Very Decent Chicken Shawarma for £2.50
Shami and Samosa, £1.50
Takeaway, Staff Curry - tasty but pretty oilyMarch 2012
£2.50 for their chicken doner/shawarma is one of the best deals around. Fresh bread and decent salad and sauces complete the package. Recommended as incredible value.
First time in a long while eating in. I'd recommend it. It was half term so the place was much less busy, due to a large part of the usual crowd being from the nearby FE college. £2.50 for the pictured chicken shawarma was a steal. They had a few different salads and sauce options and everything was cooked well - the bread fresh and crisp etc. Nothing amazing but the basics done well and at £2.50 you can't go wrong.
4th September 2011 - Takeaway order.
Good flavours but rather oily - not a massive issue for me as you can just tip it off. The daal was excellent and earthy, tasting strongly of fenugreek, the staff lamb was good - as you'd expect and the chicken Makhani was delicious and decadent in equal measure. The seekhs were a bit of a let down - as you'd expect being a delivered quite some distance. Grill stuff is always better on the spot. You can second guess these things but when seekhs call you have to answer really - and again I wasn't that fussed. One point to note was that the whole thing was pretty damn spicy - again fine for those used to it but perhaps a bit much for anyone of timid palate.
30/03/10 - latest visit
The seekh and bread were pretty good this time. The meat was not overcooked, and the bread was as good as you can expect without a tandoor (we had chapatti and naan). The £2 'offer' for a small seekh is still on, so perhaps this is just the standard price.
Spice kitchens is on the site formerly occupied by Kashmiri Spice – however there’s been a major refurbishment and there is now a semi-open kitchen. It is very light and modern, with large glass walls, which make the place rather cold in November. A result of the refurb is the attraction to youngsters form the local college, a few groups of whom were the other diners. The menu is standard North Indian/Pakistani kebab house – (ie including curries and pizzas). The staff were nice and helpful, however there was a certain amount of confusion about a few things. The starters (a shami and a samosa) were excellent. The kebabs were tasty but not faultless – the bread was excellent but the meat overcooked. It is often the case with lamb kebabs – it was on far too long and cut too many times to speed up cooking. Perhaps a chicken kebab on another day would be better, though the overcooked seekh didn’t do anything to strengthen that case. However, £2 for a small seekh is good by any standards – that was, possibly, an ‘introductory’ type offer. Unless you really like the décor there’s no particular reason to go here rather than any other half decent place nearby – Saajan, Al Madina, Lal Quila Express etc. It’s not a terrible place but dry, overcooked meat is a pretty basic error - luckily one that's easily fixed.
Scores out of 10