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A taste of India at Ice’N’Spice Toowoomba

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Regularly described on trip advisor as “Amazing and Exceptional” it’s no wonder we were keen to check out Ice N Spice Indian Restaurant, they were flying high in review land and we really wanted to find out why. This unassuming little restaurant is situated in the Northlands shopping centre in Hume St Toowoomba. Nothing fancy, just a simple family-run restaurant that seats maybe 30 or 40 (if you take in the seats outside in the mall).

The night we decided to visit was really chilly so it was lovely to walk into this warm and cosy little venue. The walls & ceiling are adorned with colourful artwork & rugs that give it an inviting feel and that’s pretty much how our experience started.

Greeted like long lost friends by Preet we were seated at a little table near the front door where we soon worked out that this warm welcome was not exclusively for us, that’s how all of the customers are greeted here it seems, like friends. Preet and her husband Jasvinder both come from Rajasthan, a Northern State of India, famous for its rich culture & delicious food.

In August of 2014 they opened the doors of Ice ‘n’ Spice in Northlands Shopping Centre. Preet is the face of Ice ‘n’ Spice, while Jasvinder can be found in the kitchen, busily preparing authentic dishes for their patrons to enjoy in the restaurant or via their busy take away section. So what about the food?

Entrée:

Our group of four started our dining experience with the Mix Platter ($21.99) this was a combination of Onion Bhaji, Veg Samosa & grilled chicken tikka pieces. Served with mint yoghurt and raita this platter was more than enough for the four of us. The Samosa had quite the spice kick for me, (my tastes run mild – medium) but a quick dip through the sweet tamarind sauce balanced out the heat. The Bhaji were crisp and slightly sweet and the chicken was melt in your mouth tender, perfectly flavoured!

Main:

We all decided to order curry for main but not until Preet came back to ask us what our spice preference was, Mild, Medium, Hot etc. Armed with this information she headed back to the kitchen returning a few minutes later with sample tasting spoons. What a great idea! Sampling sauces of varying heat allowed us to choose wisely.

Our shared mains consisted of four curries to share (each priced at $17.99). We started with a creamy mild lamb korma with a piquant and flavoursome cashew nut gravy. Then a sharply spiced vindaloo with tender beef that definitely ignited the palette. This was followed by Ice N Spices famous Butter Chicken, a luxuriously creamy tomato curry slow cooked to perfection. The final curry was actually my favourite, Saagwala w Chicken, mainly because of the depth of flavour in the spinach puree based sauce. I would seriously love to know the complex herb & spice combination Jasvinder used to create this medium spiced dish, it was absolutely superb!!

Accompaniments:

What is curry without loads of Naan to scoop up the sauce, and I am happy to say these were scrumptious! We chose spinach, garlic and plain Naan to go with our chosen curry dishes which were also served with fluffy rice, mango chutney, a fresh mint yoghurt & more raita. BYO wine

Verdict:

We loved it!! Ice N Spice definitely do live up to their reputation. But don’t take our word for it, try this authentic little Indian restaurant for yourself! Keep an eye out also for their new restaurant opening soon in the Toowoomba CBD – (Bell St Mall – Ruthven St)

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