SpiceKlub, Mankhool, Dubai

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on January 4th, 2017

About

Spiceklub is a theme based restaurant, the theme being Molecular Gastronomy. This place serves Indian food with a twist. The everyday recipes and the street food are presented in a completely different ‘Master Chef Style’ making it look all the more attractive.

Ambiance

The entrance for SpiceKlub and Quattro is one but gets segregated on the inside. When you enter SpiceKlub it fills you with nostalgia from just growing up in an Indian community. You see a HUGE rangoli design used as the wall, you see bicycle wheels on the roof and swings on two of the tables that is served as seats. The place is really colorful, uplifting and well lit. There is ample seating to host a party for 40 PAX approximately. The cushions are adorable as they come in colors like magenta and hot pink with funky designs on them, that truly match the whole look of the place! Definitely insta-worthy. 

Review

We were super excited to witness this little magnetic Bur Dubai joint since EVERYONE we know has been there and been charmed. Some of our friends have even been there over 8 times since its grand opening not so long ago. The place is super easy to find with parking a plenty! Inside is a colorful world, with tiny references to an Indian upbringing.

Our experience left us ecstatic and hungry for more, not because we did not eat enough but because the whole menu looked so impressive, we wanted to try them all! More reasons to head back ASAP? The co-owner, also a dear friend, suggested a variety of options for us to try, especially since most members of our family are bland food eaters and definitely could not handle the "Spice" in the "Klub".

Beverages

Coconut Water With Assorted Caviar:

The presentation is SO good, I almost had to wait for like 30 minutes till everyone finished clicking several pictures. Now this drink is supposed to be eaten because it is frozen. It is embellished with some "rose caviar" that is essentially rose flavored jelly bits. Taste wise it was spectacular! It felt like eating tender coconut, just frozen. The goblet it arrives in is filled with water to probably keep the ice cold for longer but it delusioned some of us on the table to thinking there is more in it when it actually was over. Definitely worked as a good prank on the table. 

Food

Dahi Ke Kebab:

An all time favorite, SpiceKlub version definitely got us reaching for some water after we ate this. Extremely soft and delicate, they were definitely a treat, especially with the little-infused yogurt ball on top. Gone in 60 seconds kind-a dish!
Pav Bhaji Fondue:

Unique concept, it was one of the best dishes laid on the table that night. Extremely spicy but no because of the chili, because of the garam masala, it topped in all the palate appeasers! The only issue was the bread would not sustain on the fork and we ended up just eating it off our plates by taking some bhaji individually. Defeated the purpose. If the bread was a bit harder, it would have been perfect to soak the gravy and stay on the fork as well. Mouthwatering nonetheless. 
Paapdi Chaat:

Never a dull moment at SpiceKlub, our humble paapdi chaat was transformed into some molecular gastronomy fiasco. This was paapdi was topped with some spicy green chutney, topped with a yogurt spherification, topped with sweet chutney, and lastly topped with some minty froth! The key is to have all the components together which is also the tricky part. But it is so worth it! I was not too keen to try this out, because I quite like the regular paapdi chaat but it changed my opinion. It was far better and less messy! 
Malai Kofta:

Indian main course is very rich as it is, and I feel malai kofta tops the list amonsgt the many options available. It is essentially paneer and spinach koftas topped with a VERY creamy sauce. Don't get me wrong, it is tasty AF, and my father's favorite, I just could not help but wonder the amount of calories we would be consuming. Anyways, The portion size is good enough for 4 people for this one! 
Moti Paneer Makhani:

Another family favorite, this one was cubed cottage cheese served with a rich tomato based gravy. I personally found it to be too sweet for my liking, but my family seemed to really enjoy it. Again, portion size would suit a family of four easily! 
Dal Makhani:

Only after the dishes arrived we realized how buttery our affair was. Every dish in the main course was butter themed. We anyways, dal makhani is a standard dish we always order and often use it as a benchmark to rate an Indian restaurant. Lucky for us, the dal did not disappoint though it wasn't the best either. My wife hardly ever eats dal makhani, but she had a second helping for this one. It was creamy, yes, but not over the top and had good subtle flavors to it! 

Desserts

Flower Pot:

This was a saffron and rasmalai flavored mousse, served in a Belgian chocolate pot, topped with chocolate soil and served also on a pistachio based soil. Wow! We were 6 people sharing this dessert so we HAD to break it open and eat it, but if you can you must eat it from within the pot and then eat the chocolate cup, or else it gets too messy! The dessert itself was not only luscious but very innovative and unique. I think unanimously everyone wanted another serving of it. 
Bubbling Kulfi:

So kulfi sublimated into tiny rocks and served with a variety of dips and a warning that it is essential to have the kulfi with the dips to avoid burning of the tongue thanks to the freshly added dry ice. The dips included chocolate ganache,  rabdi,  blueberry jam,  rose caviar and caramel sauce. It was one hell of a dessert especially with all the flavors that enhanced the simple kulfi into something exotic. My favorites were chocolate and caramel for obvious reasons, though the oldies loved the rabdi. 

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Excellent

Service & Hospitality –
Good

Quality & Taste of Food –
Good

Cost –
About AED75-100 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Indian, North Indian, Street Food

Phone –
04 4371668

Address –
​Opposite Aster Hospital, Near Sharaf DG, Kuwait Street, Mankhool, Dubai

Verdict

SpiceKlub is any vegetarians dream come true. The service is good and the food is beyond excellent! Molecular gastronomy was getting a bit boring for us, but they refreshed the whole thing and convinced us hard-core carnivores that non-meat food can also be tasty! We are already looking forward to our next trip there, excited to try many other dishes that we could not that day. 

P.S: Since this ones our milestone 100th food blog, we are launching a contest on Instagram in association with SpiceKlub with some sweet giveaways for you lot. Do check it out..!

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with molecular gastronomy, fusion, mixture, Desi, indian, Vegetarian


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