Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT
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Area: Jumeirah Lake Towers
I live in an area called Jumeriah Lakes Towers (JLT), if you know it…you’ll know this: It’s jam-packed with amazing Indian restaurants. So, when word of mouth reached me about a new fancy curry house opening in an already heavily populated part of town, I wasn’t overly bothered. I have my favourites. Fish? Funkie Town, full-on vegetarian? Bikanervala (or Spice Kraft), something in-between and friendly on the wallet? Desi Inn. See…I’ve got it covered.
After one more ‘I really must go’ comment from friends, curiosity got the better of me and I booked a table to sample classic Indian dishes with a spot of molecular gastronomy. At this point I should also add there is an added bonus, unlike pretty much every other Indian eatery in JLT, Spice & Ice serves alcohol. You don’t need to be an alcoholic for this to be a game changer, the pleasure of having a beer or cocktail with your curry, takes this from being a local curry house to a ‘going out out’ option.
So, what did I think? Truth is…I loved it. Here's five reasons why…
- The molecular gastronomy table - Isn't it annoying when you poo poo something and it turns out to be amazing? Well the molecular gastronomy element of Spice & Ice is. It was one of the highlights. Chefs line the molecular demonstration table and talk you through each dish-cum-science experiment. Visually amazing and it tasted great.
We loved the green mango mousse served in pretty little egg shells, refreshing and tangy at the same time, the apricot and blue cheese canapés with fig and cranberry relish had us going back for seconds and then thirds. But best of all was the Dragon puff...what it tasted like or what it had in it...we have no idea, we were laughing too much as puffs of smoke escaped out of our noses.
- The music - Spice & Ice takes you back to the 90s. When Mariah was as sweet as 'Honey' and Adina Howard was well... still a 'Freak'. Expect mellow soulful tunes and as the night gets going its turned up a notch with a DJ – (for those dining, the DJ is nestled away towards the bar).
- The decor - contemporary, modern and vibrant with a neon edge. The layout offers a mix of intimate tables on one end with larger groups catered on the other side. Seating is both formal and casual with comfy sofas. Plus, when you’re done with dinner, we’d recommend you stop for a night cap in the bar area.
- So, to the food. We ordered a range of starters: the samosas (deliciously crispy on the outside with a soft paneer on the inside), the cocktail paneer (a high end twist on the classic cheese dish, served like a salad), the chicken tikka pieces (succulent and perfectly roasted), deep fried soft shell crab (a modern take on the traditional pakora) and the piece de resistant: the 'chilly' cheese on toast - so good we ordered a second helping.
For mains we again shared a mix of: dal makhani (the creamy brown version) and dal tadka (the red slightly spicer version) for a lentil overdose of pure pleasure. We added the Aloo Mattar (a gorgeous gravy with peas and potatoes) to the list of veggie dishes and a Chicken Korma (the sauce is served on the side) and the dish of the evening, the prawn coconut chilly, all if which was washed down with jeera rice, lacha parathas and butter naans...yum yum! The dishes were beautifully presented and surprisingly light, rather thoughtfully leaving room for a sweet.
- The desserts are worth writing home about – Spice and Ice have a modern take on all their desserts, the Citric Apple Kheer – normally a plain hot rice dish has been infused with apple to add a little tangy twist! But the standout favourite was the Gulab Jamun, made of milk powder, yoghurt, sugar and water. They come in four small balls, perfectly crafted with, a tarragon sauce. They are melt in the mouth delicious and should defintely be ordered.