Having only been open for less than 3 months, Spice Av is already winning the hearts of Port Melbourne locals.
The restaurant serves classical Indian dishes with a fresh twist, focusing on using local produce and fresh ingredients. Fresh, light and full of the spices is the name of the game and it is easy to understand why the restaurant is almost always bustling and full to the brim.
The Chicken Tikka was a delicious starter. The boneless pieces of chicken were tender, having been roasted to perfection in a traditional clay oven.
Cumin Crusted Scallops and Prawns
The scallops and tiger prawns were beautifully fresh and simply seared in cumin infused olive oil. The subtle spices allowed the natural sweetness of the seafood to shine.
We adored the curries we had. The Goa Fish Curry was a beautiful yellow curry made from ground coconut, tamarind and whole spices. It was a crowd favourite which had us fighting for the last morsel. The Lamb Vindaloo on the other hand was exceedingly tender and drenched in a heavier, full flavour-laden curry, courtesy of being cooked in a myriad of delectable spices while the Eggplant & Potato curry was a vegetarian curry yet another enjoyable dish. The flavours were strong and were a great pair with the fluffy naan and beady basmati rice.
The dessert menu features a selection of popular Indian treats. We particularly enjoyed the blueberry edged Kulfi which was rich, creamy, and amply sweet. The addition of the frozen blueberry layer added a slight tartness which worked wonders with the kulfi.
Spice Av presents a vivid illustration of Indian cuisine of today in India’s diverse regions. Led by Sarita, an experienced restaurateur, Spice Av focuses uniquely on sophisticated Indian gastronomy, seasoned with subtle yet complex marinades using time honoured Indian culinary methods.