In a previous life, I lived just off Brick Lane, London’s curry central. Whilst authenticity may not always have been the priority in many of the restaurants, there remains something comforting about a made-for-a-British-palate korma and naan bread. So, one Friday evening when we noticed Spice Aroma for the first time on Glebe Point Road, and craving samosas, I couldn’t resist.
Still bearing the scars of the previous inhabitants outside, there are only a handful of other diners as we enter. Service is prompt and friendly, and the menu exactly what I was hoping for. To start, we have samosas ($7.90 for 2) and an excellent small Masala Dosa ($12.90) — the dosa perfectly crisp and the spiced potato filling sweet and satisfying. A coriander yoghurt dip gives a good contrast to the fried samosas. Of course, the main event was the curries: a lamb madras ($17.90) was full of chillis and as spicy as promised, whilst a lamb rogan josh ($17.90) was packed with cardamom and exactly what I was looking for.
What the decor lacked in polish Spice Aroma certainly made up for with punchy flavours, making for an enjoyable evening and the satiation of my curry craving.
Spice rating: Cardamom
34 Glebe Point Road, 2037