Spice Affair, Beverly Hills
Spice Affair, an Indian restaurant located in a posh black building on La Cienega in the middle of Beverly Hills, has been a restaurant that we’ve wanted to try for a couple years now. It opened its door four years ago and became an instant favorite amongst the famous “Restaurant Row.” Owned by an entrepreneurial restaurateur and her MD husband, they also have a kiosk location in the Westfield Century City Mall just a couple miles away.
As soon as we walked inside, our senses were greeted with the most amazing aromas. It had been a while since either of us had enjoyed Indian food and the smell alone was enough to make one impatient to eat.
Although it was a beautiful, sunny day, the ambiance inside made us forget about the world outside. The lounge area is dimly lit with comfortable seating – a perfect spot to have a glass of wine while you wait to meet up with friends. If your destination is the bar, you’ve found a good one. The bar is a gorgeous, full bar with plenty of seating. Whatever you feel like sipping, they have a specialty cocktail menu to match your desire. The Mumbai Mule, Golden Elixir, and Habanero Infusion are all super popular, as are the cocktails we enjoyed at lunch, which we’ll get to in a moment.
It’s clear why this is a celebrity hot spot on Friday and Saturday nights. The large booths and subdued lighting make it easy to hideaway and enjoy a delicious meal with a little privacy. But we were there at noon on a Wednesday, without any concern about paparazzi invading our time to enjoy a good meal. Not being a celebrity also has its perks.
We began with an order of palate cleansers, the black grape and mint cooler, and the smoke pineapple quencher. People, we could have subsided on these juices alone. They were way better than any cold-pressed juices we’ve had recently and were so rich with flavor that we wanted another round. However, we held ourselves back, knowing that there was more goodness to come. We also ordered a few cocktails to try: Redemption Story, Pisco Blossom, and Mr. Harrison. Allll amazing.
Our fabulous server who was not only warm and friendly but full of wit and charm made all the food recommendations, which we were grateful for. There were too many tempting choices! We ordered the potato sphere and spinach chaat, potato and peas samosa, and avocado bhel to start. THEN we had the butter chicken and chargrilled lobster. Couldn’t stop there though.
For dessert we tasted the Gulab Jamun, Mango Mango, and Ras Malai, washed down with an insanely good Dark Temptation cocktail. We need to tell you right now that it was hands-down the best chocolate martini we’ve ever had. Simply fabulous.
Because of our bartending business and the frequency with which we recommend party venues to our clients, we visited Spice Affair’s private dining room and banquet room. The private dining room seats twenty-four people comfortably and has a ceiling projector that can be wirelessly hooked up to your laptop for presentations, movies, or slide shows. The banquet room can seat 120 people and has its own entrance, bar, and restrooms. The space is well-lit with plenty of natural light, and has beautiful chandeliers across the ceiling. A great space for an upscale event.
If we haven’t made it clear already, we can’t wait to go back. Located just up the street from LACMA and down the street from the Beverly Center, this Indian restaurant is a “must visit” the next time you’re in LA.