Claiming to be authentic Indian food from the land of Maharaja might be a ballsy statement for any New York based restaurant, but Deccan Spice lives up to it. What Deccan Spice lacks in décor, it makes up for it with its expansive and frankly delicious menu. Located in the quaint east side neighborhood of Kips Bay, Deccan Spice is a must see for any visitor or local. Being slightly overshadowed by bigger Indian restaurants in the area, Deccan Spice keeps up with a rather large menu filled with traditional selections and personalized local favorites. Start with the Samosa ($7) as an appetizer and your toes will curl for this popular dish. Made as crispy turnovers with savory fillings jam packed with seasoned mash potatoes, green peas and served with mint & tamarind chutney.
After you’ve experienced appetizer nirvana move on down to non-vegetarian starters like the Chicken 65 ($10) and the Chili Chicken ($11). The Chicken 65 is one of those personalized favorites mentioned earlier. Season chicken and pan-fried with union and capsicum, this juicy starter is the perfect blend of moderate to high on the spicy meter. The Chili Chicken kicks it up a notch as marinated chicken cubes stir fried and sautéed with mouthwatering chili sauce. Each bite may or may not cause internal combustion.
If you’re an Indian food beginner, try the Lamb Curry ($17) as an entree. Lamb cooked with exotic hyderabadhi sauces. This curry is delicate enough for any novice. If you’re looking for that spicy life, check out the Chicken Tikka Masala ($15). Savory boneless chicken roasted in a special clay oven and cooked with multiple flavorful spices including onion and bell peppers, makes this one for the pro’s. What’s an Indian dinner without the Naan ($3)? Savory and crispy, the Naan is a staple, but what Deccan Spice does with it makes it special. Peppered with spices, the Chili Garlic Naan ($5) delivers a familiar taste packed with exotic condiments. Flush the goodness down with a Taj Mahal Lager Beer and a Falooda ($8). Foreign to some, the Falooda is a refreshing dessert drink made with rose syrup, sweet basil seeds and ice cream. Creamy and fragrant, this dessert is a must try. Careful with the basil seeds, they tend to get stuck in-between your teeth. Given the obscure size of Deccan Spice, you most likely won’t notice it walking by, but if you’re looking for authentic Indian food at a reasonable price you need to check it out.
BY TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER: EMY RODRIGUEZ