Indian-inspired cuisine at Spice

By Priya Hutner  ·

 

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Co-owner Christa Finn  ·

Spice is not a traditional Indian Restaurant, but unquestionably Indian inspired. A fan of Indian food, the aroma of curry stirs my senses and the curry and Naan are plentiful.

“Our vision has evolved since we first opened and so has our food. We serve fresh, delicious food at affordable prices,” says Christa Finn, one of the owners.

I love that Spice makes everything homemade on the premises from breads to desserts.

“We use local sustainable products whenever possible,” Christa adds.

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Falafel Spice-wich  

Spice-wich, the restaurant’s signature sandwich, offers a choice of fillings like butternut squash lentil cake, curried turkey with coconut sauce, and Korean beef with green chili served on Naan, roti or gluten-free bread. My taste adventure begins with a Samosa, a traditional Indian appetizer of curried spiced potatoes, onions and peas wrapped in a lightly fried dough pastry, and served with a mint and cilantro sauce followed by Spice’s homemade Chickpea and Almond Falafel Spice-wich, served in Naan, and topped with tzatziki sauce. I enjoyed Spice’s twist on falafel, and the Naan was perfect.

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Samosa

Chicken Tikka Masala is a house favorite served with a sweet potato apple ginger spread and spicy slaw, and topped with chipotle mango sauce and sweet potato chips. The spicy slaw made with cabbage, carrots, cilantro and jalapeno vinaigrette was tangy, with a subtle hint of zesty spice.

If you are a fan of sauces, they are plentiful at Spice. There is a sauce for every palate. For those that don’t like it hot, food is made to order, and for those that like some heat in their life, sauces range from medium to hot and spicy.

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Chef Carl Simoneau  

Chef Carl Simoneau loves to create and prepare healthy food. The menu offers a selection of Curry Bowls with vegetable curry, Thai green curry pork, lamb or smoked chickpea vindaloo served with basmati rice. There are plenty of appetizers and sides to choose from. The Lentil Daal is delicious. Vegan and gluten-free options also are available. The beverage list is delightfully Indian with Mango Lassi, Rose Petal Orchata and Chai Tea.

Top off your meal with homemade ice cream, cookies, ice cream cookie sandwiches, rice pudding or fresh fruit popsicles. I asked Carl what his favorite dessert was. He went to the freezer and returned with a Pear Popsicle made with fresh Bartlett pears deliciously perfect for a hot summer day.

 

Spice is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at the SaveMart Plaza, 11421 Deerfield Drive, in Truckee. For information, call (530) 550-0500 or visit spicetruckee.com.