You know how your mother always taught you that “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything.” Well, that is why it has taken me so long to decide to write this post. Just over a month ago, we tried Spice & Curry in Durham with a couple of friends. The reviews online were decent and the food was supposed to be very good so I thought we would give it a try.
We arrived on a Friday night around 7:30pm. The place was fairly empty with just a few customers. The decor is extremely basic and plain with a huge TV on one end of the restaurant playing Bollywood music videos. The wait staff seemed a bit nonchalant, as we had to ask for menus and silverware. Our waiter finally made it to our table and we ordered several items. We decided to start with the Spinach Pakora and the Idli Sambar. The pakora were quite good with a nice crispy, saltiness. The idli, which are a south Indian specialty, were light and had just the right sourness. The sambar, which is the traditional accompaniment to idli, was also quite nice. I can’t remember all of the dishes we tried but they were all decent. We tried the Chicken 65, a spicy deep fried chicken dish, which was quite tasty with a nice spiciness. We also tried the Navaratan Korma, a vegetarian curry, which had a fair amount of paneer and a spicy, creamy sauce.
The issues were all in the service. After we were served our meal it seemed like the wait staff had forgotten we were there. We were done eating and had waited and waited (I think it must have been about 25 minutes) before we had to flag someone down to clear our table. He did clear some of the dishes on the table but not all. Then he asked if we were interested in desert. Mistakenly, we said yes and he gave us a menu. We made our decisions and two of us told him what we would like, before the other two could say what they wanted he walked away to get our actual waiter. The waiter came over and took our dessert orders. In the meantime, we are still sitting at a table with some dirty dishes. Our desserts came out and we ate them while the dirty dishes remained. Honestly, I think we were all so shocked by the utter incompetence that we really couldn’t say anything!
Overall, the food was tasty and well prepared. However, the food was not good enough to make up for the miserable service. I am not sure if it was just a particularly bad night but, given the number of Indian restaurants in the Triangle to try, I will not be rushing back.
Spice & Curry
2105 E NC Highway 54 # E
Durham, NC 27713