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At Spice of India, brightly colored tablecloths are protected by glass tops.
If the third time is truly the charm, Spice of India will fare well. Opened at 10633 Page last month, it’s the third St. Louis metro area Indian restaurant from Sukhjinder (Bunty) Singh, who also owns Aroma Indian Grill in Hazelwood and Taj Indian Cuisine in Edwardsville, both of which have loyal followings.
Spice of India also happens to be the third Indian restaurant at this address, after Gokul Snacks and Sweets and Peshwa: The Royal Indian Cuisine, which closed last fall.
A lunch buffet is offered for $8.95 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, and an all-day buffet is available on Sundays ($10.95 after 4 p.m.). An extensive a la carte menu is available at all times, offering a wide range of Indian dishes. Fifteen “street food” items, from $4.95 to $10.95, are also available.
Although the 125-plus-item menu covers a lot of the subcontinent, the cuisine leans toward the specialties of the Punjab and Kahsmir regions of Northern India. Tandoori chicken is the most recognizable item, but there's also Chicken Karahi (bone-in chicken cooked in a spicy masala paste), Matar paneer (paneer is a tomato-based sauce), and several items containing a North Indian curry made with pickling spices (called achari).
In another departure from local Indian menus, 16 “street food” items, from $4.95 - $10.95, are also available.
On the beverage front, chai tea and mango lassi are available, along with a few wines by the glass and domestic beers, plus cuisine-appropriate beers Kingfisher, Taj Mahal, and Flying Horse.
The staff can assist in menu selection and will alter the spice level to personal tastes. Delivery is available, as is an extensive catering menu, with items available in half or full-size trays.
In addition to naan, another popular accompaniment to Indian food is papadum, a thin, crisp, fried flatbread made from seasoned flour.