Our lunchtime adventure this week was at Spice Box, located at the Boat Avenue shopping complex in Bang Tao, Phuket.
This colourful eating establishment is in fact a renovated shipping container, with bright umbrellas hanging from the roof and comfortable outdoor bench chairs. It’s a great unpretentious place to sit and relax with friends.
We were welcomed by Savita Shastry Sirim, who is the chef and co-owner. I decided on a Salted Lassi, a deliciously refreshing yogurt drink with a touch of Himalayan sea salt, cumin and fennel seed. My lunch partner had an equally refreshing Mango Lassi.
For starters we shared the Aloo Chat and Onion Bhajji. The Aloo Chat is a must at Spicebox. The two large moist potato balls blended with herbs and spices in a crispy coating are served with three sauces – tamarind chutney, coriander and mint chutney – and raita is a steal at 80 baht.
The Onion Bhajji was equally delicious. I must admit that I’ve always found this Indian starter to be a bit stodgy, greasy and lacking in flavor. But not at Spice Box. The first thing I noticed when I bit into one of these crispy little gems was the freshness. The chopped chili and fresh coriander and spices were readily apparent and they were light and tasty. Chef Savita explained to us that the Bhajjis are made from scratch when ordered, and from the flavor and texture this is obvious.
Other starters at Spice Box include vegetable samosas, (80baht), mince samosas and chicken pakoras.
For our mains we had the Dhal Fry (180 baht), the Cauliflower and Potato Curry, the Butter Chicken (220 baht) and the Beef Curry (280 baht). The serving portions are generous and this was far too much food for two persons.
The Dhal Fry, made of yellow lentils and simmered with spices was creamy and smooth. The Cauliflower and Potato Curry, which Chef Savita advised was one of the most popular dishes, uses simple ingredients but is incredible in flavor. The Butter Chicken is as good as you will find anywhere on this island. Not the bright red radioactive sauce that arrives at some Indian restaurants, this is succulent chicken cooked with fresh tomatoes, ground spices and cream. The Beef Curry was tender and.
Other mains include Chicken Tikka, Sheekh Kebab (Lamb kebab), Pork Vindaloo and Lamb Roganjosh.
There are also weekly lunchtime and evening specials at Spice Box.
Spice Box is a new eating establishment in Phuket. The emphasis here is on the food, however it would also be a great place to hang with your friends, especially on Friday nights when the place comes alive during the Boat Avenue market. The menu has been carefully thought through to ensure that food can be served fresh and quickly. The result is what these two owners have set out to achieve, food that they love to cook and food that you want to eat all the time, delicious yet not overcomplicated. Healthy, home-style food that is made with love and care.
Spice Box offers a delivery service and is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
By Two Soul Mates on a Lunch Date