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Spice Quarter, Cardiff, South Glamorgan

Spice Quarter

3.9
3.9
157 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian

Spice Quarter is on the first floor of the popular restaurant hub, the Old Brewery Quarter in Cardiff city centre. Unlike the capital’s tens of ‘cheap eat’ restaurants, Spice Quarter places itself in the a la carte dining set. They’ve got the contemporary look right. And the food’s genuinely excellent. Visible hard at work in the glass fronted kitchen, each of the five chefs, recruited from luxury hotels in Delhi and Bombay, specialises in cooking from their regional home. So from the street-side eateries of Punjab comes a smooth butter chicken, while a Malabri fish curry could have come direct from the South Indian coast.

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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Indian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 16:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30 Sun 16:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    029 2022 0075

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Menu

Two Course Lunch

£8.99

    Appetizers

    • Fish Amritsari**

      Fish fillet dipped in mildly spiced traditional batter and deep fried

      • Chicken Pakora*

        Fine shards of chicken breast dipped in spiced batter and deep fried

        • Dahi Puri Chaat*

          Crisp shells of pastry filled with a tangy mix of potatoes and chickpeas topped with sweet yoghurt, fruity tamarind and gram flour vermicelli

          • Onion Bhaji*

            World famous snack of onions deep fried in a gram flour batter to produce a crisp coating

            Main Courses

            • Panjim Fish Curry*

              Slivers of Tilapia fish cooked with coconut, mango, chilies and Goan spices. Served with steamed basmati rice and a garnish of leaf salad

              • Saag Gosht*

                Welsh Lamb cubes and spinach combine to produce rich gravy that is seasoned with spices and ginger. Served with steamed basmati rice and a garnish of leaf salad

                • Murg Tikka Masala*

                  Chunks of chicken tikka cooked in a smooth, mild gravy cooked to our own special recipe. Served with steamed basmati rice and a garnish of leaf salad

                  • Murg Kadhai***

                    Chunks of chicken cooked in traditional kadahi (wok) on very high heat with fresh tomatoes, chilies, mix peppers, onions, garlic ginger, fresh herbs and spices. Served with steamed basmati rice and a garnish of leaf salad

                    • Bhindi Masala*

                      Okra seasoned with a mélange of royal cumin seeds and cooked with a masala of tomato and onion.Served with steamed basmati rice and a garnish of leaf salad

                      • Paneer Makhani*

                        Our homemade cottage cheese cooked with cream, tomatoes, fenugreek, chilies and spices.Served with steamed basmati rice

                        Lunch Curry In a Hurry

                        £5.95

                        • Murg Shahi Korma*

                          Chicken pieces seared and slow cooked in smooth creamy gravy flavored with cardamom. Served with steamed basmati rice

                          • Murg Tikka Masala*

                            Chunks of chicken tikka cooked in a smooth, mild gravy cooked to our own special recipe. Served with steamed basmati rice

                            • Rogan Gosht*

                              Tender welsh lamb cubes cooked in medium spiced gravy of rich in tomatoes and onions. Served with steamed basmati rice

                              • Bhuna Gosht**

                                Cubes of welsh lamb cooked with brown onions, green coriander, ginger and fresh chili to produce a thick gravy. Garnished with sautéed onions and tomato. Served with steamed basmati rice

                                • Jeera Aloo*

                                  Potato chunks cooked with various spices and fresh tomatoes flavoured with whole cumin seeds.Served with steamed basmati rice

                                  Accompaniments

                                  £1.95

                                  • Aloo Gobhi*

                                    Potato chunks and cauliflower florets cooked with a mild masala and fresh tomatoes

                                    • Bombay Aloo*

                                      Potato chunks cooked with various spices and tangy sauce

                                      • Traditional Naan

                                        Buttered leavened bread

                                        • Vegetable Raita

                                          Plain yoghurt with chopped cucumber, tomato and red onions

                                          • Peshawari Naan

                                            Saffron, nuts and sweet cherries Naan

                                            • Lasooni Naan

                                              Garlic and coriander Naan

                                              • Tandoori Roti

                                                Whole wheat flavored unleavened bread

                                                • Red Onion Salad

                                                  Onion rings with lemon juice, Chaat masala, fresh chopped coriander and green chilies

                                                  • Masala Chips

                                                    Fried chips tossed in chaat masala giving them an Indian twist

                                                    Last updated: 5 February 2022

                                                    What 157 people are saying

                                                    Overall ratings and reviews

                                                    Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                    3.9
                                                    3.9 based on all time ratings
                                                    • 4.1Food
                                                    • 3.8Service
                                                    • 3.8Ambience
                                                    • 3.6Value

                                                    NoiseModerate

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                                                    1. LD

                                                      LoraineD

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 31 December 2021

                                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                      Delicious meals - I had the sea bass which was cooked beautifully, my husband had a chicken korma which was super creamy and the meat nice and tender. Really clean, nicely spaced tables for covid purposes and a great wine selection! Would definitely recommend.

                                                    2. RC

                                                      RobC

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 9 December 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Second time I've eaten here in the last six months. The food is not what you get from a 'typical' Indian restaurant (although that is available if you wish) Both my friend and I really love the choice and quality of the food. Service is excellent, friendly and efficient. If I'm looking for somewhere to eat in central Cardiff this is my first option. Can't recommend highly enough.

                                                    3. MC

                                                      MarkC

                                                      Surrey

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      2.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 6 November 2021

                                                      overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                      Little variety and the portions were small and expensive

                                                    4. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      South Wales

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 17 September 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      My husband and I have been going here for years. Recently took a large group from work, my husband’s friends and for a family meal. Each time we had amazing service and food with everyone raving about the place so my husband and I now know we are not biased!

                                                    5. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      London

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 May 2021

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent service and food.

                                                    6. BT

                                                      BrianT

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 27 November 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The restaurant was superb, couldn’t fault it in any way at all. Very friendly staff, extremely helpful with questions about menu and gluten free options. Service was excellent and we will definitely be re visiting the venue. I would highly recommend the restaurant. It certainly deserves 5 stars.

                                                    7. MM

                                                      MaryM

                                                      South Wales

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 21 November 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      The food was gorgeous and the service was brilliant. The staff were courteous and helpful and the restaurant was very well presented. will definitely visit again.

                                                    8. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 5 September 2020

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                      Good food, good service value for money. The restaurant was very quiet when we went, so hard to judge what the atmosphere is like. All round enjoyable food and visit

                                                    9. DE

                                                      DavidE

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 September 2020

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                      Good quality food. Friendly efficient service. Excellent Covid prevention

                                                    10. BK

                                                      BrianK

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 25 August 2020

                                                      overall3food4service1ambience5

                                                      Visited with as a family of four for an evening meal at 6.30pm on a Tuesday. The restaurant is on the first floor and there's no lift so any wheelchair users should be aware. We were seated quite quickly and the first waiter brought our drinks order promptly. From there the service starts to go downhill as another waiter took our food order and unlike all the tables around us failed to bring our complimentary popadums and the starters took over 30 mins to arrive. By now the restaurant was really busy with a queue of on average over a dozen people waiting for ages at the entrance to be seated so lets say we felt ignored and it became a struggle to get our mains or the attention of any waiters who were all over stretched at this stage. After our mains eventually arrived it then took over 40 mins to get our desserts after asking 2 separate waiters. The chocolate cake dessert I ordered had been microwaved for too long and was very hard after it had cooled down sadly. Overall the food was mostly tasty and well presented but our experience was let down the disorganised service. Would recommend the food but the staffing levels and training need to be addressed.

                                                    11. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 1 February 2020

                                                      overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                      Service poor Limited menu compared To similar Indian restaurant

                                                    12. HR

                                                      HelenR

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 25 January 2020

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                      Great food, service was good go side ring they were very busy, will definitely visit again soon

                                                    13. NW

                                                      NeilW

                                                      South Wales

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on 17 December 2019

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                      Very good food, good seating, very good service - what's not to like

                                                    14. M

                                                      Marc

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 20 November 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Enjoyed our visit to Spice Quarter, lovely freshly prepared food and friendly service. Restaurant is beautiful

                                                    15. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      London

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      1.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on 9 November 2019

                                                      overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                      Food was ok. Service was appalling. Tried to charge us for food and drink that never came. Avoid!

                                                    16. M

                                                      Marc

                                                      South Wales

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 25 October 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Excellent food, service and cocktails a perfect night.

                                                    17. MH

                                                      MarkH

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 12 October 2019

                                                      overall3food5service5ambience2

                                                      Really enjoyed meal but wouldn’t go back as I don’t agree with a service charge of 10%. It should be up to the customer how much they want to tip for service.. Mark

                                                    18. G

                                                      Gordon

                                                      Manchester

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      3.0

                                                      10 reviews

                                                      Dined on 16 September 2019

                                                      overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                      Food was average -

                                                    19. GB

                                                      GillB

                                                      1 review

                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 15 June 2019

                                                      overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                      Service was terrible waited for 15 mins to be asked if needed a drink , then further 20mins to take order - food was good though when it did arrive - very disappointed with rude staff - wasnt even packed restaurant wouldn't recommend this place

                                                    20. SC

                                                      StephenC

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 8 June 2019

                                                      overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                      The service was the worst I have experienced for many years. From being taken to the table it took 25 minutes for a waiter to come to the table and ask for drinks and food. We only ordered a main course and this took a further 1hr to arrive. The food when eventually served was to a good standard but I find the service standard to be terrible and they had the audacity to charge 10% service charge on top of the bill.

                                                    21. RC

                                                      RichardC

                                                      Gloucestershire

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      3.0

                                                      7 reviews

                                                      Dined on 29 May 2019

                                                      overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                      Limited staff meant that we had to wait for our table despite having booked in advance and arrived on time. We were not offered drinks or menus. The restaurant decor is quite spartan with an awkward layout and tables quite close together. However, the table service was good and the food was of a high standard, with the lamb in particular being very tender.

                                                    22. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 27 May 2019

                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                      Really lovely surprise - hadn't heard of / come across this place before, but food was really excellent - far exceeded expectations, really tasty and nicely presented too. Highly recommend.

                                                    23. L

                                                      Lulah

                                                      Surrey

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      3 reviews

                                                      Dined on 27 April 2019

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Last visited Cardiff 2 years ago & tried the Spice Quarter & thought this was the best Indian restaurant ever! Was worried it wouldn't be as good 2 years later. However being that it was a Saturday night on a day following 2 rugby games in the City we were once again hugely impressed. We arrived for our table & the restaurant was heaving, we were given our table immediately & the service that followed was faultless! I was expecting a huge wait as they were so busy, but the waiter took our drinks order immediately & the drinks arrived quickly. The service was attentive all evening without being obtrusive. The food was impeccable & the ambience really good, again considering they were at full capacity, the noise level wasn't overpowering our conversation. Highly recommend, just hope I don't have to wait another 2 years to go back.

                                                    24. J

                                                      Jordan

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 14 February 2019

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Service was a little slow. We waited over an hour for our food. Was tastey though. We had to wait for more drinks, not once did someone come over and ask us even though our glasses had been emptied for ages .. overall good though just a bit slow on the service side

                                                    25. j

                                                      jwpp

                                                      London

                                                      33 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      33 reviews

                                                      Dined on 9 February 2019

                                                      overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                      A nice meal but nothing out of the ordinary.

                                                    26. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Memphis

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      4 reviews

                                                      Dined on 13 January 2019

                                                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                      Nice meal very quiet

                                                    27. JD

                                                      JacquelineDP

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 8 December 2018

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                      I have only given average scores. Food was ok. There are places better. Service was also ok though didn’t get the impression they cared whether we were there or not. I alerted them through the booking that I was vegan. It was mentioned when I arrived and the waiter went through the vegan starter options which was good and then told me about three mains but each of these had meat or fish in them! We had to repeat our request for additional water. Rather impersonal service.

                                                    28. AF

                                                      AlliF

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 7 December 2018

                                                      overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                      We went on a very busy Friday night. Service not great. Waited 90 minutes for our meal. However, it was definitely worth waiting for. We were a party of 4 and all our meals were outstanding.

                                                    29. SR

                                                      SimonR

                                                      Bristol

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 9 November 2018

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                      TOOK SOME CLIENTS HERE FOR A MEAL AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, LOCATION, FOOD, SERVICE GREAT CURRY HOUSE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND

                                                    30. v

                                                      vanessak

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 26 October 2018

                                                      overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                      Couldn't fault the food, it was all delicious however unfortunately it all felt a bit rushed, regarding the service everything seemed to come at once and the staff were in a rush to clear the table

                                                    31. f

                                                      ftsmjs

                                                      New York Area

                                                      78 reviews

                                                      vip
                                                      4.0

                                                      78 reviews

                                                      Dined on 6 October 2018

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      Good find on a very busy Saturday night in Cardiff.

                                                    32. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      South Wales

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      2 reviews

                                                      Dined on 22 September 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Food was delicious and different from your standard Indian Chicken Tikka Masala etc. We weren’t rushed and had a really nice corner table. Good size portions with just enough. Would happily come back

                                                    33. RB

                                                      RichatdB

                                                      1 review

                                                      3.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 9 September 2018

                                                      overall3food3service3ambience2

                                                      Restaurant nearly empty, Food and Service disappointing

                                                    34. A

                                                      Andy

                                                      Kent

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      4.0

                                                      25 reviews

                                                      Dined on 16 June 2018

                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                      Just on the side of stylish and vibrant, rather than tacky and loud. Creative menu and decent atmosphere.

                                                    35. JP

                                                      JohnP

                                                      London

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 29 March 2018

                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                      Excellent meal, with good service and some unusual dishes. Prices are average but good value for money. We will definitely eat here again when we are in Cardiff.

                                                    36. CP

                                                      ChloeP

                                                      Orlando

                                                      1 review

                                                      5.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 19 March 2018

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                      Good food, good variety and server willing to modify for particular tastes. tasty and well cooked good service

                                                    37. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      South Wales

                                                      1 review

                                                      2.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 24 November 2017

                                                      overall2food4service1ambience2

                                                      The food overall was fab ,after we foud a black hair stuck in one of the popadoms ,they did say sorry and gave us 1 to replace it,but no refund or discount ,had to remind the waiter for our wine and wait an hour for our main meal ,didn't feel the servive was worth the 10% service fee we had to pay on top of our bill which was £16 ,I always leave a tip but I think it should be our choice how much depending on the service we have .

                                                    38. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      Cheshire

                                                      1 review

                                                      4.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 17 November 2017

                                                      overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                      Enjoyed our meal emensly great service staff were wonderful

                                                    39. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      N. Ireland

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      5.0

                                                      5 reviews

                                                      Dined on 25 October 2017

                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                      Food was excellent and very good value for money, staff friendly and attentive. Only downside tables are close together and conversation can be difficult at times. Will go back

                                                    40. OT

                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                      San Francisco

                                                      1 review

                                                      1.0

                                                      1 review

                                                      Dined on 15 October 2017

                                                      overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                      Everything was rubbish from the food to the service and to add insult to injury they automatically charge you a gratuity which is an astounding 10% what a rip off. The only reason I did not complain was that it was my husbands birthday treat while we were visiting Cardiff.

                                                    FAQs

                                                    Spice Quarter does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. Spice Quarter also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 029 2022 0075.

                                                    Spice Quarter is rated 3.9 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                    Booked 3 times today
                                                    Google Map for Spice Quarter

                                                    Unit 8B, First Floor, The old brewery quarter St Mary's Street Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF10 1FG

                                                    Additional information

                                                    • Area

                                                      Cardiff

                                                    • Hours of Operation

                                                      Mon–Thu 16:00–22:30 Fri, Sat 12:00–22:30 Sun 16:00–21:30

                                                    • Cuisines

                                                      Indian

                                                    • Dining style

                                                      Casual Dining

                                                    • Dress Code

                                                      Smart Casual

                                                    • Parking Details

                                                      John Lewis is the closest Car park

                                                    • Payment Options

                                                      AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                    • Additional

                                                      Banquet, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeaway, Wine

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