“ Address: Wilpshire Road / Rishton / Blackburn BB1 4AD „
Spice Lounge is one of many Indian restaurants in the Blackburn with Darwen area and, with so much competition, it has tried hard to set itself apart from the crowd. Located just outside the town centre in the countryside, it has wonderful views from a former public house.
The restaurant has plenty of parking in two separate car parks, which is just as well because it is far enough out of the town centre to require driving (or paying for a fairly hefty taxi bill). This isn't necessarily a bad thing though, because the surroundings are wonderful and a trip here really makes you feel like you are escaping it all.
Like I said there is a lot of competition for Indian restaurants in these parts and the way that Spice Lounge has chosen to stand out is by offering a level of luxury that none of the others have. The restaurant owners have spared no expense in presentation with the traditional against the modern and they have balanced it well. The welcome area is full of huge leather sofas and plasma TV screen, which play Asian music videos to set the scene. There are tributes to India in the form of huge gold effect statues and ornate paintings on the walls.
The staff are all well presented in smart uniforms and they offer a relaxed yet professional service that is in keeping with the tone of the restaurant.
To the food then. It is good, but not quite as good as the image of the restaurant will have you believe. The choice is excellent and there are all the usual suspects, including Biryani, Tikka Masala and Korma, as well as a selection of chef's specialities. On the few occasions that we have visited, we have opted for some of the specialities including a fish curry and a chilli garlic chicken number the last time we went. The food is tasty enough, but it doesn't quite pack that flavourful punch that you hope it will. It's a shame really because you really do want to enjoy the food as much as the surroundings, but the two don't quite match up.
Overall I'd still recommend Spice Lounge, because it offers an experience that you don't usually get in this area, but next time I might ask them to put a bit more spice in my meal - I'm absolutely sure they'd be obliging.