Turning Up The
Heat At Spice Village Grill
By The Foodies./ firstname.lastname@example.org
Spice Village Grill on Huntingtons Main Street is far
typical Indian dining experience.
Inspired by the encouragement of friends, owner of three years
Tabassum Ali has built what he calls an Indian fusion
restaurant, which he operates with his son, Omar.
Ali said his menu offers a combination of Indian and Pakistani
dishes, and what distinguishes Spice Village from most other
Indian restaurants is the way his chefs incorporate herbs
and spices. Ali said he flavors his foods authentically as
it is done in India, rather than adjusting them to accommodate
the tastes of an American palate.
The difference is that other restaurants [make their
menus] based on the [tastes of] the local market. They use
heavy creams to make [their dishes] mild for customers, but
ours are original, Ali said.
The owner said he often tests new dishes on their special
menu for three to four months. Based on their popularity,
he decides whether or not to incorporate certain dishes into
their main menu.
Spice Village is proud of its authentic Tokri Chaat appetizer,
a potato basket filled with chic peas, chutney, diced tomatoes,
onions and yogurt. The tamrin sauce brings the cold dish full
Alis spin on traditional Chicken Tikka Masala, paired
with thin, cranberry basmati rice, is worth the visit for
the less-adventurous foodie. Their mixed grill combo, with
chicken, lamb, lamb chops, beef and chili peppers, is a delicious
meal for the craving carnivore.
The owner said that despite the abundance of dishes featuring
prepared meats, 60 percent of customers opt for vegetarian
dishes. With 30-40 different vegetables and Alis knowledge
of Indian and Pakistani cuisine, the restaurants vegetarian
options have skyrocketed in popularity.
Chicken is chicken, and meat is meat. The materials
are the same but its what you do with it, Ali
said. And the way we cook our vegetables, you dont
miss the meat.
Spice Village also offers a seafood mixed grill option, featuring
tilapia, flounder, salmon, and saffron-garnished shrimps on
a sizzling hot plate. The grill tastefully infuses both heat
and herbs into the outer layer of the fish while preserving
the seafoods delicate interior, making for a delightful
Chicken lovers will not go wrong with Alis Coriander
Chicken dish, paired with cilantro, onions, garlic and ginger,
sautéed and mixed with a tomato puree.
The fusion restaurant has changed its menu three times since
opening, and the Foodies are certainly looking forward to
seeing what their next menu change brings.
Spice Village Grill
281 Main St., Huntington
Cuisine: Indian Fusion
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.;
Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.