“ Address: 193 Banbury Road / Oxford / OX2 7AR / England „
Spice Lounge is an indian restaurant located in Summertown towards the North of Oxford. It's less than a 10 minute bus ride from Oxford City Centre & is also a 5 minute walk from a pay & display car park.
It's open for lunch & dinner, offering the chance to eat in or take away. Because I work quite nearby, some of my workmates & I visit here every month or so to treat ourselves. They offer a special 2 course lunchtime menu for £8 which is very reasonable for what you get.
So the big question you're wondering is how good is the food served at this venue? Well I've got to say from the numerous times I've visited, it's been very nice indeed. It seems to be good quality, tastes nice & is well presented. The service is also very good from the friendly & helpful staff. If you're eating in, you will presented with papadoms & a selection of sauces to enjoy whilst you look at the menu & decide exactly what to order. Once ordered, the food arrives in good time, it has never taken longer than around 20 minutes.
I would say Spice Lounge is one of the best indian restaurants to be found in the area & is well worth a visit. It offers great quality indian cuisine with great service in a nice clean environment.
Having only ever gotten takeaway from Spice Lounge, this review refers exclusively to the food they offer. The menu is surprisingly varied, and the prices reasonable; on top of this, they offer free home delivery, and free popadum and chutney's. The sum of this is that I was feeling good things before I picked up the phone.
The second pleasant surprise was the delivery time; we ordered at 9.30PM on a Saturday evening and so were expecting a wait, but our food arrived within 30 minutes. Popadums were crisp, food was very hot, and everything arrived as it should; so far so good. This is normally the part of the story where things start to take a turn for the worse, but luckily, they didn't. I went for a boring lamb korma; the sauce was creamy and the lamb tender, and as far as I'm concerned, that's all I want from an Indian. For the more adventurous amongst you, my partner assures me that the more spicy dish she went for was similarly impressive.
All in all, a fast, stress free, reasonably priced, and good tasting takeaway Indian experience.
In a sentence: Good Value, Vibrant, Modern Indian.
I was introduced to Spice Lounge by my husband's 100 year old grandmother! But the place on Banbury Road is modern and with no flock wallpaper in sight: brown-leather covered dining chairs, reasonably tasteful photos of India and food-related items on the walls, cube-like tables.
The service was welcoming and friendly, and the food, on this and another visit, was excellent, and at reasonable prices, especially for Summertown in Oxford.
The welcome plate of poppadums comes with a selection of lovely sauces, and the curries themselves are few notches above your average Indian local/take away standard: bursting with fresh ingredients, zingy, spicy where necessary and mild when required. The nan was the best I ever tasted.
Both times we came in lunch time, so I can't comment on evening audience, but in the lunchtimes the customers were varied, mostly professional looking, young to middle aged. There was some unobtrusive ambient music and the atmosphere was relaxed but not slobby: smart causal would be the best description.
All in all, excellent place and well worth a try if looking for an Indian in Summertown. They do take away too!
Contemporary Indian cuisine