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FYI SOUTH Magazine, August 2006.

The Spice Shop

(07) 281-3036
260, ChengGong 1st Road, Kaohsiung
(Close to HanShin Dept. Store)
(07) 558-5709
508, MingCheng Road, TsouYing District, Kaohsiung
Hours:Everyday 11:30 am-2:30 pm; 5 pm-10 pm

--By Dawn Reid Translated by Annie Liu

If you've craving good curry, flat bread and malsala tea, drop in at either one of the two Spice Shop outlets in Kaohsiung. If you have never tried Indian food before, The Spice Shop is a good place to start. Most of their dishes are tasty, yet not overpowering. And with a well-earned reputation for quality and service, disappointment won't be on the menu.
Over the years The Spice Shop has been providing Indian cuisine to Kaohsiung residents in a simple Madras-reminiscent eatery, where a TV with Indian music channels pump out tunes, dance routines and fashions from India, adding sight and sound to the atmosphere. A few pieces of Indian art decorate the walls but here it is mostly about the food. Serving more of a northern Indian selection you can order vegetable and meat dishes with either Naan bread or rice. Both Chicken Tikka (NT$200) and Chicken Tikka Malsala (NT$250) are delicious, and if you're in the mood for a fiery feast try the Vindaloo (NT$250). This writer recommends a lassi (a typical Indian drink made with yogurt) to go along with any spicy dish for its soothing sensation. Vegetable dishes such as Allo Gobhi (curried potato and cauliflower - NT$140) and Palak Paneer (NT$140) make the Spice Shop a good choice for vegetarians too. For even more flavour try the mango chutney (NT$50) with any dish. Beer and wine is available, as well as a choice of desserts.
The Spice Shop closes promptly at 10 p.m. so be sure to arrive in time. All dishes are available for take-away, making for a delicious alternative to enjoy at a picnic or a quiet evening at home.