“ 159 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3TT, Tel: 020 8572 1149 „
Hounslow is not well known for good restaurants and food joints. The high street and surrounding areas are littered with McDonalds, KFCs, Burger Kings and other junk food and kebab shops. Though this area have considerable amount of south asian population, there is not a single traditional (and good) indian restaurant around. To get the real indian food, one needs to go to Southall ;-)
So, when this new restaurant was opened on the ground floor of the new IKEA flatpack look alike building in the corner of Bell Road around 10 months ago, I was impressed by its classic look and very high standard decor. I just wondered if such a posh restaurant will work in this area, where people want real taste of Indian food and not that jazzy look and feel.
I received 20% off coupon with local Hounslow Informer news paper and I got an excuse to go and try this restaurant with my wife and one year old son. Though it was a walking distance from my house, I decided to drive there as it was around 10pm and also my baby might feel sleepy soon.
I could not find free parking nearby, so decided to enter free carpark next door. Luckily it was free durin off-peak hours.
The interior was very well decorated, with small halogen bulbs hanging from the ceiling. The bar area is lower than normal floor level, giving impression of wine basement. There is a split level balcony area overlooking the ground floor restaurant, where you can hold private funcations.
There is a big projected screen playing bollywood music videos. The sound level is easy on ear. The furniture is dark wood color with spotlights, giving very cozy atmosphere.
The best thing I have noticed was the staff and service. There were always smiling, not that plastic smile, but genuinely welcoming smile. They were very helping and attentive, but at the same time not intrusive at all. I found this place quite child friendly, with staff members even stopping by to say hello to the baby.
As I am vegeterian, I can not give much information on the food side. But whatever we ordered was up to the high standard. The taste and aroma of food was quite posh unlike indian restaurants in Southall. and was quite similar to Monty's in ealing. But veggie options here are not very great, so I prefer Monty's for veggie food. They are also bold and experimental with their food. The barbaque mashrooms were very good, and I tasted that first time in any Indian restaurant in UK. We also enjoyed other starters like papdi chat served in a bowl made of poppudum !!
I visited the restaurant on Saturday night, and there was a dance party upstairs in private funcation area. It was getting bit noisey. Some may find it lively, and some feel it bit loud when seeking for quiet cozy dinner.
To sumarize, It was very pleasant experience and I would go there again, thsi time with friends.
The palatial interior of Urban Spice has been beautifully created with a stunning array of sparkling glass, intricate stone work and meticulous attention to enhance the jovial ambience.