My recent search for restaurants serving North Indian Food in Banashankar area, led me to this new outlet – Spice Elephant. Like always, I investigated reviews from my friends and checked reviews on other food portal before choosing to dine in with family. I managed to convince my family to dine-in, even though they had their own reservations, due to the name. But, we did dine in during the weekend and I will be sharing more details in this article.
The place is nearly 10mts away from the famous Deve Gowda petrol bunk at Banashankari. If you considering from the petrol bunk, head towards Katruguppe. At the Big Bazaar signal, take right turn. Drive along for another 100-200mts and Spice Elephant can be seen to the right side on the 1st floor.
They have parking space but no valet parking service. One needs to be careful while entering and exiting the parking lot due to narrow road.
- First impression of the restaurant is good from outside as its well-lit up, like Marriage Hall.
- They have plenty of seating options that can accommodate anywhere between 4-12 guests. A community or long table is also present in which nearly 12-16 can sit. The seating in the middle area of the restaurant has sofa & chairs. The fabric colors are very soft and looks neat.
- Every seat has Cutlery & Napkin like any other fine-dine restaurants.
- The ambiance did impress but I steel feel that they could have done something more.
This surely was the main reason for visiting the restaurant. Since we were out for dinner and celebrating, we had plans set to order multiple items.
We ordered 2 soups from different cuisines – Pudina Aur Tamatar Ki Shoraba (Indian) and Tom Yum (Thai). The taste of Tamatar Shorba was ordinary and the flavour of Tomato & Pudina were very subdued. I did not get the taste of fresh tomato which in turn affected the complete taste.
Tom Yum Soup tasted good and proportions of bok choy, peppers, tomato, zucchini & other veggies were added in right proportions.
Paneer Tikka Firadau and Malai Maska Phool were the 2 items that we ordered after consulting with the staff. Paneer Tikka was pretty good, Paneer cooked well in Tandoor but the mint chutney lacked mint-flavour.
Malai Maska Phool is like the Cream of Broccoli but named in hindi. The broccoli was well cooked, but I felt the amount of Malai was less. It was again served with same mint-chutney which lacked mint-flavor. The taste of both the starters was just above average.
Roasted Masala Papad had finely grated tomato, onion along with red chilli powder on roasted spicy papad. It was a little spicy and some of us could not enjoy the flavor.
This was my first visit to the restaurant and I thought of taking suggestion from the staff before ordering. I asked for something non-spicy and was suggested to take 2 dishes.
Zardari Kofta Labadar was meant to be less spicy and creamier but was not to be. The gravy left a spicy after taste on the tongue. I did explain to the staff, who were surprised to hear but finally acknowledge. They also told about how few guests have complained in the past.
Dal Bhukara was pretty good, and it went along well with the Indian Breads (Pudina Kulcha, Naan and Laccha Paratha).
We also tried Veg Pulao that was served with Mixed Veg Raita. This was undoubtedly my favourite dish among all the others that I tasted at this restaurant.
Chocolate Nirvana was our choice of dessert, that came with Ice-cream, Chocolate cake, liquid Chocolate and loads of nuts. The taste was pretty good, but I thought the portion size could have been bigger.
I ordered for Lime Soda (Sweet & Salt) but it turned out to be very salty. The staff took back the Lemon Salt 2 times before getting the flavours right.
Fruit Punch was decent as it had good amount of fruits mixed along with ice-cream. The presentation was average, and I would have expected them to do a little more.
It was an decent experience dining in with family at the restaurant. I loved the restaurant form outside and they have done a good job with the interiors. Presentation of the dishes were good, but they need to work on the flavours, in some of the dishes. I would urge the staff to check with the customer repeatedly to understand the spice-level needed in the food. Otherwise many guests would even get apprehensive looking at the work ‘Spice’ in the name. The restaurant has great scope for doing well in the Banashankari area. I will rate my current experience at 3.5/5.
Rating in other departments.
Food – 3.5/5
Service – 3.5/5
Ambiance – 3.75/5
Drinks – 3.25/5
Food for 2, will come upto to anywhere between INR 1200-1500.
2nd Floor, 80 Feet Road, Near Big Bazaar, 6th Block, Kathriguppe, 3rd Stage, Banashankari, Bangalore