“See you tomorrow at Spicy Route. I’ll send you the map.”
Spicy Route. Barwa. How come I haven’t heard of it?
Some 20-kilometer ride with Careem and the horrendous Doha traffic in a relatively humid night, I reached the place. Unheard to many and hidden in the up and coming Barwa Village, this restaurant offers North Indian dishes (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) and other than that, my impromptu research while stuck in traffic didn’t yield any results.
Surprised. Pleasantly Surprised.
Unlike most stand alone Indian restaurants that I’ve been to in Doha, Spicy Route offers a modern approach to its interiors and over all look and feel. White cushioned sofas, neatly set up tables and interesting brass-looking metal pieces adorns the ceilings.
There is a stark difference between the seating areas on the ground floor and the on the upper level. While the ground floor offers a roomy, high ceilinged setup, the upper floor offers a more cozy, low seating dining atmosphere. While preference is always subjective, it is great to have options.
Hundreds of jars containing various spices reflects the restaurant’s inspiration: The Spice Route.
Dating back several thousand years ago, the spice route reflects the journey of spices from the Malabar coast in Kerala through Srilanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Middle East. Through trading in the old days, these Indian spices was brought to various places across the world and became instrumental in the popularity of Indian spices that we know today. Spice market will never be complete without mentioning the important cotribution of India.
Combining the rich history and modern look, I can see that the restaurant is well thought of.
More Spice More Flavor
I joined a couple of other food bloggers along with the guys from Social Clicks and the restaurant owners themselves. The menu that night highlights Spicy Route’s best-sellers and signature dishes.
I may be the lone non-Indian in the pack that night but truth be told, my fascination for Indian food has been on for years. I eat more Indian food than my own Filipino dishes. My friends can attest to that.
For non-Indians and those who are not into spicy food, don’t let the restaurant’s name scare you. None of the food that we tried that night was spicy hot but one thing I can vouch for: all of them were cooked to perfection and flavorful.
The meat was succulent and tender. People often associate “spicy” to hot, where in fact, anything with spice (be it clove, cinnamon, or mace) can be called spicy. It is more appropriate to say that it is flavorful and this is what Spicy Route delivers: innovative dishes while maintaining that flavorful authenticity.
While some would point out that it is more expensive than most Indian restaurants in Doha, the chic interior, overall dining experience, and of course, the quality of the food justifies the price very well. It will be hard not to recommend this restaurant and get the acknowledgment it deserves.
Spicy Route Restaurant
Shop No:6, Building No 16Barwa Village Doha – Qatar
Phone : +974 44449899, 44216474