What's up foodies! This week I'm writing about Spice Junction, which I have to say it's my fave Indian Restaurant in Whakatane. I go there both for lunches with my Mum, and for dinner with friends. Today, I'm writing about Chicken Tikka Masala, which is the sauced up cousin of the beloved Chicken Tikka.
#RonnaEats holla to: Spice Junction @ 8/75 The Strand, Whakatane
Not to be mistaken with Chicken Tikka, which is a sizzler dish, Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish of glorious chunks of tandoor grilled chicken with a tomato and yoghurt/cream sauce. It's a rich savoury flavour, with a hint of sweetness, but not as sweet as Butter Chicken. This one had chunks of tomato, capsicum and onion. I have mine medium.
I do like the complimentary poppadoms they serve as you're seated. Service is quick, and no fuss. If it's not busy, we get our order within 15 minutes easy.
The lunch menu is good value for money, as the curry dishes come with rice and a plain naan. I prefer the garlic naan and don't mind paying extra. Their naan breads are one of the best I've tasted in Whakatane. It's nicely toasted, without being dry, and doesn't leave a greasy feel in your hands.
I love rice, and always leave wishing there was more, but that's just the Asian talking. If you're like me and love rice, just ask for more.
Overall a great place to part with your moolah, the staff are friendly and service is really good.
#RonnaEats rates this: 3.8/5
Did you know that many of the Indian dishes served in the Western countries didn't originate from India? Many of the spices, yes, but the flavours were created in England. Dishes like butter chicken, chicken tikka masala and even the onion bhaji, originated in the Indian restaurants in England.
- Go hungry, Indian dishes are heavy. Don't plan on running a marathon afterwards.
- If in doubt, go mild. If it's too hot for you, ask for yoghurt or order a Mango Lasi.
- To help with digestion, try the multi-coloured aniseed mints at the counter. I usually have a handful and it helps counter that bloated feeling, and counters my garlic breath too!