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A new restaurant on Bussy Street pays tribute to everything spice

His  love for spicy food inspired Pondicherry-based Gopinath K R to open his new multi-cuisine restaurant, Spice Route, on Bussy Street. Using authentic  spices sourced from different places like Punjab, Kerala and even Sri Lanka, is Gopinath’s signature.  “I want to serve authentic spicy food at my restaurant. For the South Indian dishes, I pick up spices like cardamom from Kerala, for the North Indian sabzis I go to Punjab for their chaat masalas and for the continental dishes I import butter from France and beef from Scoltland,” begins Gopinath, who is also a Royal Enfield dealer. Expert hands have designed the Spice Route menu starting with their head chef Karthik Raj, who has worked at Oberoi Hotel in Shimla, as the sous chef.

spice001As for the fast moving dishes, Gopinath immediately points to the sizzlers. “We have the jumbo prawn and lobster sizzlers that are very popular.” Their nine-inch double cheese burgers are a big draw too, adds chef Raj, who brings his expertise in Himachali food to the table. “I do not think any hotel in town has Himachali dishes. I offer dal channa and cha gosht that is prepared with buttermilk, meat and fresh coriander,” he says. As for vegetarians, look out for their paneer makhni which will not be sweet but spicy. “We give it a smokey flavour to make the dish more delicious,” says Raj.

Seafood lovers are in for a treat as they have everything from a meen kozhambu to a Goan fish curry, “We will have special seafood platters, Mediterranean seafood and more,” promises Gopinath who will be adding more dishes to their menu from July 23. And for Royal Enflield loyalists, Gopinath is working on launching The Road, a resto-bar in Bussy Street, next month.

Meal for two from Rs. 400 onward. Details: 0413 4304333

Mrinalini Sundar

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