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“Pretty Good Indian Restaurant”

Spice Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Ranked #28 of 136 Restaurants in Kinshasa
Cuisines: Indian
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Reviewed 21 November 2019

Spice is a well-reputed Indian restaurant on the corner of Avenue des Travaillers and Avenue du Haut Congo in the Gombe district of Kinshasa. While it does not have any great visual appeal, the food is pretty good even if the price is typically high.

The avenues around Spice are not the most bustling so it does take a little bit of finding to discover the restaurant. After dark there is not really much going on so it is helpful to have the security guide the street parking. Given the roads are quiet of a midweek evening, parking on the side of the road is easy to find.

From the outside, Spice looks ok. It is obviously an Indian restaurant just from the style. Inside there is nothing much to speak of about the place. It just looks fairly innocuous. Distinguishing features are hard to find but at least the place is clean and in good order. It is boring to look at and there were not many patrons so atmosphere was self-generated.

The food is pretty good. The menu has a decent range and includes a set of vegetarian options. Most of the typical choices are available. The difficulty is price. Kinshasa is expensive to eat out in and Spice is no exception. The value for money is not great but that is the way of things in this city.

Food was definitely tasty. Various starters went down well even if they were not especially remarkable. Main courses also had success including dhals and a well-constructed aloo gobhi. While not world-beating, the food is decent and that's a great result here. Textures were generally good, sauces were ok, and the flavouring was a little light on heat and to be honest, spice, but it did just enough to keep the tastebuds interested.

Service was really good. Local staff conversed in French but some of the Indian staff were more comfortable in English. Suggestions as to what types of dishes to spread across a large table worked well.

Although price is an issue and the place has no visual appeal, Spice is a good Indian restaurant in Kinshasa. There is a reason it is regarded as one of the better restaurants in the city as it provides a decent and fairly flavoursome meal which makes it a reasonable enough place to eat.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Thank Malarchy
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Reviewed 13 April 2019 via mobile

Just loved the vegetarian food here and roti and naan were done very well
Can't feel we are away from the best restaurants in India..
Also they have changed interiors and now looks much fresh.
One must visit Spice if they love indian food

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank sanjayd0shi
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

After recieving my menu i was told that there was a printing mistake instead of it being 18,000 ($12) congolese franc for a main dish it should be $18 !!.
Ive travelled to 30 odd african countries and ive lost coynt hoe many times this has happened to me in restaurants.
The chicken had more bones than meat. Wasn't good.

Avoid this place

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 830petes
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing flavors and good value for money combine for the best Indian restaurant I have tasted in central Africa. The welcome is great, the decor is modern and subtle and the menu is extensive. The food was relatively quick and the taste was amazing. All server in sizzler plates do the food was hot. All very different tastes and best option is to share a number of dishes in the middle of the table. Try the chicken sheesh kebab, chicken tikka and prawn tikka all great dishes.
I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank Danny_Zam
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Reasonably good food, in fact quite tasty. It is an elegant restaurant, well finished decorwise. Typical Indian menu with also some Thai/Chinese cuisine mixed in also. Had the Paneer Tikka Masala, another guest had Lamb. No complaints on the food side. Let down a bit (like so many in DRC) by the quality of the service. Painfully slow and even when the drinks and food did arrive the glacial process of opening the bottle and pourinig it was almost part of a floor show!! Don't let that deter you from the food though. There is a lounge bar next door part of the same establishment but we didn't try that.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank gam8le
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