Dewberry’s Spice 29 - My Review
Oct. 4, 2014, 5:39 p.m.
It was a long tiring week packed with deadlines at workplace. My soul longed for a relaxed chai time. Unfortunately, there was no munching time even :( But dear, God does not leave His child unfortunate. That weekend introduced me to this charming place - Spice29. I had gone there as part of the CFG showcase. Located at the inner side of a street, i was so skeptical that I walked in and out the street twice. Please do not be deceived by the location. This charming place of greenery & shady trees with mild music & chairs remain inside of the street with a small ad-board on top highlighting Drewberrys, their initial brand. They have expanded with the addition of new Indian Cuisine- Spice29. Kavitha and Ajay, the proud owners of Spice29 gave us a warm welcome and there was the big center table ready for our gang. Then came the dishes one by one. I loved the garnishings that came with each dish, I was mind boggled how in chennai these guys get a fresh mint and kothambir leaf to garnish each and every dish, and even the onions that were kept to accompany the starters were dipped which added to the taste. A salute to them for their serving ettiquettes, I took home the garnishing part as a learning for me !! Okay enough of my talks, lets move to the dishes :)roti

Soup

 

Mushroom cappuccino soup :) :) :) :) :)

 

 

 



Rich and creamy mushroom cappuccino soup topped with cinnamon dust, also had a crispy crostini topped with a small dollop of butter and a basil leaf. Served in a coffee mug, throwing an earthen aroma with each sip. But a full mug, definitely makes you full.


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Starters

Usilampatti Ghee Roast Chicken :) :) :) :)

At the very first glimpse, it was like Usilampatti to USA. As said earlier , I couldn't stop admiring the way each dish was garnished. Look at the splash of colours!! :D I just tasted the tinge of masala around the chicken which was delicious with right blend of spices and a nice ghee aroma. My fellow bloggers too enjoyed it !


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Tandoori chicken :) :) :) :)

The tandoor was good with a nice mint dip.

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Karaikudi  spiced winglet popons with cheese :) :) :) :) :)

If you are a non-veg lover, please do not miss to order these winglet beauties. They show you the taste oh Heaven taste . By far the  best dish  in town. They are nicely fried with a cheese indulgence. Comes with finger fries and a tangy delicious dip. Yummy !!

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Look at their attitude,haan ;)

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Chennai Meen varuval :) :) :)

Chennai Meen Varuval was a bit on tangy & lower side since the above dishes dominated. It was okay.

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Malai Broccoli :) :) :) :) :)

If you are a veg-lover, please don’t miss this yummy starter. This gives your money worth. I have always thought that broccoli finds hard to fit in Indian cuisine. The very first bite of these divine crunchy malai broccolis, changed my idea. I have been trying to replicate this but in vain :( Not even close to how delicious it tasted in spice29. They were perfectly tandoored in clay pot, spiced and topped with malai. The mint dip was equally good.

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Nut stuffed paneer  :) :) :) :) :)

Nut stuffed paneer tikka was quite new to me. They tasted rich and delicious. It grabbed me twice or thrice . Had them again and again.

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Mumbai style onion bhajia :) :) :) :)

Crispy Onion Bhajis topped with cheese. I would have preferred it plain without the cheese/cream topping.

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Main Course

Appam & Vegetable Stew :) :) :) :) :)

Appams @ spice29 are larger in size and close to my mom's melt-in-mouth appams. They were perfect with the vegetable stew loaded with colourful veggie chunks.

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Dal baneras - Black Dal :) :) :) :)

The usual dal makhani was served with a basket of rotis and naan. It was good.

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Lamb shank Roganjosh :) :) :)

Yes, a large shank-ed lamb boy :) He was cooked perfect and seasoned well. The curry had a tinge of tanginess which I don't prefer in a roganjosh. Besides roganjosh, we had a hot and peppery chicken curry for the rotis.

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Lime Mint Cooler :) :) :) :)

The beverage was perfect after a spicy flavour rich lunch and Kavitha was keen enough to explain that it was not served the way it was meant to be – ice crushed smoothie. Looks like they had problems with blenders and hence they served the mint cooler like a juice. However, it was satisfying to me. Next to the desserts

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Elaneer Payasam :) :) :) :)

Elaneer payasam had the right sweetness and I was a happy soul to dig in the tender coconut pieces and quickly relish them enjoying the greens & shades around me :D

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So what do I have to say overall.. A looonggg tiring week ?! Just chill out at Spice 29...!! Gooood Ambience, Super duper Starters... Food and the place together is a treat to your  all senses!! Fresh n Fresh :)

Address :  #6/29, 'Rajam', Rajasekaran Street, (Next to Van Huesen Showroom on RK Salai), Mylapore, Chennai, TN

Cost for 2 :  1000 Rs/- Approx

Contact :      098 84 321111

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