. To be honest, the decor looked as though it hadn’t changed since the mid eighties, (which matched the music nicely). But who cares, because the food was absolutely first rate.

Delicious and light, not too fiery, a really nice blend of flavours. We’re not meat eaters, so can’t comment on that, but the saag paneer, and vegetable dopiaza were lovely, along with some pilau rice, a chipati, and some yoghurt. Great stuff.

They also had a very mysterious looking orange sauce with the poppadoms. When we asked, we were told that it was the chef’s own invention, and that it was based on carrots. And the whole lot came to £25.60 including drinks for two people. The only downside is that they don’t deliver (but you can pick up a take-away).

260 Lee High Rd
London, SE13 5PL
020 82444770

Google map here.

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Taste of Raj Restaurant

Taste of Raj restaurant, Blackheath

Tried the Taste of Raj for the first time the other night, and was pleasantly surprised! I think we’d avoided it for a while, as the Mountain View and Everest Inn were closer to us. Also, it always looked empty whenever I walked past, which is usually a bad sign.

But actually, it was much nicer than the food I’ve had from the other two curry places in Blackheath. Not so keen on the food at Mountain View, and the service at the Everest Inn tends to be a bit erratic.

I think the reason Taste of Raj always looks empty is due to a seating area towards the rear of the restaurant that isn’t visible from outside.

We had the (vegetarian) tandoori paneer, vegetable thali, poppadoms, and chipati, all of which were very nice, and probably too much for two people. We had a slightly dead-looking rose on our table, but the service was quick and helpful – our orders were scribbled down, and dropped into a drain-pipe next to the bar (which presumably goes to the kitchen!).

Anyway, a pleasant surprise – cheaper, more local, and more interesting than another Bombay Bicycle take-away.

9 Royal Parade, Blackheath Village, Blackheath London SE3.

Tel: 0181 244 2823.

Open from noon to 2.30pm – 6pm to Midnight all week. Google Map here.

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